Case Analytics and the Criminal Justice System: A Look at Tarrant County

Sharen Wilson Tarrant County District Attorney

Case Analytics and the Criminal Justice SystemCase analytics are big business in the world of civil litigation. They help lawyers understand what cases are worth, what motions a given judge is most likely to grant, and what juries are doing in a specific jurisdiction. While each case is unique, this data helps shape litigation strategy, … Read moreCase Analytics and the Criminal Justice System: A Look at Tarrant County

Contraband Smuggling: Consequences of Sneaking Items into Jail and Prison

Contraban Smuggling: Sneaking items into jail or prison

Inmates have been smuggling prohibited or illegal items, such as drugs, tobacco, cellphones, and weapons, into jails and prison for decades. They often recruit friends or relatives to bring unauthorized items during visitation or send them through the mail. Sometimes, guards or staff members are on the take. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of drones to fly items over prison walls.  In a highly-publicized case last year, an Oregon woman … Read moreContraband Smuggling: Consequences of Sneaking Items into Jail and Prison

Gamble v. United States: Supreme Court Takes Up Double Jeopardy Case

Gamble v. United States

On December 6, 2018, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Gamble v. United States, which challenges a 170-year-old exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause. This exception is called the Separate Sovereigns or Dual Sovereigns Exception. The case presents a good opportunity to discuss Double Jeopardy in general, the history of the dual … Read moreGamble v. United States: Supreme Court Takes Up Double Jeopardy Case

Tampering with Evidence | Fort Worth Criminal Defense

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Tampering with Evidence in Texas If you followed the news last year, you may have seen that former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was indicted in September 2018 for tampering with evidence in Texas, stemming from allegations he ordered the removal of documents from a training center during an investigation. And a month after that, … Read moreTampering with Evidence | Fort Worth Criminal Defense

How to Keep the Police Out of Your iPhone | Police and Face ID

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FBI agents forced a suspect to unlock their Apple iPhone using their face. While forcing you to provide an image of your face is akin to forcing you to provide a fingerprint, the end result is that law enforcement has an easy way to get into Apple devices. There is still something you can do … Read moreHow to Keep the Police Out of Your iPhone | Police and Face ID

Castle Doctrine in Texas | Castle Doctrine | Castle Law in Texas

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The Castle Doctrine in Texas A video going viral today shows an Abilene man getting shot and killed after an argument with his neighbors over where to dump trash.  The neighbors, a father and son, have been charged with murder. The two-minute video is full of misconceptions about the law surrounding gun rights and standing … Read moreCastle Doctrine in Texas | Castle Doctrine | Castle Law in Texas

Is CBD Oil Legal in Texas? | Prosecution Depends on Location (2019)

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Is CBD Oil Legal in Texas? | Prosecution May Depend on Your Location (2019)The cannabis plant contains over 100 cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the two most commonly discussed cannabinoids. Legislators at both the state and federal level have started recognizing the therapeutic value of CBD and CBD oils, although the legal landscape surrounding CBD … Read moreIs CBD Oil Legal in Texas? | Prosecution Depends on Location (2019)