12.02.2010

How Criminal Defense Legal Seminars Have Changed Over The Years



  • The law has become so lopsided towards the State, there's a unique sense of "us against them."
  • Technology makes everything so simple. Denton lawyer Rick Hagen just made reference to a "Brazelton" case "that's great" on the issue of character evidence, but he didn't have the legal citation as to where it could be found. But with Wifi and Google Legal Search, I had it within seconds on a laptop in front of me. 
  • I chose to have the seminar materials on CD instead of receiving them in notebook form.  Rick's presentation included a complete trial transcript of a trial he won a few years back. I'm able to drag the pdf file to Google Docs and into a newly named folder of "Sex Assault Seminar 2010" and it's there forever and assessible from anywhere.
  • I'm amazed at the number of people in this room that I don't know. 
  • The guy beside me is typing on an iPad.
  • Oddly, those with laptops in this room probably number at less than 10%. I find that amazing.
  • No, this seminar is not about getting sex offenders acquitted every time, it's about making the State prove its case, following the law, and looking for reasonable doubt. Think all those Dallas County DNA exonerees would have wanted their lawyer to attend one of these seminars back in the day?
  • "You can't have one ounce of phoniness when you try one of these cases. You have to be you." - Just heard and couldn't agree more. 


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You defense guys are heroes. If not for you, the State would run rampant over our rights. I'd rather ten guilty people go free than risk one innocent in prison.

Anonymous said...

Do you mean "accessible" instead of "assessible", or did you just misspell assessable?

"No, this seminar is not about getting sex offenders acquitted every time, it's about making the State prove its case, following the law, and looking for reasonable doubt."--Yeah right, you mean to tell me you would not take a win on a technicality even if you knew your client was guilty?

Anonymous said...

So what goes on at these so called Sex Seminars you attend...Hmmmm?

Anonymous said...

hey 12:17, unless one of those ten people sexually assaulted YOUR child and then got off because someone like Barry went to a seminar and learned that if a word is misspelled or omitted the person is automatically innocent. you bleeding heart pansy, John Wayne would take a bootheel to your liberal self. (that is if he were real and not a dead actor.)

Anonymous said...

1:52....stop believing everything you read on the internet. The notion that people get exonerated based on a typo or a misspelled word is BS.

Anonymous said...

which is worse - attending a seminar like this or getting hit repeatedly in the balls with a claw hammer?

Anonymous said...

The title of "sex offender" is way too loosely used in legal terms and people unfairly marked for life with no opportunity to be productive in society.

There are certainly true sex offenders but too many times, someone who made a mistake of dating the wrong person or something minor with respect to a sex related crime (and we're not talking rape or assault here) is not allowed to change and live a productive life because of the GIANT "SEX OFFENDER" tag put on them.... no matter the crime.

Our society thrives on anything "sex" good or bad....and blown way out of proportion as to the reality of level of news.

And no one would stand up for them because you would look like you are against "family values" or such if you spoke in their favor.