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Brady case law (mostly Texas)

CaseHoldingBigby v. Dretke, 402 F.3d 551, 574 (5th Cir. 2005) (en banc)People v. Jones, 375 N.E.2d 41, 44-45 (1978)U.S. v. Bagley, 473 U.S. 667, 683-84 (1985)Miller v. Pate, 386 U.S. 1, 7 (1967)Fox v. State,…



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Fire Science

Liquid evidence, on the other hand, usually is put into unbreakable, airtight, sealed containers. The same is true for solid forms of evidence that may contain volatile evidence, such as charred remnants of a fire…


The case of Alfred Dewayne Brown

At about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2003, three men attempted to rob the ACE America’s Cash Express check-cashing store located at 5700 South Loop E, Houston TX 77033. The robbery did not go…



Terry Doctrine

The Terry doctrine stands for the notion that based on reasonable suspicion alone–and without probable cause–the police may briefly detain a citizen to conduct a cursory protective sweep in search for anything posing a danger…



Begging to Be Prosecuted

In Episode 21 (“Hands Off the Junk“) of Season 26 of the show COPS, a lady calls the police on her husband and son because she is tired of them fighting with each other. The…


Community Caretaking Emergency Doctrine

The Fourth Amendment protects the people from unreasonable searches and seizures. It is presumptively unreasonable for the government to violate a person’s property rights or to intrude on a reasonable expectation of privacy without a…