CHANCES OF SUCCESS IN A FEDERAL APPEAL

In an interesting 2006 report issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, it was estimated that the Court granted oral argument in 10.5% or criminal cases. The Report also indicates that the reversal rate in the Fifth Circuit is approximately 8.3% in criminal cases. In contrast, Clint Broden has obtained oral argument in approximately 50% …

Clint BrodenCHANCES OF SUCCESS IN A FEDERAL APPEAL

PUBLIC DEFENDER VS. PRIVATE ATTORNEY

An interesting study was reported in the New York Times discussing the difference between being represented by a public defender as opposed to being represented by a retained attorney in a criminal case. The study was conducted by two economists for Emory University. The study concluded that in serious cases “the average sentence for clients of public defenders was almost …

Clint BrodenPUBLIC DEFENDER VS. PRIVATE ATTORNEY

Some Bizarre Death Penalty Laws

Recently I had a Federal judge reject my attempts to keep a client on death row from being executed.  I was appointed to represent the defendant after he had lost his trial; lost his appeal in state court; and lost his attempt to convince the trial judge to find his case constitutionally flawed pursuant to a “writ of habeas corpus.”  …

Mick MickelsenSome Bizarre Death Penalty Laws

Dallas County Exonerations

Recently in the media there have been numerous stories about the exoneration of inmates from the Texas prison system.  Texas has had more exonerations than any other state and Dallas more exonerations than any other city.  Most of these exonerations have come about as a result of the noble efforts of the Texas Innocence Project.  This nonprofit organization has sought …

Mick MickelsenDallas County Exonerations