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JENKINS PROSECUTOR AWAITS OWN STATUS HEARING

Hearing in Paxton case to consider prosecutors’ push for another trial delay by Patrick Svitek,The Texas Tribune Oct. 3, 2017 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton‘s lawyers and the prosecutors handling the securities fraud case against him are preparing to debate a familiar topic Wednesday: whether his trial should be delayed Read more…

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RUD PROSECUTOR : But, They had Money!

During a trial in which a Montgomery County man was accused of illegal voting in a special utility district, the defense counsel questioned the validity of two voters who were said by the state to have voted legally in the same election. Like the defendant, the legal voters were temporary residents. But, “they had money,” said David Glickler, the lawyer representing the state Attorney General’s office. Such is the power in special districts around the state, often outposts of undeveloped land that are owned by developers, who in turn create mini-governments that tax new residents to cover the costs of development.

By Citizen, ago
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America’s Guilty Plea Problem

Never in Montgomery County right? Think again. I know of six examples in the RUD case alone and that is trivial compared to those who face life in prison or worse. Senator Ted Cruz has written that plea bargain false confessions account for up to 8 percent of cases. I Read more…

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Conservatives Call for Grand Jury Reform

Grits For Breakfast Blog posted on the TPPF policy report – Balancing the Scales of Due Process: The Conservative Case for Grand Jury Reform in Texas The entire paper is a good read. Among the very important TPPF recomendations…. Entire Transcript or Record of Grand Jury Proceeding & able to Read more…

By Citizen, ago