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The Taste of Freedom

Hello everyone, Kimberly Andrade here. I'm a student, and I am planning to attend law school in the future.  I currently work as a legal assistant for Hunt & Tuegel, PLLC, and I'll be writing about freedom and justice. 

Campus Sexual Assault Accusations

Across the country, colleges and universities are under immense pressure from the general public and the federal government to investigate and swiftly discipline students for sexual misconduct.  Unfortunately, this well-intentioned mission to protect women on college campuses from sexual violence has also resulted in a number of male students being branded as "rapists" and kicked out of colleges and universities without the due process and protections they would receive in the criminal justice process.  While the college or university disciplinary process does not result in a criminal sentence, the information gathered by the school and the determination by the school can still have lasting implications both in the student's personal/professional life as well as in the criminal process. 

Criminal Justice Reform

Perhaps one of the most sobering parts of being a criminal defender is in interacting with my clients and realizing how many of us could have ended up in their shoes.  When I interact with my clients, I hear their stories, and that often gives me a unique glimpse into how:

Seeking Life in the Death (Bible) Belt

In "the heart of death penalty country," as my friend Jeanne Bishop so aptly puts in her book, we represent people the State is seeking to execute.  Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, 82% of all executions have taken place in the Southern "Bible Belt" (37% in Texas alone).

The Price of Freedom

Recent events in Waco have clearly caught public attention.  They have also shed light on the price of your freedom.  The arrest of 175 people on May 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas brought with it the issue of people who must wait in jail because they are unable to afford to bond out.  These events have also put the spotlight on the McLennan County Criminal Justice system. 

The Problems with Snitches

For those of you reading this who may not work in the criminal justice system, snitches are people who provide information to police and prosecutors for a reward, usually cash or some level of leniency from the prosecution, or even just a hope for leniency in the future.  Snitches are almost always criminals themselves.

Finding Just Mercy

This is my first blog post.  It's Michelle writing, and I will be writing almost 100% of the posts.  I am writing to reflect, share, teach, and just be me.  Some of my posts will be informative for potential clients, and some of my posts will be about a topic close to my heart - criminal justice reform.  But my main reason for writing is to share the viewpoint and some of the things we experience as defenders of the citizen accused.  We are their voice and we want to share the hard experiences our clients often face, the battles we fight, the victories we win, and what we've learned along the way. 

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