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Chuck Lanehart and Fred Stangl Read Declaration of Independence for July 4th.

On behalf of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, I would like to extend congratulations to all the members who took time out this past weekend to participate in readings of the Declaration of Independence in county courthouses around the state. This was a tribute to the organizers of the yearly event—Robb Fickman of Houston…

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The Legacy of Lubbock Lawyers from the Past

Compiled by Chuck Lanehart 100+ Years Ago Attorney W.F. Schenck went to Amarillo Tuesday to look after legal matters. Attorney Sam Merrell was here last week attending court. -The Lubbock Avalanche, June 27, 1912 75 Years Ago Judge Dillard gets a great kick out of thinking and talking about Mr. Tubbs, “the man who furnished…

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Evolution of the Lubbock County Courthouse

Original Lubbock County Courthouse. “Uncle Tang” Martin, a disabled veteran of the Civil War, is seated before the original wood frame Lubbock County Courthouse, which was constructed at the center of the town square in1892. The square was actually rectangular in shape, one block wide and two blocks long, bounded by Cedar Street (now Texas…

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Murder Charge Dropped for Client of Fred Stangl

Last week, Stangl helped a client successfully take a plea deal for domestic assault, which allowed other charges to be dropped. Billy Limbaugh Jr. received five charges in 2014, years after the alleged crime of murdering Monica Adams in 2008. These charges included murder, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and additional charges. In an interview,…

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Dallas Sonnier: Victim impact statement absolutely necessary

By GABRIEL MONTE A-J MEDIA As Thomas Dixon’s second trial was coming to a close, Dallas Sonnier, the eldest son of Dr. Joseph Sonnier, the victim of Dixon’s murder-for-hire plot, began redrafting his victim impact statement. Dallas Sonnier wrote the statement a year before during Dixon’s first trial in November 2014. He planned to read…

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Concealed Handguns on Texas school campuses

On Saturday, September 10th, Fred spoke to the West Texas Paralegals Association on the topic of carrying firearms on the campuses of Texas schools. His talk included the School Marshal program, which gives school districts the option to certify certain employees as school marshals. Once they complete a rigorous training program established by statute, these…

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All charges to be dropped against former Texas Tech lineman represented by Chuck Lanehart

Former Texas Tech football player, Robert Castaneda, expects all charges related to a home burglary and gun theft over the winter break to be dropped. Texas Tech released Castaneda in May from Tech’s football team for failing to uphold student-athlete expectations, Tech officials said at the time. He  entered into an agreement with the district…

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Reading Old Words Is Good for the Soul

Reflections on the 2016 TCDLA Declaration Readings CHUCK LANEHART Friday, July 22nd, 2016 Reading Old Words Is Good for the Soul     Perhaps my earliest memory as a baby lawyer was watching worried law professors and bar leaders wringing their hands, wondering: “How can we improve our image as lawyers? Pro bono work? Public…

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Chuck Lanehart Wins Dismissal in DWI Case

Utilizing a two-pronged defense, Chuck Lanehart this month successfully obtained a dismissal of a DWI case for a young college student. The student was involved in a traffic accident, and police obtained a search warrant to obtain the student’s blood to be analyzed for alcohol content. However, Chuck argued the search warrant was signed by…

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Victory for Chuck Lanehart’s client on Rural Country Road

Chuck Lanehart’s client was stopped by a law enforcement officer for two reasons: (1) because she drove in the wrong lane of a rural country road, and (2) because the officer said he wanted to check on her welfare. The client was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated, but the DWI charge was dismissed when…

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