Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Some Various Holdings

While I'm focused elsewhere, here's a quick look at some published holdings from around the state:

Confession Valid Despite Illegal Arrest
Monge v. State, (Tex. Crim. App.) June 30, 2010 - Providing suspect with co-defendant's confession implicating him in the crime attenuated the taint of the illegal arrest such that the suspect's later confession was not subject to exclusion.

"I'm Incompetent, I Just Can't Prove It!"
Galvan v. State, (11th Ct.--Eastland), June 17, 2010 - The defendant, who is presumed competent to stand trial, must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he is incompetent, and a jury finding that the defendant is compentent will not ordinarily by overturned.

Skeletons in the Closet
State v. Krizan-Wilson, (14th Ct.--Houston), June 22, 2010 - A 23-year prosecutorial delay in seeking an indictment for murder did not violate the defendant's due process rights because the delay was not an intentional device used to gain a tactical advantage over the accused or for other bad faith purposes.