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State Prosecuting Attorney's 2017 Annual Report for Judicial Support Agencies, Boards, and Commissions

MARTINEZ, ANDREY

12/13/2017

“Are misstatements during a plea colloquy that a defendant’s sentences could be stacked enough to render a defendant’s plea involuntary without any record of what the defendant knew and why he pleaded guilty?”

TRAYLOR, PETER ANTHONY

12/13/2017

1. “Has the court of appeals misapplied Blueford v. Arkansas by holding that two jury notes indicating the jury deadlocked on a lesser-included offense amount to an informal verdict of acquittal on the charged offense?” 2. “Do mere jury notes regarding a deadlock on a lesser-charge contain suffi...

SMITH, JOSEPH ANTHONY

12/13/2017

1. “The court of appeals employed the wrong analysis, when reviewing the record to determine whether ‘voluntary intoxication’ instruction was an error to include in Appellant’s punishment – phase jury charge.” 2. “The inclusion of an 8.04(a) instruction at punishment violates the Due Process Cla...

BRAUGHTON, CHRISTOPHER, JR.

12/06/2017

1. “What is the standard of review for evaluating a claim of legally insufficient evidence on the State’s non-evidentiary burden of persuasion in a claim of self-defense/defense of others?”  2. “Whether the intermediate-appellate court erred when it determined that the State met its non-evidentia...

THOMAS, KEITHRICK

11/22/2017

“Has a Fourth Amendment violation occurred, where a police officer approaches a vehicle passenger, after the passenger has exited the vehicle, and conducts a warrantless search of the passenger’s pockets, in the driveway of the passenger’s house?”

LEE, JOHN

11/15/2017

1. “The Court of Appeals decided an important question of state law in a way that conflicts with applicable decisions of the Court of Criminal Appeals when it found the State’s opening argument to constitute error.” 2. “The Court of Appeals decided an important question of state law in a way tha...

RAMJATTANSINGH, JASON

11/15/2017

1. “Does the filing of a charging instrument containing non-statutory language prohibit the appellate court from considering the hypothetically correct jury charge in a sufficiency review?” 2. “Did the First Court of Appeals sit as a thirteenth juror when holding that a two-hour interval between...

CARTER, DOUGLAS

11/08/2017

“Did the court of appeals err in holding that Section 133.102(a)(1) of the Texas Local Government Code by which the ‘consolidated court cost’ was assessed is not facially unconstitutional?”