Category: machinations

  • The Reasonable Alternative Hypothesis Defense

    Before the 1991 Texas Court of Criminal Appeals case of Geesa v. State, Texas criminal juries did not have to be given a definition of “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” and Texas appellate courts used the reasonable-alternative-hypothesis standard to judge the legal sufficiency of evidence in circumstantial-evidence cases: the appellate court had to find that […]

  • Why Chuck Won’t Leave

    Hypothetical question: If Chuck Rosenthal resigns, who is in charge of the DA’s office? Answer: First Assistant Bert Graham. For how long? Until governor Rick Perry appoints a new DA. Well, who does he appoint? Maybe Pat Lykos. So? So whoever Perry appoints goes into the primary with an advantage. Again: so? So the general […]