It begins. Today, dear readers, I launch Intelligent Defense, the Texas criminal defense law podcast.
As an experienced, practicing DWI defense attorney, juvenile defense attorney, and criminal defense attorney serving Williamson County, Austin, and Central Texas, I encounter a large number of interesting legal issues. Although I have, and will continue to discuss such issues on this blog, and my Texas Criminal Case Law Analysis blog, I hope that the Intelligent Defense Podcast will provide another outlet to assist my clients and the general public while also contributing to the ongoing discussion of Texas criminal law and criminal policy.
In this first episode I discuss the recent arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States in the Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs cases. In these cases, heard together, the Court considers whether or not it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment, barred by the 8th Amendment, to sentence someone to life without the possibility of parole for a crime committed as a juvenile. I discuss the issue generally, various interesting aspects of the oral argument, and give a bit of commentary.
Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment on this blog post. I will also submit this podcast to iTunes shortly so please feel free to leave comments in iTunes as well.