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.

Blood-Draw and Traffic Offense Decisions

03/21/2016
Conference / CLE

This presentation was prepared by Stacey M. Soule for the 2016 Traffic Safety Initiative Conference.

Overview of Court of Criminal Appeals Decisions, 2015

02/01/2016
Conference / CLE

This paper was prepared as an overview of the Court of Criminal Appeals decisions from 2015 and presented at the 2016 Criminal Justice Conference.

Overview of Court of Criminal Appeals Decisions, 2015

02/01/2016
Conference / CLE

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.

PDR Paper Criminal Appeals Conference 2015

05/27/2015
Conference / CLE

A procedural explanation of the granting and processing of Petitions for Discretionary Review.

TOP TEN CRIMINAL CASES

05/15/2015
Conference / CLE

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.

PENDING ISSUES AT THE SUPREME COURT AND COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS

04/24/2015
Conference / CLE

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.

Appellate Ethics

09/26/2014
Conference / CLE

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.

APPELLATE STANDARDS OF REVIEW IN CRIMINAL CASES

04/28/2014
Conference / CLE

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...