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Caprock Chronicles: History of Texas Tech’s First Mascot

Attorney Chuck Lanehart uncovers the unknown history of Texas Tech's first mascot. Below is a preview of his newest Caprock Chronicle. The story of Texas Tech’s first mascot is familiar. Saddle Tramp Arch Lamb dreamed up the idea in 1936. That fall, George Tate—wearing a scarlet satin cape—led the Matadors onto the football field riding…

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Caprock Chronicles: Lubbock’s First Courthouse

Attorney Chuck Lanehart writes on the first courthouse serving Lubbock county and the developing community. Built in 1891, the courthouse first also functioned as a dance hall, park, concert venue and church. For 300 permanent residents of Lubbock, the building offered shelter and a gathering place. Learn more about the first criminal trials and notable…

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Lanehart Covers Tornillo in Voice for the Defense

In the July/August edition of Voice for the Defense, Chuck Lanehart's feature story on Tornillo explores an immigration camp near El Paso, TX. Tornillo is notable as a center for deported children, as part of the government's family separation policy. The story follows the motivations of Frank Chelly, a local public defender that read the…

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Caprock Chronicles: Lubbock’s Growth Increased Demand for Jails

Lubbock has gradually grown, 125+ years after being founded. In the beginning, the county jail was primitive and served multiple duties as a schoolhouse, temporary chapel and living quarters for the sheriff. The limited number of defendants awaiting trial and criminals allowed for a small jail that served the community. Overtime, as Lubbock grew, so…

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The Legacy of Lubbock & The Law July 2018

Chuck Lanehart's Legacy of Lubbock and the Law for July covers the building of a new courthouse in 1912, a local judge turns in the robes to serve in World War II, coverage of the 1968 State Bar of Texas annual meeting, and in 1993 the power of the jury. Read the Full Story

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Lanehart & Stangl Read Declaration of Independence

Chuck Lanehart & Fred Stangl Participate in a Texas Tradition The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence is now becoming expected of lawyers in the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In Lubbock, the reading carries special meaning for those accused of a crime and for the lawyers that defend clients. The Bill of Rights…

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Fourth Amendment Expands to Cell Phone Data

Supreme Court Rules on Illegal Search & Seizure The Supreme Court recently decided a case that will have long term affects on the criminal justice system and defendant rights. In Carpenter vs. United States, the case rested on whether the government has the ability to obtain cell phone data without a warrant. In the case…

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COLORADO MARIJUANA, THC EDIBLES AND TEXAS LAW

Dangerous Travels In 2012, Colorado legalized the possession and sale of marijuana products. Texas has not followed suit, and as a result, many young people traveling from Colorado to Texas with legally-purchased marijuana products have found themselves in serious trouble when found in possession of THC edibles. What is the Difference Between Marijuana and THC?…

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Motion to Suppress Granted for Stangl’s Client

In a Terry County murder case, Attorney Stangl was granted a Motion to Suppress after two evidentiary hearings. The Judge ruled that Fred’s client was taken into custody without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Any observations made by law enforcement after the illegal detention, as well as his client’s statements obtained as the result of…

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Caprock Chronicle: Execution Rarely Happens to Convicted Lubbock Murderers

In Chuck Lanehart's Caprock Chronicle, defendants convicted of murder in Lubbock County are rarely executed. Murder cases end in a variety of outcomes, from mistrials to convictions and appeals. A few defendants are sentenced to death for the most heinous of crimes. Of those convicted of murder, a small number have been executed. In total,…

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