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I’m pleased to announce the release of the Texas DWI Guide App!  This app is available free from iTunes


I created this app for the Public, Attorneys, and Peace Officers.  The Texas DWI Guide is the premier guide on all things regarding DWI / DUI charges.

The most powerful Driving While Intoxicated app on the market, it provides:

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I guess this is the next (il)logical step in how the police want to handle DWI and DUI arrests…. posting the pictures on facebook.  This lovely New Jersey city is sharing their book-in photos of the accused on Facebook.


Police departments maintaining a presence on Facebook and Twitter are nothing new, but Evesham Township, N.J., is taking social-media law enforcement a step further by controversially posting arrest photographs on its Facebook pagelike the names and photographs of people arrested for drunk driving. While the police department’s Facebook page has been around for about six months, the decision to add DUI photos was added only on Monday.

Before you ask, no, this is not the township in New Jersey where "Snooki" was arrested for disorderly conduct. But if the rabble-rousing "Jersey Shore" star found out there was a police department that might give her antics even more attention than usual, maybe she’d show up and try to pull off some hijinks.

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From the McKinney Courier Gazette:

Special prosecutor called to investigate Collin County DA
By Danny Gallagher

A Collin County grand jury has asked an "attorney pro tem," also known as a special prosecutor, to investigate the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.
Collin County District Attorney John Roach issued a statement Thursday afternoon regarding the grand jury’s appointment by a grand jury in the 380th District Court by Judge Suzanne Wooten.

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bbCongratulations to Scott Becker on his appointment to the 219th District Court in Collin County.  The appointment was announced on the Governor’s website today.

Mr. Becker won the Republican Primary election and was set to take office (no democratic opponent) on January 1, 2011.  However, current sitting Judge Henderson recently announced his retirement.  Most people around the courthouse assumed he would be appointed to the bench, but until today nothing was official.

Mr. Becker’s appointment is to begin on October 5, 2010, and expire at the end of the term January 1, 2011 (when he will become the elected Judge).

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I stand corrected. I’m siting in the hearing now.  Part of the motion was about restricting the press in this case.  I figured this was just about a change of venue.  But so far the only questions asked are about how many articles have been published and the circulation. 

So far, Bill from the CCA has testified. He spoke about his articles and his circulation. Righ now Ed Housewright from the DMN is teatifying over his lawyers objection to his circulation.

Please excuse the typos .  i’m typing this on an iphone.

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Well, the hearing is now over and bith sides rested and closed.  the judge ruled that the arguments dont override the first amendment rights of the press and denied his motion to reatrict the press.  regarding the lawyers and witnesses talking to the press, thats not restricted either.  but the judge said he recomends them not talking to the press but not ordering it.

hes asking for a "gentlemen’s" agreement not to talk to the press (judge).  saying it will not be taken as positive by the court. And he may change this current ruling .  but in the judges statement he said ‘i will be extremely unhappy’ if the lawyers talk directly to the press.

Walpole brings up he massive filing which I was quoted about in the DMN about. The 13,000 page filing.  i said hat t looked more like a press release than a true filing .  hes asking for discovery reaponses not be filed with the court.  judge said he hasnt read it.

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All clerks charged were arraigned on the charges and all naturally pled not guilty  Although it wasnt taken up now, but was alluded to was that some of those charged may ask to have the trials severed so that they might all be tried together.

there was also a question by the judge as to whether or not the state needs to put that they are aggregating the $ amounts to calculate the thefts.  personally, Im not sure if that is accurate or not.  The judge also spoke about if they were all tries together, the need for a reeeealy big courtroom.

the judge talked about trial this year vs next year. presumably the defendants want a trial next year vs this year.  because of the change in administration and DAs maybe not being employed anymore.  The juge said that he thinks the trial should be THIS YEAR! 

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passed for a future time is taking up is whether or not the defendents get the grand jury testimony.

The defendants also askes for the state to reveal their sources of who thy got their information from.  the state opposed that.  a discussion was had of whistleblowers vs a criminal drug informant.  the judge is going to look into this further.  the parties will probably brief the judge in the future as to their arguments about this.

The judge will rule on this on Sep 27th. 

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Well, sorry about the crude posts, but I thought my readers would want to know what was going on reporterslive in this case.  After speaking with some courthouse workers (who actually had to work and didn’t have time to sit in the courtroom), I decided to "live blog" from my iPhone at the last minute.  It was a frustrating experience, and I promise to bring a laptop or at least iPad next time.

The quick background:

6 District Clerks in Collin County were indicted on on charges of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.  After setting PR bonds, the presiding judge of the court, Judge Rusch removed himself from the case, but the District Attorney did not.  Visiting District Judge Nuns was assigned to the case, and today all six clerks formally pleaded "Not Guilty."

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