November 17, 2008, 11:33Richard Alpert
2009 Intoxication Manslaughter Book Update
I am in the process of updating this book for a projected January 2009 publication date. I would appreciate any input on topics or documents that the old edition lacked that I might add to the new one. Thanks
November 17, 2008, 16:19J Ansolabehere
How about adding a section directed solely to peace officers about court demeanor and testifying. I am continously amazed at the number of our Troopers who have never testified in a DWI criminal trial!
November 18, 2008, 06:02Forensicscientist
Fondren Forensics Inc., offers this very class to officers. In fact, it was just held last month in Grapevine and Mr. Alpert was one of the speakers, along with representatives of Denton, Colin, and Dallas Counties.
It can be offered anywhere within the State. If you want to be notified next time its offered, or if you would like it taught at your department, that can be arranged too.
November 22, 2008, 11:55John Greenwood
I think a few pages developing the use of EMS records and ambulance personnel testimony would be helpful. These witnesses are very credible and often "wheel" the driver, observe signs of intoxication, and admissions of the offense. EMS reports can be admissible and are generally more readable and less technical than other medical evidence, but need some testimony to develop the significance.