Juries as Democracy in Action

Since the beginning of jury trials in England and colonial America, there has been a long tradition of juries deciding that the law, to quote a famous judge, is an ass. I am speaking frankly of juries doing what they want to do, and often acquitting the accused in the face of government prosecution. At […]

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The Conservative Case Against Prison

One might think that the title above is a bit counter-intuitive, yet if the reader will bear with me I believe that the phrasing, and the reasoning, will become quite clear. Some common core principles of conservatives are that they tend to watch the public dollar closely, tend to believe that society should choose policies […]

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FBI DNA Calculation Errors: What’s the Big Deal?

“This past spring, the FBI notified crime labs there were errors in the data used to calculate the chances that DNA found at a crime scene matched an individual. But it downplayed the impact of the errors on court cases, setting off a low but distinct rumble throughout the criminal justice system nationwide.” Source: New […]

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Parole Board’s Clemency Work Should Be Transparent

The Legislature is done for another 18 months. That means, to paraphrase one 18th-century wit, that for a time, our lives, liberty and property are safe. However, the end of their session is not the end of the fight for fair treatment and open government in the process of pardons and commutations. Pardons and commutations […]

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Who are the Harris County Criminal Lawyers?

We are the largest local criminal defenses bar in the U.S. with more than 700 active members engaged in the defense of citizens accused. Our Mission Is to Assist, Support, and Protect the Criminal Defense Practitioner in the Zealous Defense of Individuals and Their Constitutional Rights. It Is Further Our Mission to Educate and Inform […]

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