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West Texas Plans Public Defender Office for Capital Cases

This week’s edition of The Texas Lawyer (8/20/07 – Vol. 23, No. 24) has a front-page article titled “West Texas Plans Public Defender Office for Capital Cases.” An excellent article, it features quotes from veteran LCDLA members Philip Wischkaemper, Jack Stoffregen, Rick Wardroup, and Brian Murray.  There’s also an outstanding color photo of Phil…

Madison Sowder

For anyone who hasn’t yet heard, Madison Sowder passed away Monday morning. Here is an interesting article about him: Madison Sowder Dies Here are the details for Madison’s Services: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, Pre-Burial at 9 :a.m. Idalou Cemetery Chapel, followed by grave site, followed by services at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church Down Town on…

A Couple of Really Unusual Victories

First, longtime LCDLA super hero Bob Jones went north to Hale County’s 242nd District Court on a sexual assault case this week. He left with an 11-1 hung jury. Not your usual mistrial, however. Eleven jurors voted not guilty. The twelfth juror refused to vote at all, citing religious/moral scruples: the judge sent the guy…

Several News Items

Number One, from Shery Goodwin: Hi, Chuck: Denise Williams wanted me to have you convey the following information regarding Roger McRobert’s Retirement Dinner. She wants everyone to know that they are invited. The information is as follows: The Retirement Dinner for Roger will be held on Friday, September 7, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at Cagles…

News Items

A couple of LCDLA’s elder statesmen responded to the news of court reporter extra ordinaire Bobby Rogers: From Tommy Turner: Sorry to hear that. He was indeed a good guy, and had a great sense of humor. Please pass this along: He worked for Judge Boone in Littlefield, but occasionally he’d fill in for the…

Bobby Rogers

Some of you will remember Bobby Rogers, former longtime court reporter for the 99th District Court. He died Sunday at age 73. Bobby was the godfather of all local court reporters: the last one to use shorthand, pen and ink. He was a good guy. Funeral service will be Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., LakeRidge Chapel, 82nd…

Office for Rent

I have an office building for lease at 1213 Avenue K (next door to Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl). It is perfect for a two or three-lawyer firm. It has 3250 square feet, including an 800 square foot garage (big enough for four cars), plus a loft conference room. New carpet and paint. Rent is negotiable.…

Victory: Nicky Boatwright

Congratulations to Nicky Boatwright on a DL suspension hearing victory. (As anyone knows who represent clients in ALR hearings, these are the hardest victories to come by.) ALR Judge found no pc to arrest after trooper testified on cross that when client refused to do any field tests the trooper did not know if our…

Updates, Updates

Item One: Laurie Key has some great CLE lined up, so put the following on your calendar for August 16th, 5:30 p.m., at the Blue Light. TCDLA’s legislative specialist Keith Hampton of Austin has agreed to come out and give LCDLA a legislative update. Some members may have already planned on attending the update sponsored…

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