Press Release 5/22/15:
The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes. The Waco situation of recent days raises serious concerns. It seems unprecedented that you have 170 individuals charged with the same or similar crimes and identical bail amounts set at 1 Million Dollars each. When you consider the constitutional prohibition against excessive bail as well as the requirement for probable cause prior to arresting an individual, the risks of abuse in the Waco case seem obvious.
TCDLA supports enforcement of the law and believes that the public should be protected. However, TCDLA has a growing concern in this situation that the net has been cast too widely and it is probable that not all those being held are guilty of criminal activity.
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
A Swan Song
There is an ancient belief that swans, though silent or not so musical during life, sing a beautiful song just before death. Thus the metaphorical phrase describing a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. This will be mine. While I certainly have no plan to die, I do plan to step aside at Rusty Duncan and welcome Mr. Sam Bassett as our next President of TCDLA. He has been and will continue to be a fine leader of our association. Now as I toddle off the stage let me leave these few thoughts with you. (Continue reading here.)