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Run the race set before you

I was in church once when the pastor called an aging member to the front. The old fellow was celebrating his 90th birthday. When asked his secret to a long life, he replied, “Whatever happens, keep on keeping on.” Being a young man myself, I thought that, considering that we were in church, a more [..]

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Be Ye Kind One to Another

THE TEXAS LAWYER’S CREED is an order of the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals issued to govern the conduct of Texas lawyers. It states, among other things, that: A lawyer shall employ all appropriate means to advance the client’s legitimate rights. A lawyer is to advise his or her client [..]

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Cross-examination

  The right to cross-examine the witnesses against you is insured by the U. S. Constitution, Amendments 5, 6, and 14. It is so valuable that it must be waived by the Defendant in a criminal case before the judge will accept a plea of guilty. Cross-examination is the Defendant’s opportunity to question the veracity, trustworthiness, [..]

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Wanted: True Witnesses

“A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies.” Proverbs 14:35 Lying under oath in a court of law is perjury and a very serious offense. A false witness will be punished by the judge or prosecutor. But many of us overlook the fact that a lying witness must also answer to a [..]

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Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9

It is a general tenet at law that I am not my brother’s keeper. (source: first year property class, distinguished Stanley Johanson, professor of law). Generically, brother is anyone besides yourself. Unless acting in concert with your brother (or any other person), you are not responsible for the other person’s actions. But in all circumstances, you [..]

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Testifying in a CPS court

Tips for Attorneys and Clients in Preserving the Record These are comments taken from a CPS judge. Generally good advise when you are a witness testifying in a court proceeding, too. 1.  Speak loud and speak one at a time (Trying to decipher two people talking over one another may affect the quality of the record.  If [..]

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