Texas Tech University

Lawyer's One-Year Banishment Leads to Showdown

The Texas Tribune

March 30, 2015

The Texas Tribune - A Texas Tech law professors weighs in on whether the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has the authority to ban an attorney from their court for a year, citing missed filing deadlines.

The jurisdictional lines between the two high courts in Texas has lawyers across the state, like Patrick S. Metze, professor of law at Texas Tech University School of Law, straining to recall another time where the Texas Supreme Court may have to take action on a Court of Criminal Appeals ruling.

"Nothing comes to my mind," Metze said. "But this has to do with the discipline of lawyers and the Supreme Court that ultimately disciplines lawyers.

Metze also discussed Dow's history with the court, and other experts weighed in.