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31 May 2011, 12:23 pm by johntfloyd
Right to Appointed Counsel Not Absolute: Courts Only Required to Appoint Counsel if Reasonable Grounds Exist for DNA Testing By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Ruben Gutierrez was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the September 5, 1998 robbery/murder of 85-year-old Escolastica Harrison in Brownsville. [read post]
19 Jan 2012, 3:59 pm by johntfloyd
High Court Misses Opportunity to Discuss Ethical Obligations of Prosecutors By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair For reasons we discussed in a previous post, the U.S. [read post]
25 Aug 2010, 12:59 am by johntfloyd
18 USC 1346, Honest Services Prosecutions Require Bribes or Kickbacks By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair The Enron Corporation was founded in 1985. [read post]
19 Aug 2009, 2:56 pm
Fabricating Fake DNA, Defending the Accused in the New World By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Billy Sinclair, Paralegal We have blogged on several occasions in the recent past about the fallibility of forensic evidence, sharing the opinion of others that more often than not it's "junk science. [read post]
10 Feb 2012, 5:44 pm by johntfloyd
Clergy Privilege Protects Communications Made In Confidence, Waived if Called as Character Witness By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair In a previous post, we outlined the case of Ernest “Randy” Comeaux, an inmate serving six life sentences for a series of rapes from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. [read post]
5 Dec 2010, 12:42 pm by johntfloyd
Siddiqui: Victory in Courtroom is Loss on Worldwide Public Stage By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair This website has maintained an ongoing interest in the bizarre case of Dr. [read post]
9 Dec 2010, 11:41 pm by johntfloyd
Keeping the government in Check, the Uncomfortable Reality of Freedom of the Press By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange surrendered to British authorities on December 7, 2010 in connection with sexual assault allegations leveled against the Australian native by Swedish authorities. [read post]
18 Mar 2010, 12:28 am by johntfloyd
Arrest of “Jihad Jane” Adds Fuel to Fight Against Racial Profiling By: Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Leonard Pitts is an excellent columnist. [read post]
22 May 2012, 2:30 pm by johntfloyd
State Argues Failure to Preserve Brady Violation Waives Claims of Innocence By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John T. [read post]
4 Sep 2012, 3:02 pm by johntfloyd
Determining Eligibility for Compensation for Wrongful Conviction and Incarceration By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair The Tim Cole Act (TCA) was named after Timothy Cole, a former Texas Tech student who was wrongfully convicted in 1986 of rape in Lubbock, Texas. [read post]
1 Dec 2011, 4:18 pm by johntfloyd
Serious, Widespread and Intentional Concealment of Evidence by DOJ and US Attorneys By: Houston Criminal lawyer John T. [read post]
2 Jul 2009, 9:12 am
The Bail Reform Act of 1984 and the Presumption for Release on Bond By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair On June 18, 2009, a federal grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against Houston businessman and chairman of the Board of Directors of Stanford International Bank, Robert Allen Stanford (also known as "Sir Allen Stanford"). [read post]
21 May 2011, 11:15 am by johntfloyd
King: Warrantless Entry into Residence Reasonable When Exigent Circumstances Exist That Were Not Created By Police By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Billy Sinclair The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution has historically protected Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement officials. [read post]
13 Aug 2010, 10:44 am by johntfloyd
Misdemeanor Charges for Beating of Handcuffed 15-Year Old Lead to Community Outrage By: Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Four Houston police officers were indicted on June 23, 2010 on misdemeanor charges of “official oppression” in connection with the beating of a handcuffed 15-year-old black burglary suspect—an incident “caught on tape” by a private business surveillance camera. [read post]
9 Jul 2010, 3:50 pm by johntfloyd
By: Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair The Texas Supreme Court recently held that a child under the age of fourteen could not be found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor offense of prostitution. [read post]
9 Oct 2010, 5:56 am by johntfloyd
Connick; Jury Awards 14 Million Dollars to Man Who Served 18 Years in Prison for Crime he Did Not Commit After Prosecutors Hid Favorable Evidence By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Last year the U.S. [read post]
31 Jul 2012, 10:10 am by johntfloyd
Probation, Deferred Adjudication, Shock Probation and Pre-Trial Diversion By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Prior to 1913 there were on two sentencing options in Texas: a judge could sentence a defendant to prison or a jury could recommend that no sentence be imposed. [read post]
30 Sep 2009, 11:28 pm
Some in Law Enforcement, Legislatures, Find Federal Sex Offender Registration Laws Too Broad, Onerous By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair In April 2009 CNN reported that there are 38 states in these United States which require juveniles convicted of sex offenses to "register" as sex offenders. [read post]
18 Feb 2010, 3:01 pm by johntfloyd
Politics of Terror Threaten Constitution By: Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair The recent election of Republican Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts has effectively torpedoed the constitutional right to silence by any “terror suspect” arrested on American soil. [read post]
1 Aug 2010, 3:01 pm by johntfloyd
Suggestive Police Procedures and Mistaken Identification Resulted in Two More Wrongful Convictions and Incarcerations, One for 27 Years By: Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Our criminal justice system is flawed. [read post]