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Playpen Child Pornography Cases Present New Legal Challenges

An FBI sting of the prolific child pornography website Playpen, hosted on the “dark web” service Tor, has resulted in fascinating legal questions that, unfortunately, have mostly been decided in favor of the government. These legal decisions will help shape the future of AlphaBay court cases and possibly the DreamHost subpoena request—two recent, bold moves by the Department of Justice to tackle suspected… Read More

Don Flanary Presenting at TCDLA 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Seminar

Don Flanary Presenting at TCDLA 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Seminar Attorney Don Flanary will be presenting an educational course entitled "Warrantless Data Searches" at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's 30th Annual Rusty Duncan seminar on Friday, June 23rd at 2:15pm. TCDLA holds the annual seminar in San Antonio as an educational event for criminal defense lawyers. This year's event will be held on June 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency located at: 123 Losoya… Read More

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 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 from Martin Luther King, Jr. as a… 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