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OSPA Offers Practically Free Traffic-Stop Training for Rural Law Enforcement

Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney John R. Messinger will conduct a 4-hour presentation covering 4th Amendment issues with a focus on traffic stops.  The presentation is accompanied by a paper (distributed in advance) and includes:

∙ Historical perspective
∙ In-depth coverage of controlling law
∙ Discussion of recent cases and pending issues
∙ A quiz!

This service is for small or rural counties that do not have the resources to send officers for training.   Credit can be earned with a department’s approval. 


Call ((512) 463-1660) or email (information@spa.texas.gov) John to schedule a training day for this August (August will be the only time the service is offered).   

The department, county, or city will be responsible for John's mileage reimbursement and overnight residency (if needed). 


PD-0160-18, PD-0161-18, PD-0162-18 04/11/2018

“The court of appeals’ [sic] committed a structural error by denying the appellant his right’s of due process. The second issue is whether the appellant has a right to file a pro se appeal brief after the court denies appellant his right to find new appeal counsel, and after the court has allowed the appointed attorney to withdraw from the case.”

After Sullivan’s appellate attorney filed his appellate brief, Sullivan filed a letter with the court of appeals terminating his attorney’s representation and asking for an extension to: (1) find new counsel or proceed pro se, and (2) file a brief and postpone submission. Two days after the case was submitted, counsel filed a motion to withdraw. The court granted counsel’s motion but denied Sullivan’s motion.  Sullivan filed a pro se brief and, in striking it, the court of appeals issued an order advising Sullivan that counsel was discharged after submission.  The court of appeals ruled on the points of error presented in counsel’s brief and affirmed his conviction.

Sullivan contends that, as reflected in the court’s docket, he discharged counsel a day before the case was submitted. Therefore, he was denied the right to present a pro se brief and is entitled to an out-of-time appeal.

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P. O. Box 13046
Austin, Texas 78711-3046

Physical Address

209 W. 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78701


(512) 463-1660


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