New Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure $20, 248 pp., 2007 978-1-60156-033-9 The handy 4-by-6 inch format fits easily into your briefcase or pocket and is designed for quick and easy courtroom reference. This newly updated guide compiles the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure as amended through December 1, 2007. Includes approved forms. Criminal Litigation and Legal…

Important news on the federal front

For those of you who practice in federal court, Asst. U.S. Public Defender Jerry Beard offers the following valuable new information: Last Friday the Supremes granted cert in Irizarry v. US to decide whether sentencing courts must provide notice before imposing a non-guideline sentence. This is the Rule 32 notice issue which our office had…

Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure Amendment

Effective September 1, 2007, Rule 25.2(d) of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure was amended to require a statement in the certification of the defendant’s right to appeal form that the defendant has been informed of his appellate rights. The certification form has been rewritten to conform to the amended rule. A sample form, ‘Trial…

Remote Access

The remote access system now has an added functionality that allows attorneys to run their dockets by date or date range. This report will give them all of the criminal settings that are on the courts’ calendars as of the night before. If you are interested in signing up, you can find the form on…

Jail Credit

APO advised me legislature has changed statute to provide defendants receive jail credit for trips to SAFP and CRTC, under 42.12, section 23, the Court shall credit to the def time served by the def as a condition of c.s. in a SAFP or another court ordered residential program facility, but only if the def…

New procedures for electronic communication devices on court floors

Effective September 1, 2007, LR 83.18 and LCrR 53.1 were amended, and Miscellaneous Order 63 became effective. These changes continue the prohibition on the possession of electronic communication devices on court floors, but grants certain exceptions. In Dallas and Fort Worth you may be required to show your bar identification card or a written authorization…

Governor Perry’s Response to the EU on the Death Penalty

Aug. 21, 2007 “230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination. Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens. While we respect our friends in…

DA’s Changing Email Services

The DA is changing their email service effective next Friday. They are going to pretty much lose their current email address books when they do this so if anyone is waiting to hear back from one them after the change, they may want to send another email on the following Monday. Their email addresses are…