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28 Aug 2011, 8:21 am by johntfloyd
Admissibility of Unreliable Identification Evidence By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair According to the New York-based Innocence Project, 75 percent of the nation’s 273 DNA exonerations involved eyewitness misidentification—and according to Harris County state senator Rodney Ellis, a longtime advocate of eyewitness identification reform, 86 percent of Texas’ 45 DNA exonerations (the most in the nation) involved eyewitness… [read post]
17 Feb 2015, 9:24 pm by Tom Smith
John Kitzhaber, the four-termer who will step down Wednesday amid a conflict-of-interest scandal involving his fiancée, was “a bright and idealistic young man, totally committed to the environment,” writes local political observer Floyd McKay of Western Washington University. [read post]
27 Sep 2012, 1:10 pm by johntfloyd
Sentencing Guidelines Increase Federal Prison Sentences for Organized Insider Trading By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was signed into slightly more than two years ago by President Barak Obama. [read post]
14 Oct 2012, 10:25 am by johntfloyd
By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Discovery under Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is more restrictive than under Brady v. [read post]
22 May 2009, 2:24 pm
By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Shortly after assuming the presidency, Barak Obama announced his intention to close the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which currently houses 240 individuals classified as "enemy combatants" suspected of having engaged in some form of terrorism against the United States. [read post]
21 Apr 2009, 12:07 am
Foreign Investigation of Torture Techniques Sanctioned by Bush Administration By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair CIA Director Leon Panetta announced on April 9, 2009 that it would shut down those "black site" secret prisons in foreign countries utilized by the George Bush administration to house, and torture, suspected terroristsâ€â [read post]
14 Dec 2008, 5:32 pm
Slain Police Officer, Exonerated Convict By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair The front page of the December 13, 2008 Houston Chronicle, in bold headlines, presented a stunning paradox: two tragic, conflicting faces of crime in Harris County. [read post]
25 Mar 2009, 9:56 pm
Aftermath of the Texas CPS Raid By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair In the fall of 2003 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ("FLDS") arrived in Eldorado, Texas. [read post]
15 May 2009, 9:53 am
By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Former Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson has been married four times. [read post]
18 Jul 2020, 8:47 am by Tyler Gillett
US Representative John Lewis passed away late Friday from pancreatic cancer. [read post]
25 Aug 2009, 12:27 pm
Judges Should Question Victims, Witnesses, About Offense Before Imposing Punishment By: Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer John Floyd and Billy Sinclair Under Texas law, a criminal defendant has the option of allowing either the jury that convicted him or the judge presiding over the trial to assess punishment. [read post]
12 Jul 2012, 2:26 pm by johntfloyd
Lessons of Exonerations Fade, Reforms Needed By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Imagine, if you can, being falsely accused of a crime, particularly a heinous crime like an aggravated sexual assault of a child or murder. [read post]
30 Oct 2009, 9:09 pm
Flagrant Exhibit of Unprofessionalism, Disloyalty to Executed Client Adds to Nationwide Scrutiny of Willingham Execution By Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair We're not in the habit of criticizing fellow criminal defense attorneys, but, and unfortunately, we feel compelled to discuss the antics of Mr. [read post]
4 Mar 2011, 4:03 pm by johntfloyd
Constitutional Right to Confront Witnesses Watered Down: Statements Describing Shooter Not Testimonial, Admissible Without Confrontation and Cross Examination By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair What a strange Supreme Court we have! [read post]
9 Aug 2011, 8:10 pm by johntfloyd
37.07: The Use of Prior Criminal Record, Bad Acts, Reputation and Character at Sentencing By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Once a defendant has been convicted in Texas, either by a jury or a judge, a separate hearing under Art. 37.07 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure must be conducted to determine the punishment of the defendant. [read post]
15 Dec 2009, 10:27 am by johntfloyd
Defense Attorneys Fight Prosecutors Prejudicing the Jury with Extraneous Acts, Wrong, Crimes By: Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair It is the firm belief of among defense attorneys that a criminal defendant should only have to defend against the charge leveled in a charging instrument: a bill of information or a grand jury indictment. [read post]
16 Oct 2009, 8:18 pm
Increased Use of Stop and Frisk Leads to Increased Constitutional Abuses, Legitimizes Racial Profiling By: Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Law enforcement officials claim "stop and frisk" is one of their most effective crime prevention practices. [read post]
6 Jul 2010, 3:21 pm by johntfloyd
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Questions about Defendant’s Post Arrest Silence Opens Door to Cross Examination By: Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair Criminal defendants have a Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel in criminal prosecutions against them. [read post]
26 Jan 2012, 8:19 am by johntfloyd
Politics and Profit Motive Lead to Unreasonable Conditions of Bond in First Time DWI Cases By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair The Texas Legislature in 1999 gave courts the general authority to impose “reasonable conditions” of pre-trial release. [read post]