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Lying Witnesses: The Shabby State of Criminal Justice in our Country

The American Criminal Justice System: “Houston, We have a Problem.” Mark Fuhrman, convicted of a felony perjury after the O.J. Simpson trial, is now a national Fox legal analyst, an “expert witness” on police matters. Last week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled “Dr.” James Ferguson, a state toxicologist, convicted of perjury, could NOT be sued or found liable for lying in a murder case where his expert witness testimony was relied upon by the judge for the conviction. Fred Zain, toxicologist at the West Virginia Department of Public Safety, falsified lab results which resulted in as...

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How I got into DWI Defense

Ft. Worth Star Telegram article I have been in love with defending DWI cases since I first started practicing law. When I graduated law school, I had no clue that I would eventually become a board certified lawyer in DWI. As a brand new lawyer I handled court appointed cases. This turned into a job with the biggest criminal defense practice of the metroplex at the time back in 1995, Bailey and Galyen. I was responsible for half the firm’s Tarrant County misdemeanor docket, which was largely comprised of DWIs. I knew early on that being a criminal defense...

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DWI Dismissals & Obstruction of the Highway

What is obstructing a highway? DWI Dismissals & Obstruction of the Highway If you have been arrested for DWI in Texas, you are probably asking yourself the following questions: 1. Can I get my DWI dismissed? If so, how? How likely is it that my DWI case can be dismissed?2. I have heard of people getting their DWI cases reduced to “obstruction of a highway.” What is “obstruction of a highway?” How likely is it that I might get an “obstruction of a highway?”3. Will a DWI conviction be permanently on my record? At the Coffey Firm, we believe in straight talk. Mimi does...

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Lying Expert Witnesses

Whether it is DWI expert witnesses, DNA experts, or analytical chemists, the concerns for truth in science are the same…. The American Criminal Justice System: “Houston, We have a Problem.” Mark Fuhrman, convicted of a felony perjury after the O.J. Simpson trial, is now a national Fox legal analyst, an “expert witness” on police matters. Last week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled “Dr.” James Ferguson, a state toxicologist, convicted of perjury, could NOT be sued or found liable for lying in a murder case where his expert witness testimony was relied upon by the judge for the...

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Double Standard

We the citizens must know the law. It is no excuse for us to not know the law in court. For example, we can't argue to a judge that we thought the speed limit was 65 when in fact it was 50 in fighting the ticket. Yet the Houston Court of Appeals ruled that a cop can be mistaken on the law and it does not matter, the resulting investigation is legal. In other words: the stop is good. The Houston Court of Appeals in Babel v. State, No. 14-17-00762-CR, 2019 Tex. App. LEXIS 3144 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] April 18,...

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