Significant Decisions Report for March 24, 2017

  Spring is in the air, and courts all over the nation are issuing opinions of importance and moment. Let us take some time to consider these decisions, and how it might impact our various practices. United States Supreme Court Manuel v. Joliet Friends, I am going to do something I once promised never to […]

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Significant Decisions Report for March 17, 2017

  What ho, readers of the Significant Decisions Report! As with many verdant eruptions, spring now grips Texas in its pollen-coated claws, and this resurgent seasonal malady often calls away our professionals for the ritual known as “Spring Break.” Judges, being human (yes, it’s true, they are!) are often taken with the idea of not […]

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“Out of the Wreck I Rise”

The way I met Larry* is part of the story itself. I had just passed the bar and started a practice with my best friend since high school and all-around awesome guy, Nick. As an aside, you wish you had a friend like Nick. He’s always got a harmonica with him and sometimes he just […]

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Significant Decisions Report for March 10, 2017

  Supreme Court of the United States No time for fancy Homeric literary references this week, dear readers. These trenches will not get down in themselves, so rub some dirt on your face and get in here.                 Rippo v. Baker Rippo was convicted of capital murder by a Nevada state court and sentenced to […]

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Death and Taxes at the Harris County Jail

Wealth rather than culpability often determines outcomes in the criminal incarceration industry (and if you don’t think it is an industry, you’re not paying attention- and I encourage you to read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness). Recently, an acquaintance of mine, the same age as me, was […]

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