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State Legislature Considering Additional Teacher-Student Relationship Measures

State Legislature Considering Additional Teacher-Student Relationship Measures The San Antonio Express-News called on the Texas Legislature in a March 24 editorial to address the number of reported cases of improper relationships between educators and students that “is growing at an alarming rate.” The editorial stated that in “many districts, teachers who engage in improper relationship with students are allowed to keep their teaching certificates, and fewer than half face criminal… Read More

Flanary Law Firm Providing Pro Bono Help to Grandpa Fighting Marijuana Charges

Flanary Law Firm Providing Pro Bono Help to Grandpa Fighting Marijuana Charges We heard Phillip Blanton’s story and knew the Flanary Law Firm needed to help him. Texans consider ourselves freedom-loving people, but in one major respect, Californians have us beat. Phillip Blanton saw the ugly side of Texas on his trip to visit his now 21-year-old granddaughter in the midst of her battle with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the Houston Methodist Hospital Cancer Center in Houston,… Read More

The Flanary Law Firm Challenges the Constitutionality of Federal Marijuana Enforcement

The Flanary Law Firm Challenges the Constitutionality of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Does the federal government have the right to arrest someone in Texas for behavior they condone in Colorado? Do states, and their residents, deserve equal treatment by the federal government—at least treatment that bears some rational relation to the facts on the ground? The cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana is legal in eight states and the District of Columbia under state law, but… Read More

Nico LaHood Could be Saving Bexar County More Than $9 Million a Year

Nico LaHood Could be Saving Bexar County More Than $9 Million a Year Changes are in store for Harris County since Democrat Kim Ogg beat incumbent Republican Devon Anderson for the position of District Attorney in the November election. Not only has the new DA implemented a personnel turnover among the ranks of prosecuting attorneys, but she’s also held true to a campaign promise to no longer arrest people caught with zero to four ounces of marijuana. Ogg announced… Read More

Flanary Law Firm Walks in San Antonio’s Annual MLK March

Flanary Law Firm Walks in San Antonio’s Annual MLK March Flanary Law Firm Walks in Annual MLK March The Flanary Law Firm participated in San Antonio’s 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March on January 16, 2017.  San Antonio does not host a traditional parade like many other cities, but rather about 300,000 people in the community meet up and walk 2.75 miles down Martin Luther King Drive, ending with a giant celebration. The Flanary Law Firm draws inspiration… Read More

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Rules Improper Photography Law Unconstitutional

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Rules Improper Photography Law Unconstitutional A Vice News article reported that a Texas state law which banned “improper photography or visual recording,” with the “intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person” was deemed an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment rights. This ruling comes as a result of a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals case involving Ronald Thompson, represented by attorney Don Flanary. Thompson was accused… Read More

Recent NPR Article Discusses Pending Free Speech Decision and Justin Carter Case

Recent NPR Article Discusses Pending Free Speech Decision and Justin Carter Case NPR’s All Tech Considered blog discusses the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Monday that may change the playing field for free speech online. At issue: “When is a seemingly threatening online message a crime?” The answer to this question next week will impact Justin Carter, a Texas gamer indicted for making “terroristic threats” in an online video game, shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013.… Read More

Upcoming Supreme Court Decision May Impact Justin Carter Case

Upcoming Supreme Court Decision May Impact Justin Carter Case A new San Antonio Express-News article discusses upcoming oral arguments in Anthony Ellis’ appeal. Ellis was jailed for four years after being convicted for posting a threat to kill his ex-wife on Facebook. The upcoming decision will have wide-reaching implications on other online free speech cases, including that of Justin Carter, a teen indicted for posting “terroristic threats” on an online video… Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Case Involving Free Speech Online

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Case Involving Free Speech Online In a recent USA Today article published on December 1st, Supreme Court correspondent Richard Wolf weighs in on a pending decision regarding free speech and threats made online. Attorney Don Flanary represents 19-year old Justin Carter, who was jailed last year for comments and alleged threats made in an online video game. The young adult’s words led to his arrest and indictment on third degree felony… Read More

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Throws Out Improper Photography Law

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Throws Out Improper Photography Law Ronald Thompson was arrested in September of 2011 for “improper photography.” He was later indicted on 26 counts of improper photography for allegedly taking pictures of children at SeaWorld San Antonio. Don Flanary, a known First Amendment warrior and experienced trial attorney, brought the case to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In an 8 to 1 Decision on September 17, 2014, the  Court struck… Read More