Victory: David Guinn

David Guinn got a not guilty on an African-American gentleman in SWISHER County (Yes, that Swisher County) on a mistake of fact defense. Charge was Felon in possession of a firearm. Client was a felon and he did possess a firearm but testified he just picked it up and put it in his pocket without…

James Woodard Released in Dallas After 27 Years of Incarceration

Innocence Project of Texas client, James Lee Woodard, was released from incarceration yesterday after serving more than 27 years for a murder that he has always maintained he did not commit. The victim, Woodard’s girlfriend at the time of the homicide, was found strangled and sexually assaulted on the banks of the Trinity River in…

Victories: Brad Moore & David Martinez

Two wins to report. Both in Terry County. Brad Moore got a 10 year probation out of a Terry Co. Jury for his client who came up from the Valley for the watermelon harvest. A knife was displayed in the process of the robbery but not used in any other way. As for David Martinez,…

Motion to Transfer Bond

Chuck Lanehart has had some success in reducing post-indictment bonds in the 106th District Court (Gaines, Garza, Dawson and Lynn Counties) recently. If you are interested, the form is available in the Members Only section: http://lcdla.org/members/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=49

Victory: Fred Stangl

We just received word that Fred Stangl had a win in Gaines County Court, even as he defends Ro-Ro in Randall County. It was a DWI motion to suppress based on an illegal stop. A convenience store clerk told the cop that some girls had been in the store complaining about a man following them…

West Texas Capital Defenders Office for Capital Cases Saves first life

The West Texas Capital Defenders office for Capital Cases is off to a good start pleading their first case. Jose Tanguma plead guilty on February 14 to Capital Murder in exchange for a life sentence without parole. This was the first case the office took in and the first one settled by plea. Congrats to…

2008-2009 LCDLA Officers

2008-2009 LCDLA Officers: Standing (left-to-right) are Vice-president for Education Mark Snodgrass, Director Pat Metze, Vice-president for Membership Trey McClendon, and Director Donnell Yandell. Seated (left-to-right) are Secretary-Treasurer Anne Hazlewood, President Laurie Key, and Vice-President for Court Liaison Philip Wischkeamper. Not pictured is Director Natalio Hernandez.

Victory: Michael Montoya & Raymond Shackleford

Michael Montoya & Raymond Shackleford won a DWI in CCL#2. The Jury was out one hour. No FST and no BT. Defense team attempted to qualify David Haggler, former Narcotic officer, as an expert on Police training and tactics when a suspect refuses tests. But to no avail. Prosecutor was Jacob, it was his first…

Help Needed for Party Patrol

Mark Hall is looking for some assistance on some Municipal Court “Party Patrol” cases. Those interested should contact Mark at 744-9211. See the Member’s Only section for details.

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