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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

Ex-cleric Gets Probation in Bribery Case

Ex-cleric Gets Probation in Bribery Case Attorney Don Flanary of Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley appeared alongside his client, Anthony M. “Tony” Mayhan on Friday, August 8th in Federal Court. Mayhan received five years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service (U.S. v. Anthony Mayhan; Cause No. 5:12-CR-1084-FB). In October, Mayhan pleaded guilty to a bribery charge while working for the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD).… Read More

Attorney Don Flanary Secures Acquittal in Intoxication Manslaughter Case

Attorney Don Flanary Secures Acquittal in Intoxication Manslaughter Case As reported by San Antonio Express-News, Attorney Don Flanary secured an acquittal on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the case of: State of Texas v. Eugene Malloy (Cause No. 2009-CR-4541) in the 379th Judicial District Court of Bexar County Texas. Jurors acquitted Eugene Malloy of intoxication manslaughter in the death of a 10-year-old boy more than five years ago. The not-guilty verdict was reached after… Read More

Donald Flanary said Facebook Does Not Have Conversation with Threat from Texas Teen

Donald Flanary said Facebook Does Not Have Conversation with Threat from Texas Teen As reported by Business Insider on February 14th, 2014, a New Braunfels teen was arrested and jailed for a threatening Facebook comment although the police did not see the complete conversation. Justin Carter, 19, posted a comment saying he would shoot up an elementary school, and another saying he would eat the children's beating hearts. His attorney Donald Flanary said the cops only saw a screenshot… Read More

Don Flanary's Teenage Client Faces Decade in Prison for Social Media Comment

As reported by The Washington Post on February 13th, 2014, Attorney Don Flanary's teenage client faces a decade in prison for comments he made on Facebook, suggesting he would shoot children at an unnamed elementary school. Justin Carter, of New Braunsfel, was arrested one year ago, jailed and charged with a terroristic threat after the Austin Police Department received an anonymous tip from a person… Read More

Attorney Donald Flanary Said Arresting Teenage Client for Facebook Threat "Bonkers"

Attorney Donald Flanary Said Arresting Teenage Client for Facebook Threat As reported by the Houston Press on February 12th, 2014, attorney Donald Flanary said charging his teenage client with a third-degree terroristic threat for a Facebook comment is absurd considering the prosecution does not have the conversation thread. Justin Carter, of New Braunfels, posted a comment saying he would shoot up an elementary school, and another saying he would eat the children's beating… Read More