Parole opportunities for non-violent offenders

Last session, the legislature made quite a few changes to the laws concerning parole eligibility.  Almost all of those changes were not retroactive.  One change it did make applies to persons already serving time and that was a mechanism whereby persons who have been convicted of non-violent crimes who have served 25% of their sentence…

Vacating a guilty plea – part 2

The vehicle for asking the court to vacate a guilty plea is a motion for post-conviction relief. M.C.A. Sect. 99-39-1 et seq.  It is filed with the trial court.  That is, it is filed with the same judge who took the plea unless that judge is no longer available. There is a statute of limitations…

Vacating a guilty plea

I get numerous calls from relatives of inmates who pleaded guilty and now want a do over.  I explain how hard this is to do but I’m not sure anyone ever understands this.  So, I decided to put together a list of cases that would explain what are some of the few  grounds for vacating…

Texas Monthly’s profile of lawyer Joe Jamail

is titled “The Greatest Lawyer Who Ever Lived.”  At 89 years of age, Jamail is as combative as ever.  It’s an interesting read. The writer describes Jamail after a day in trial – he’s sitting in a restaurant over a drink and  “luxuriating in his Jamail-ness.” Theoretically, his methods—relying on hypotheticals, rattling opponents, getting unfavorable facts…