GPS Devices require a warrant

January 23, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the government cannot attach a GPS device to a person's vehicle without a warrant, and without complying with the conditions of the warrant if one is issued.  Although this case is likely to generate a lot of new controversy and confusion at the lower court levels, it is a major step forward in securing the rights and freedoms of citizens from unchecked government intrusion into our lives.  The case of United States v.
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Why Remain Silent?

January 20, 2012
One of the most common questions I am asked is why I recommend people never talk to the police if they have nothing to hide.  I will try to explain that here today.  Many people talk to the police when they are stopped in a car stop because they want the officer to be nice to them when deciding what tickets to issue.  The fact is, however, that anything you say can set a trap for you that will end in you being arrested.
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Change is Coming

January 18, 2012
A note to politicians wanting to get elected this November.  Pay attention to the increasing population that calls for the legalization of marijuana.  For the first time since Gallup has been asking the question - over 40 years now - the majority of Americans say they favor the legalization of marijuana .  The public is beginning to see that the war on drugs is a war on citizens that costs us more than we can afford.
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Canada is beating the US

January 17, 2012
There is a political shift of sorts happening in Canada right now that everyone interested in convincing the US government to abandon its war on American citizens should follow.  The Liberal Party of Canada has voted to change their policy in the war on drugs .  That party has historically been opposed to the legalization of marijuana.  While the policy change has not been officially adopted, the vote to force the leadership to begin the transition process in favor of supporting legalized marijuana is a monumental shift that has serious implications for all of North America.
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Broken lab equals broken justice

January 12, 2012
I have posted an article here about new revelations that there are serious problems with the processing and reporting of evidence at the Austin crime lab .  If these allegations are true, then we have a serious problem in Austin that needs to be addressed immediately.  As many of you know, officials in Harris County, Texas are facing an embarassing situation after one of their high ranking assistant district attorneys pled the fifth in front of a grand jury investigating the...
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Candidates should answer marijuana questions

January 11, 2012
As Mitt Romney continues to dodge questions about whether he supports the legalization of marijuana - or even medical marijuana - those concerned about the fairness and equality in laws for American citizens are getting more aggressive with their questions, and their exposure of the beliefs held by political candidates.  While I doubt that a candidates position on marijuana laws will cast the deciding vote in this year's election, the issue deserves an open debate on the legitimacy...
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Our Government is violating the laws the rest of live under

January 9, 2012
A series of stories have recently broke that calls into serious question the sanctity of our laws and the competence and commitment of our government bureacracy.  The Associated Press reported yesterday that the DEA not only participated in the laundring of drug cartel money, but actually flew a plane through Dallas containing a shipment of cocaine .  Much of the money they laundered for the drug cartel was eventually lost, and the drug shipment was eventually delivered to Madrid.
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Selecting the best judges

January 9, 2012
A trial attorney's first job is to educate.  We have to educate the judge first, then the jury.  Often we find ourselves combating the long held beliefs of both, but combating those beliefs when such beliefs are so deeply entrenched is a difficult, but necessary, task of defense attorneys.  In states that adhere to the Missouri Plan for judge selection most judges are former prosecutors.  In fact, the surest way to become a judge is to serve your time in the prosecutor's...
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Join us in changing injustice

January 6, 2012
Today, I have posted an online petition asking the Texas Legislature to enact a law that waives immunity for prosecutors who violate the law and trample on the rights of the accused.  I have been posting articles all week about the need for such a law, and from the amount of traffic we have been getting it appears that you are interested in making a change. Please take a moment and read what our petition is about and sign it .  Together we can stop prosecutorial misconduct or hold those government officials that violate our rights accountable to We The People.
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A plan to stop misconduct

January 5, 2012
I posted my proposal on my blog today of a new law that will bring prosecutorial misconduct to a near stop.  I expect there will be those who think the law goes too far, and those that think the law does not go far enough.  I have tried, however, to strike a balance between letting prosecutor's do their job, and stopping the kinds of tactics and outright violations of the law we are seeing nearly every week across Texas and the nation.
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