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Bill McNamara

LCDLA member Bill McNamara was recently certified as a specialist in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than half of the lawyers who sat for the exam passed this year. Congratulations to Bill.

Victory: Mark Skelton

Congratulations to Mark Skelton, with the first mistrial of 2007 in a one-day trial in 364th District Court. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case. Mark used an alibi witness to rebut impeached complainant on issue of identity. Jury hung up after being out 2:40. Evidence took 2:10 to put on. Good job, Mark!

County Courthouse Computer System

Good news from Dwight McDonald! After almost three years of wrangling, it looks like remote access to the Lubbock County Courthouse computer system will be available about January 1st. David Slayton will demonstrate the system to anyone who drops by his office between now and then. More to come, later.

Prairie Dog Lawyer’s Seminar

1. At this time we appear to be on par with last year’s registration. Please pre-register by December 15th. If you sign up at the door, there will NOT be books available. Fax your registration, today! Officers and other “very important people” still must register. Only course directors and speakers do not have to register.…

New Members Only Section

In the next few days we will be switching over to a new Members Only section. It will be very similar to the original one, but it will be better and (hopefully) hacker-proof. I am updating the site as you read this, so keep checking back right here for updates. This post will change as…

Book Review of Tulia

Chuck Lanehart has written a book review of Tulia by author Nate Blakeslee of the Texas Observer following the saga of “race, cocaine, and corruption in a small Texas town.” The text of the review is available in the Resources forum of the Member’s Only section. Just another reason to join the fun!

Victory: Rusty Gunter, Fred Stangl

Another mistrial, this time for Rusty Gunter. It was a felony DWI in 137th. Out of 50 jurors called, 27 were struck for cause by agreement, leaving too few for a jury. Fred Stangl helped (it was The Tangler’s third consecutive mistrial). Great job, guys!

Victory: Fred Stangl, Rusty Gunter

Congratulations to The Tangler! Fred Stangl managed a hung jury/mistrial (11-1 for guilty) in the 140th. Jury was out 6.5 hours. It was a 1st degree, 28-gram PCS/intent to deliver. Fred convinced one juror the cop was not credible about the “reasonable suspicion” to stop. Thanks to Rusty Gunter, who helped pick the one smart…

Federal Court Conflicts

Judge Darnell has asked that I inform the defense bar of the following Lubbock County District Court policy regarding conflicts in federal court. If a defense attorney has a jury trial scheduled in district court of Lubbock County and the attorney has a schedule conflict with a federal court plea or non-jury setting that cannot…

Seminar, Party

By now, you should have received: 1. A flyer for the 2007 LCDLA/TCDLA 27th Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, to be held January 4th and 5th at Texas Tech University School of Law. 2. A letter containing four $25 tickets to the January 4th LCDLA annual membership party at Cagle’s Steaks, featuring…

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