Austin Justice

A criminal justice blog by Attorney Kiele Linroth Pace

Truth really can be stranger than fiction.

There are many beautiful, ugly, fascinating, and maddening things about my work. I’m a criminal defense attorney and my specialty is assaultive offenses with allegations of family violence. It revolves around the human condition. It’s definitely not boring. When I encounter something ugly, such as a lying cop, I try to take it in stride, take care of business, and move on to the next important thing. But every now and then something strikes […]

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Remembering 9/11

‎9/11 was a double tragedy. Beyond the obvious tragedy of lost lives, it was the beginning of a steady erosion of our system of constitutional rights. Benjamin Franklin said that he who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither. Growing up, I could never have imagined that the people of our nation would one day tolerate being groped as a “security” measure to ride an airplane. Nor would I have believed […]

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Contempt of Cop

The Statesman is reporting today that three UT football players were arrested on Sixth Street for “failure to obey a lawful order.” If you’re thinking that sounds like a military crime or something out of an Orwellian dystopia, think again.  Although there is no such crime in the Texas Penal Code, there actually is a City of Austin Ordinance that states that a person commits a criminal offense if he […]

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Police Notebook: Roddy Adcock (RRPD).

Officer:  Roddy Adcock. Agency:  Round Rock Police Department. Alleged Misconduct:  Threatened to kill his wife and destroyed some of her belongings. She obtained a protective order against him and he was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. Disciplinary Action:  Relieved of his duty with pay while an investigation is pending; may face additional charges. Source:  This Statesman article..

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