Disclaimer: The legal authorities cited in these papers was current as of the date of their distribution or publication. Because the law is in a continuous state of change, attorneys should exercise due diligence by checking the currentness and completeness of governing legal authorities (i.e., Shepardizing and Keyciting) and applicable statewide and local rules of appellate procedure.
This presentation was prepared by Stacey M. Soule for the 2016 Traffic Safety Initiative Conference.
This paper was prepared as an overview of the Court of Criminal Appeals decisions from 2015 and presented at the 2016 Criminal Justice Conference.
This presentation was prepared by Stacey M. Soule for the 2016 Criminal Justice Conference. It gives an overview of the Court of Criminal Appeals decisions from the 2015 term.
A procedural explanation of the granting and processing of Petitions for Discretionary Review.
This paper addresses the top ten criminal cases from April of 2014 thru early April of 2015, evenly divided between U.S. Supreme Court opinions and Court of Criminal Appeals' opinions. Like beauty, the significance of judicial opinions is in the eye of the beholder.
Knowing the issues the high courts will decide in the near future gives prosecutors and defense attorneys a head start in the trial and appellate courts, enabling them to raise similar issues. This knowledge also helps trial judges avoid potential error.
This paper was prepared by Stacey M. Goldstein, Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney, for Judge Michael Keasler's 2014 Presentation: Appellate Ethics: Avoiding the Dreaded "Personal & Confidential" Envelope from the State Bar.
The appellate standard of review is the starting point of any legal analysis, as it defines the level of deference applied to the proceedings below. Neither trial court error nor sufficiency of the evidence can be addressed outside the parameters of the standard of review. The Federal Rules of A...