Client Released from Lubbock County Jail Due to Coronavirus

On May 8, Chuck Lanehart freed another client at risk of contracting COVID-19 at the Lubbock County Jail. The young African-American man faced serious drug charges in a rural county, which were the basis for a parole violation “blue warrant”. A blue warrant blocks the client from posting bail. Chuck swiftly negotiated a misdemeanor punishment…

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Marijuana Possession Charge Ends in Case Dismissed

In Texas, even something as minor as possession of marijuana can deliver stiff penalties. A client was arrested in a rural, South Plains county and faced up to 6 months in jail. Working with experienced criminal defense attorneys provides benefits. The defendant's case is now dismissed and he has completed probation. As a result, he…

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Lubbock’s New City Hall, Citizens Tower Opens

Avenue K is Finally Open! Citizens Tower opens today, May 1, 2020. It has been a long six years, but now my street is free and we have a new Lubbock City Hall I wrote the Lubbock Mayor and City Council this letter April 15, 2014, asking that my street—Avenue K—be reopened. It had been…

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Caprock Chronicles: The Spanish Flu Pandemic in the South Plains

Chuck Lanehart looks into the 1918 to 1920 Spanish Flu in this week's Caprock Chronicle. It's easy to draw parallels to today's Coronavirus pandemic, but also many differences. For starters, the town of Lubbock was small and the entire South Plains region had fewer than 90,000 residents. Lubbock today is much larger and the impact…

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Grand Jury Proceedings in Lubbock to Restart in May

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many functions of the criminal justice system have been put on hold. In Texas, a disaster declaration on March 13th caused non-essential court functions to be postponed in most jurisdictions. The Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also suspended many hearings. Soon after, the state…

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Freeing Clients Threatened by COVID-19 Exposure in Jails

Jails are described by health professionals as “petri-dishes” for COVID-19. At Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, we are doing everything possible to obtain the immediate release of incarcerated clients who are threatened by the infection. Our law office is considered an “essential service” according to health guidelines. Lawyers and staff are at full force, working daily…

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Fred Stangl Interviewed on Personal Bond Executive Order

Governor Greg Abbot’s recent executive order was covered by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. In the state-wide order, Judges are prevented from issuing Personal Recognizance Bonds to suspects accused of, or previously convicted of violent crimes. The order was made as more jails and prisons begin to find positive cases of COVID-19. As a result, counties…

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Coronavirus Impact on Criminal Law in Texas

Governor Greg Abbot recently created several executive orders that affect the criminal defense process. There are also several criminal justice developments happening throughout Texas: March 29: Inmates accused, charged or previously convicted of violent crimes (physical violence or threat of physical violence) are barred from release in jail until bail is paid. This order affects…

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Saga of Sam Cates, Crosby County Murder Defendant

Chuck Lanehart shares the backstory, accusations and trial of one of Crosbyton's most infamous murders in this week's Caprock Chronicle. In the 1920's, Sam Cates fired two shotgun blasts into his employer and landlord, the attorney J.W. Burton. Claiming self defense, Cates was charged with "murder with malice aforethought", a capital crime. If convicted, Sam…

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Fred Stangl Interviewed on Police DNA Collection

A change in state law allows police in Texas to collect DNA evidence upon arrest. The law is named the Krystal Jean Baker Act after a kidnapping/murder victim's case was unsolved for 14 years. Eventually, the family received justice when a suspect was arrested for an unrelated crime with a DNA match. Prior to the…

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