Category Archives: Court of Criminal Appeals

Federal Judge Says Texas Parole Officials Can Be Held Liable for Sex Offender Restrictions

  Once again, a Federal Judge in Austin, Texas has slapped the hand of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles from imposing Condition X without due process. In an order issued last week in Austin, Texas, U.S. District Judge

Further Developments on Parolees with Sex Offender Conditions (who aren’t sex offenders)

As we mentioned in a previous article, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the parole officers could't just place a "sex offender" tag and conditions on parolees without a hearing on whether or not they were justified. Although

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Attempts to Limit Review of Bad Evidence in Criminal Trials

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a ruling on limitations he believes are imposed on the Forensic Science Commission’s ability to investigate past cases, even those which result in death sentences. The opinion was issued following a request by

A Nice Surprise from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

I have had the pleasure of meeting several of the judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) and they actually are quite nice, completely at odds with their "kill 'em all and imprison what's left" approach to the