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April 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

Shelby Hall Shelby is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016. Shelby grew up in Ovilla, Texas and attended Red Oak High School. She also attended Abilene Christian University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. While attending ACU, she served as a pitcher for the university’s softball team and was named to the Lone Star Conference’s All-Academic Team three times. In addition to being a Comment Editor for Volume 48 of the Texas Tech Law Review, Shelby serves as a [...]

Getting to Know TTLR

April 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Kristen Vander-Plas Kristen is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016. Kristen (known affectionately as “KVP” to her peers and professors alike) grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Lubbock Christian University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.  Kristen is a Comment Editor for Volume 48 of the Texas Tech Law Review and a member of several of Tech Law’s national advocacy traveling teams. To date she and her teams have clinched two national championships and she [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Griffin v. State

April 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Griffin v. State NO. 10-05176-CRF-361 Case Summary written by Frederick C. Hutterer, Staff Member. JUDGE JOHNSON delivered the opinion of the court, in which JUDGE KEASLER, JUDGE HERVEY, JUDGE ALCALA, JUDGE RICHARDSON, AND JUDGE NEWELL joined. JUDGE YEARY filed a dissenting opinion, in which PRESIDING JUDGE KELLER and JUDGE MEYERS joined. Griffin was charged with intentionally causing the death of Jennifer Hailey while attempting to kidnap her son on September 19, 2010. In June of 2012, a jury [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: In re Masterson

April 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

In re Masterson Nos. WR-59, 481-04 and WR-59, 481-05 Case summary written by Ashleigh Hammer, Staff Member. PER CURIAM. Richard Allen Masterson was found guilty of capital murder in April 2002. The jury subsequently sentenced Masterson to death, and this court affirmed his conviction and sentence on appeal. The court denied Masterson’s initial post conviction application for a writ of habeas corpus, and dismissed Masterson’s subsequent writ application. In December 2015, Masterson filed a [...]

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April 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

 Carter Bowers Carter Bowers is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016.  Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, he graduated from Texas Tech University in May 2011, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History.  He continued to study History as a graduate student at Tech from 2011 to 2013 until enrolling at Texas Tech School of Law. Carter is an Articles Editor for Volume 48 of the Texas Tech Law Review and has been a tutor for both 1L Torts and Constitutional Law courses.  He has also been [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Reeder v. State

April 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Reeder v. State No. PD-0601-14 Case Summary written by Pedro Leyva, Staff Member. JUDGE HERVEY delivered the opinion of the unanimous court. The appellant, Reeder, over his objection, was required to submit a blood specimen after hitting a tree pursuant to §724.012(b)(3)(B) of the Texas Transportation Code. The appellant was charged with a felony DWI because he had twice previously been convicted of DWI. The appellant filed a motion to suppress, which was denied by the trial judge. The [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Hysaw v. Dawkins

April 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

Hysaw v. Dawkins No. 14-0984 04-13-00539-CV, 450 S.W.3d 147, 07-30-14 Case Summary written by Jana L. Simons, Staff Member. JUSTICE GUZMAN delivered the opinion of the Court. In 1947 Ethel Hysaw executed her will, dividing her land into three fee simple estates in her land and bequeathing one to each of her three children, Dorothy, Howard, and Inez. In her will, she disposed of the underlying mineral rights separately by stating “[t]hat each of my children shall have and hold an undivided [...]

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April 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Linda Castillo Linda Castillo is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016 and serves as an Articles Editor on the Law Review. She is from Elsa, Texas, a small town in the Rio Grande Valley. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government with a minor in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2013. As a 2L, she served as Vice President of the Organization of Women Law Students, and is also a member of several organizations, including Phi Delta Phi and the Red Raider Bar [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Ex parte Robbins

April 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ex parte Robbins No. WR-73,484-02 Case Summary written by Andy Linn, Staff Member. PER CURIAM. In 1999, a jury found Neal Hampton Robbins guilty of capital murder of his girlfriend’s seventeen-month-old daughter. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Robbins moved for a new trial, contending that the evidence was factually and legally insufficient to establish that the child’s death was a homicide, but the trial court denied his motion. On direct appeal, the court affirmed as to [...]

Getting to Know TTLR

April 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Theresa Golde Theresa is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016. Originally from Glendale, California, she moved to Austin, Texas, where she attended St. Edward’s University. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Currently, Theresa serves as a Comment Editor for Volume 48 of the Texas Tech Law Review. She is also a Research Assistant for Professor Humphrey and is externing this semester at Texas Tech’s Office of the General Counsel. During her 2L year, Theresa [...]
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