Saturday, October 18, 2008

Full Text of Vasilas Opinions - Oct 2008 Memorandum Opinion by Judge Sandoval and March 2006 Opinion of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

For those interested in reading the details in the Vasilas case, including the memorandum opinion just released by Judge Sandoval this month (finding Jim Vasilas "not guilty"), here they are (click on each link):

October 6, 2008, Memorandum Opinion of Judge Charles Sandoval, Cause No. 380-82535-03 in the 380th Judicial District Court of Collin County, styled State of Texas v. James Vasilas; and

March 22, 2006 Opinion (unanimous) of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Cause No. PD-0351-05 and styled State of Texas, Appellant, v. James Vasilas, Appellee on petition for discretionary review from the Fifth Court of Appeals of Collin County

In case you'd like to read the underlying section of the Texas Penal Code, check it out here:

Texas Penal Code 37.10(a)(5)
Texas Penal Code 37.01 (Definitions)

Note the text of the following Penal Code definitions:

(1) "Court record" means a decree, judgment, order, subpoena, warrant, minutes, or other document issued by a court of:
(A) this state;
(B) another state;
(C) the United States;
(D) a foreign country recognized by an act of congress or a treaty or other international convention to which the United States is a party;
(F) any other jurisdiction, territory, or protectorate entitled to full faith and credit in this state under the United States Constitution.

(2) "Governmental record" means:
(A) anything belonging to, received by, or kept by government for information, including a court record;
(B) anything required by law to be kept by others for information of government; ....

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