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Legalized Racial Discrimination and More

Legalized Racial Discrimination and More

The New Jim Crow Recently, I’ve been consuming books* about race in the United States. The first of these, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, took me down an enlightening path. Although I was familiar with the legal cases, events, and history discussed, the book crystallized how

Spring Break: 11 things you should know, legally

That sweet time finally has come after a dreary winter: Spring Break.  Countless thousands of partying college students will flood beaches from South Padre Island to Port Aransas to Galveston.  Try your best to stay safe while you have a good time. While you’re at it, try not to regret it the rest of your

Brooks County, Texas: Ground Zero

Brooks County, Texas, is a sleepy rural county with more than its share of poverty.  You’d never suspect it was a hotbed of activity, but it is.  Federal law enforcement there boasts the nation’s busiest Border Patrol checkpoint.  It leads the nation in apprehension of undocumented migrants.  It seizes illegal drugs at a record pace.  National

“They Didn’t Read Me My [Miranda] Rights.” And?

Reading Your Rights To You After Arrest Is Not Required Miranda Is One Of The Best-Known U.S. Supreme Court Case Names “They didn’t read me my [Miranda] rights.” Sometimes Miranda is named; sometimes it’s not.  The Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona is so ingrained in the popular mind many people can actually name it

Should You Plead No Contest?

Few criminal law concepts are as simple and as misunderstood as the term “nolo contendere”, otherwise called “no contest”.  The two terms say the same thing in different languages, so I’ll just use “no contest” in this piece. In my practice, I’ve encountered many people who seem to have the misguided notion they shouldn’t or

Criminal Accountability

Bring ’em to Justice! Americans want criminals brought to justice for their crimes.  Few people consider who polices the police.  Cop, prosecutor, and judge accountability – it’s about time. Those in charge of ruining people’s lives should have a stake in the process, since they are the ones best suited to do anything about it.

Criminal Mis-In-Unjustice

Few systems designed by human beings can be as serious as one set up to take the very lives of people, their liberty, and their property. Our country’s foundational laws and philosophies are based upon the recognition of abusive government. Our most cherished rights and laws restrict government’s ability to take life, liberty, and property.