Category: Appeal and Habeas Corpus

  • Today’s Houston Criminal Law News

    This, an appeal arising out of a Houston case is, as far as I can tell, the first time ever that Judge Sharon Keller has reversed a case to a defendant’s benefit. Bailiff uses taser on man accused of photographing witness. Johnson was watching a trial in state District Judge Ruben Guerrero’s court, officials said, […]

  • Federal Convictions Reversed

    From Alex Bunin, Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York, comes “Federal Convictions Reversed,” this collection (pdf) of summaries of appellate cases reversing federal convictions (not sentences). An invaluable resource to the federal criminal-defense lawyer, but that’s to be expected — the various public defenders’ offices are still and likely always will […]

  • New Judges and Reversal Rates

    It will be interesting to see the changes in the next few years. With eight courts being led by judges on a “learning curve,” watch their dockets increase. Watch the appellate courts reverse decisions, the tax dollars wasted and the criminals who are set free. Last week I discussed the first part of this chicken-littling […]

  • Funny the Things You Learn When You RTFM

    Over at Women in Crime Ink, Katherine Scardino (one of Houston’s leading criminal-defense lawyers) writes about the reversal of Robert Fratta’s death-penalty conviction by Judge Melinda Harmon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. (Via Grits for Breakfast.) Guidry, Prystash, and Fratta were all charged with the murder of Fratta’s wife. […]

  • Another Odd Victory

    Today a Harris County jury gave my 26-year-old client six years in prison for stealing $780,000 worth of material from his employer, 3M. The prosecutor’s last plea offer was 15 years. Six years is not the longest prison sentence I’ve ever considered a win, but it’s not the shortest. We’ve filed a notice of appeal […]