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Some Evidence Required for Expunction of Arrest Record

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Jan 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Waco court of appeals this week threw out an expunction that had been granted despite the fact that the DPS didnamp;#39;t even show up to the hearing. In this case, the applicant had filed the appropriate request for expunction, and the DA was present during the hearing and stated that the ...

Pretrial Intervention in Williamson County

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Apr 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Williamson county has a very active Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Program for first offenders, which results in the charges being dismissed and even expungeable when the program has been successfully completed. The theory behind the PTI program is essentially that misdemeanor first offenders are ...

Warrior of the Month

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Oct 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Many thanks to Keith Lauerman for naming me WARRIOR OF THE MONTH on his blog. Per Keith this was a unanimous decision which is heartwarming for me.  Although I think the committee consists of Keith. At any rate, I do handle a significant number of very serious cases involving allegations of Cap...

Hilarious post about plea bargaining

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Oct 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

An anonymous Travis county assistant DA has a blog called DA Confidential that commonly has insightful commentary from a prosecutoramp;#39;s perspective.   The latest posting is a hilarious video made with Xtranormal , a tool that creates animated web videos with computer-generated voices ...

Alex Calhoun bests Dr. Coons

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Oct 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

The CCA today handed down its opinion on a capital murder punishment retrial that Alex Calhoun and I tried 2 years ago in Waco.   Click here for link to opinion. After reading the opinion I must point out the success of Walter Reaves on appea l and co- counsel Alex Calhounamp;#39;s trial court ...

High cost of murder

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Oct 09, 2010 | 0 Comments

This week I had a close brush with the Anders standard .  An Anders brief is a no-merit brief in which the appellate lawyer informs the court of appeals that he cannot find any meritorious issue in the case to support an appeal. My friend Jamie Spencer recently wrote an interesting post ab...

Gant exception is not swallowing the rule

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Oct 09, 2010 | 0 Comments

In 2009, TCDLA published an article of mine dealing with inventory searches that I wrote after the Supreme Courtamp;#39;s decision in Arizona v. Gant , 129 S.Ct. 1710 (2009) .  In Gant , the Supreme Court said that police could no longer automatically search a vehicle whenever they had arrest...

Payoff or Workoff–Trade CSR for $$$?

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Sep 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

I got call today on a very mundane subject which led me to do some creative thinking about a possible workaround for unaffordable probation and/or fine payments.   The caller was very upset–he had been on probation for some time but had lost his job and couldnamp;#39;t afford the probation paym...

Williamson County Attorney Discovery via Email

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Sep 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Williamson county attorneyamp;#39;s office has started providing discovery of offense reports by pdf email delivery. This feature is very useful as it enables faster receipt of the information necessary to evaluate and prepare a defense for our clients. Another very important benefit to e...

Sting or Entrapment?

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Sep 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

Hereamp;#39;s a new ploy from law enforcement–do you  think this passes the smell test? Use confidential informants to recruit prospective robbers of drug dealers This keeps the undercover informantsamp;#39; handlers hands clean Once recruited by the CI, the undercover agent spins a ya...

Travis County Veterans’ Court

Posted by Russell D. Hunt | Sep 03, 2010 | 0 Comments

I wanted to share with you something I learned at a CLE in Austin today. The Travis County Attorneyamp;#39;s office has initiated a veteranamp;#39;s court designed to deal with veterans suffering from PTSD and/or Traumatic brain injuries who also get into non-violent criminal difficulties. T...

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