The most common response I get on the campaign trail when I tell folks I am running for the Court of Criminal Appeals is, “Congratulations! … What’s the Court of Criminal Appeals?” The short answer is that it’s the Supreme Court for all criminal cases in Texas. Below, we’ll discuss a little about how cases wind up there, the history of the court, and a unique type of case the court automatically hears.
TWO words best sum up my thoughts on Wednesday’s Campaign kickoff party: Humbled and Grateful.
The Campaign Kickoff crowd at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin
I am humbled because my supporters come from places you might not expect: lawyers I battled against in trial; lawyers I’ve ruled against as a Judge; retired lawyers; lawyers who don’t have cases pending in my court; lawyers who fought hard against each other in trial in my court; Judges who heard cases I tried; Judges from courts that don’t have anything to do with criminal law; Retired Judges; community activists; probation officers; public defenders; appellate practitioners; current and former prosecutors.
Kellen Winslow II is accused of 5 counts of sexual assault in California. In this commentary, we discuss:
- What do 15 foot jumpers in a basketball game have to do with Reasonable Doubt?
- What is a Rape Shield Law?
- What role does a sexual assault nurse play in a sexual assault trial?