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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gershowitz on Texas Criminal Procedure

Gershowitz_adam Adam M. Gershowitz (University of Houston Law Center) has posted Is Texas Tough on Crime but Soft on Criminal Procedure? (American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 49, 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Although Texas is well known for imposing tough punishments on convicted defendants, it is surprisingly generous in affording criminal procedure protections. In a variety of areas, including search and seizure rules, confession requirements, the availability of bail, discovery obligations on prosecutors, or jury trial guarantees, Texas affords protections vastly in excess of what is required by the United States Constitution. Even more shockingly, these criminal procedure guarantees come almost entirely from Texas statutes approved by the legislature, not activist rules imposed by judges. This article explores Texas's reputation as a tough-on-crime state, as well as the fact that the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure is extremely favorable to criminal defendants. The article explains the seeming inconsistency between Texas being tough on crime but soft on criminal procedure.

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Mr. Gershowitz, Re: discovery obligations on prosecutors. If you get time please confirm if it's acceptable for a (1). Defendant's attorney to file discovery motions 30 days prior to the trial?
2). For a criminal jury trial to go forward despite none of the 7 motion's Orders being Agreed or Denied? Thanks.

Posted by: The Team | Apr 21, 2011 9:10:14 AM

Interesting juxtaposition. Does that mean that once a defendant is actually convicted, they MUST be guilty because the verdict made it through so many hoops?

Posted by: Joe | Apr 21, 2011 3:43:34 PM

What is the name of the pre-trial motion to obtain all of the prosecutor's evidence?

Posted by: JOHN | Apr 25, 2012 7:26:04 AM

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