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April 2013

SCOTUS Justices Concerned About Allowing Prosecutors to Use Pre-Miranda Silence as Evidence of Guilt

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Genovevo Salinas v. Texas, an appeal from Harris County, Texas, for a 1992 murder conviction. During police questioning, and before he was arrested and read his Miranda warnings, Salinas answered some questions but did not answer when asked Read More

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United States Supreme Court Rules that Police Need A Search Warrant to Draw Blood from a DWI Suspect

In Missouri v. McNeely, decided Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the natural dissipation of alcohol by the human body was not a sufficient cause to waive the requirement of a search warrant to obtain a blood sample from a DWI suspect. The case arose from the arrest of Tyler G. Read More

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The Texas Homeschool Coalition Aims to Restrict Grandparent Rights with HB 2547 and SB 1194

Grandparent rights are always a contentious issue in Texas family law cases, and now the Texas Homeschool Coalition is wading into the fray with the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (TPRRA) (HB 2547).  The proposed legislation would make it much more difficult for grandparents to obtain court ordered possession of their grandchildren, and it would Read More

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