Category Archives: Wrongfully Accused

Prosecutorial Misconduct in Texas: Continuing Injustice

For criminal defense lawyers in Texas, the idea that prosecutors are human and sometimes do very bad things isn’t news. It’s something to be monitored during every case and almost every day you ask yourself the question: is the prosecutor trying to pull a fast one here? Real life isn’t like TV shows, albeit even…


Defense Lessons of the Dallas Crime Lab and the Michael Phillips Exoneration

The Dallas Crime Lab has made the national news (along with the history books) by being the first crime lab to have its DNA evidence form the basis of a wrongful conviction exoneration where the defendant didn’t move for the re-testing of the crime lab results. This is a big national news story.  You can…


Texas Police Interrogations: Constitutional Protections Exist, Do You Know Your Rights Should Police Question You?

Police interrogations happen all the time here in Dallas, and over in Fort Worth as well as the rest of Texas and around the country. Texas law enforcement officers (troopers, police officers, deputies) arrest people then interrogate them and take people into interrogation rooms for questioning as part of crime investigation routinely. These actions are…


Junk Science Causing Wrongful Convictions in Texas: Will New 2013 Habeas Corpus Law Help Those Wrongfully Convicted in Texas?

This Friday, the Texas Forensic Science Commission is meeting down in Austin, and one the big topics that will be on the table there will be  the big, big problem of “junk science” being used by Texas prosecutors to get convictions against people – wrongful convictions.  The TFSC has also issued its 200+ page 2013…


Prosecutorial Misconduct Rules Issued by Texas Supreme Court: Where is Michael Morton’s Prosecutor, Ken Anderson, Now?

Prosecutors do bad things all the time here in Texas; if you doubt this, just read a few of the stories we’ve posted about regarding abusive and illegal actions by District Attorneys here in the Lone Star State. These state prosecutors do all sorts of illegal acts, from hiding evidence and introducing false evidence in…


Salinas v Texas: Your Silence During Police Interrogation Does Not Get 5th Amendment Protection, Can Be Used Against You as Evidence of Guilt to the Jury

Well, prosecutors and police officers are happy today, because the United States Supreme Court just came down their way in the case of Salinas v. Texas (more about that pending case here).   It’s not too far off to imagine that interrogation training is already being revised in Dallas and across the State of Texas…


New Texas Laws Targeting Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Michael Morton Act and new Tex Gov’t Code 81.072(b) Limitations – Do They Really Help Texas Citizens?

Yesterday, the Texas Legislature sent two bills over to Governor Rick Perry’s desk for his signature:  the new Michael Morton Act (SB 1611) and an amendment to the Texas Government Code Section 81.072 (SB 825).  It’s expected that Governor Perry will sign this bills into law, and soon we’ll all be under their sway. Here’s…