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On Hiatus

This is just to let everyone know I won’t be posting anything here for a month or so. I’ll be doing final preparations for If a Butterfly until sometime in September. Michael Standard Disclaimer: Please post a comment below if you would like to. All comments are personally moderated by a grouchy old guy, though, …

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Detecting Lies Scientifically

Early in Aggravated there is a scene where a sheriff’s deputy interrogates Steve, and tells him he knows Steve is lying because he had been tracking Steve’s eye movements. Steve has a glass right eye, so he took off his glasses, tapped the right eyeball with his fingernail, generating a clacking sound, and said, “Which …

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Innocence Isn’t Enough to Release Someone From Prison

In my previous post, It’s Even Harder for Innocent Defendants Now, I pointed to an article from a Houston defense attorney about how difficult the situation has become for innocent individuals who have been accused of sex crimes, especially those against children, now that Texas has adopted two Federal rules of evidence (413 and 414). …

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It’s Even Harder for Innocent Defendants Now

My brother, Steve, was convicted in 2006. Part of my argument in the book has been that prejudice against people accused of sex crimes, especially against children, runs so high that it’s difficult for the innocent defendant to receive a fair trial in Texas. Here’s an interesting blog post from John Floyd, a Houston attorney, …

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Research and Investigation – Part 5

My Investigation Begins While I was researching Steve’s trial, I was, of course, doing regular “real life” things (helping my wife care for her elderly parents, working at Rice University until late-2009 and then retiring, writing novels, etc.), but Steve’s situation, was always in the back of my mind. I felt like there should be …

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Research and Investigation – Part 2

Piles of Paper During our early discussions (circa 2007-2008) Steve had given me a basic idea of what his accuser, Hanna Penderfield, claimed, but I found it impossible to believe. She said there had been 80 to 90 incidents of sexual assault, sometimes occurring in front of Steve’s wife and children, and sometimes in public …

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