Sunday, January 23, 2011

A preview of my cases

I thought you guys might find it interesting to see some of the cases I'm handling (and by "handling" I mean that I'm responsible for the plea negotiations and, should the case go to trial, I'll first chair it).

As well as the list below, I have about 150 other cases that never make the headlines.

Oh, because these are pending cases, I won't offer any commentary. Thus, the words below are taken directly from the news stories:
  • Police have arrested a 25-year-old man who they say used a stun gun on people in a string of robberies early Sunday.
  • Travis County Sheriff’s officials have charged a man with capital murder in connection with the fatal shooting of two men Monday morning outside a northeastern Travis County strip club.
  • A former Austin hip-hop dancer has been jailed on four counts of sexual assault, with two of those charges involving 17-year-old girls, according to Travis County Jail records and court records.
  • [This one is mine, though the appellate folks are handling it right now:] State District Judge Mike Lynch has granted a new trial to Daniel Joe Hernandez, a 23-year-old who was sentenced in September to 35 years in prison in the death of Francisco "Pancho" Iruegas, who was shot last year during an East Austin drive-by shooting.
  • [Headline, obviously:] Man arrested in 1985 Austin killing.... Nashville man, who worked in Austin music scene in 1980s, charged with murder.

I would guess that of the above cases, only one will be resolved by plea negotiations. As you probably know, that's a total reversal of the usual ratio. I'll let you know towards the end of the year if I was right about that.

But remind me, I can be forgetful.

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