Tougher Federal Drug Prosecutions

Attorney General Sessions Mandates Tougher Federal Drug Prosecutions

In the last several years the Department of Justice has taken a more measured approach in its handling of drug trafficking cases. Specifically, prosecutors were given more discretion to charge drug offenders with offenses that do not carry minimum sentences. However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed course. Tougher Federal Drug Prosecutions Attorney General Sessions re-introduced the policy articulated under …

Christy Jack Public Service Award

Attorney Christy Jack to Receive Public Service Award

Christy Jack, a nationally recognized trial attorney from Fort Worth, has been selected to receive the esteemed Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award from the Texas Tech Law Alumni Association. The award recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated significant and substantial contributions to furthering ideals of public service in the law. Jack, a 1991 graduate of Texas Tech University School of …

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New Texas Law to Crackdown on Improper Relationships Between Teachers and Students

Improper Relationships between Teachers and Students Improper relationships between teachers and students are criminalized under Texas law, regardless of the student’s age. The offense is called improper relationship between an educator and student. According to the Austin American-Statesman, cases of improper teacher-student relationships have increased by 80 percent over the past eight years. To address this growing problem, the Texas Legislature …

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What is a proffer in a federal criminal case?

Proffer Interviews in Federal Criminal Cases Hollywood often portrays a cooperator as someone who wears a wire and goes undercover for federal agents. While this happens, and we have navigated some clients through such arrangements, the far more common method of cooperation is rarely discussed or portrayed on the screen: the proffer interview. What is a proffer interview? Put simply, …

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Culpable Mental States Texas: Intentionally, Knowingly, Negligently, Recklessly

Most criminal offenses in Texas have some sort of mental state requirement. These are sometimes referred to as “culpable mental states” or “mens rea” which is Latin for “guilty mind.” The possible mental states in Texas criminal law are: Intentionally Knowingly Negligently Recklessly No Mental State Required You generally cannot commit a crime purely on accident. You must have some …

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Christy Jack to Tell Story of Cullen Davis Case on 48 Hours

Cullen Davis Case on 48 Hours Veteran trial lawyer Christy Jack will take a trip down memory lane Saturday night when she reflects on one of the most infamous murder cases in Fort Worth history for CBS’s 48 Hours. Jack will chronicle the case of Cullen Davis, one of the richest men in America ever charged with murder. Forty years …

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Assault Public Servant | Aggravated Assault Deadly Weapon Public Servant

What is Assault Public Servant? Pursuant to Penal Code Section 22.01(a)-(b), assault on a public servant is the intentional, knowing, or reckless causation of bodily injury of a person the actor knows is a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation to the exercise of official power of a public servant. In …

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Nine Tips for Testifying in Court | What You Should Know Before Taking the Stand

Testifying in criminal court can be nerve-wracking. The stakes are high and, in most cases, someone’s freedom is on the line. It’s imperative to put your best foot forward and answer questions to the best of your memory. In an effort to lessen the stress and help you feel more comfortable on the witness stand, here’s nine tips for testifying …