Statistical Errors in DNA

Click here for a Brady Notice regarding statistical errors in the FBI DNA database.

TCDLA's 2015 Legislative Update

Written by our TCDLA Legislative Team

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Press Release 8/4/15:
Waco Biker Cases

Dear McLennan County Grand Jury, District Judge Ralph Strother, and District Attorney Abel Reyna: I write this letter on behalf of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) as its current President. TCDLA is composed of over 3,200 members, many of whom are former judges and prosecutors. Sam Bassett's press release here >>

Press Release:
Waco Grand Jury

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) remains concerned regarding developments in the Waco biker cases. Sam Bassett's press release here >>

Press Release 5/22/15:

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes. Emmett Harris press release here >>

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President's Message


As criminal defense lawyers, we find ourselves in the midst of tragedies of life that redefine families, futures, and perspectives. How we learn to handle the emotions and practical effects of this aspect of our work can make all the difference in our effectiveness, our happiness, and our contribution to those we represent. (Continue reading here.) 

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New Attorney Reporting Requirements

Reporting portal now live -

HB 1318 requires both attorneys and counties beginning this October to report new information to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission regarding the caseloads of attorneys who accept public appointments. Read more here >>

Voice for the Defense

20 | Fear and Loathing in South Texas: If Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Got a DWI in Texas in 2015—By Mark Thiessen and Rick Oliver

30 | The Right to a Speedy Trial: Punishing the System for Making Us WaitArticle & motion by Joseph Hoelscher II

37 | The Case of Seduction—By Judge Wayne Patrick Priest

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