He was tall, handsome, and raised in a religious house. As a youth he worked in his father’s grocery store. He was a star athlete at Farmersville high school in Denton, a Texas state record holder in the hurdles. He pledged Pi Kappa Alpha at UNT. And if he hadn’t hitchhiked down Sunset Blvd. in the summer of 1968, he might never have met Charlie Manson. His name is Charles “Tex” Watson, and 50 years ago today, he began a mission of murder called “Helter Skelter.”
5 Necessary Components of any Bail Reform measure
An Open Letter to the 2021 Texas Legislature
I watched the 2019 legislature with great hope, convinced that the bipartisan call for meaningful bail reform in Texas would finally be answered. Ultimately, however, it was not. As such, I offer this open letter to 2021 lawmakers addressing why we need bail reform, and how to do it.
The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America
In Congress, July 4, 1776.
The text of our Declaration of Independence in full. Some of the most powerful words ever written. Happy Independence Day.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Abuse of a Corpse in Texas
James Scandirito Senior, 74, was reported missing on April 1st, 2018. His son, James Scandirito Junior, said that he last saw his father the previous night. It turns out that Junior actually dismembered his father and hid his body. Was it murder or panic? Read More
The Defense of Insanity in Texas
In South Carolina, Timothy Jones Jr. was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering his 5 children, ranging in age from 1 to 8. He plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Let’s discuss this case and the insanity defense in Texas. Read More
Judge Birmingham as a Panelist on The Daily Debrief with Aaron Keller
In discussing the Jussie Smollett story and Kellen Winslow II Trial find out why I said:
- “I am a firm believer in transparency in our government”
- “Exposing a witness’s bias is one of the cornerstones of any cross examination”
Judge Birmingham with Brian Buckmire, France Hakes & Mike Koribanics on Kellen Winslow
Former NFL tightend Kellen Winslow II is charged with 5 counts of sexual assault in California. In this commentary, we discuss:
- The Principle of Connective Force
- How Actions Reveal Intent
- How Jurors Might Weigh Testimony From Different Victims
Judge Birmingham and Brian Buckmire Discuss the Kellen Winslow Trial
Kellen Winslow II is accused of 5 counts of sexual assault in California. In this commentary, we discuss:
- What do 15 foot jumpers in a basketball game have to do with Reasonable Doubt?
- What is a Rape Shield Law?
- What role does a sexual assault nurse play in a sexual assault trial?