A review of the past two years’ cases involving confessions, searches, and seizures reveals important developments made by the United States Supreme Court. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also decided a number of cases in these areas, which largely served to clarify existing law. This article reviews the most significant cases decided during the two-year survey period regarding (1) confessions and (2) searches and seizures. Each part identifies the areas of confession and search-and-seizure law that the recently decided cases implicate, discusses the courts’ opinions in those cases, and analyzes the cases’ significance to the law of Texas and the United States.
Honorable Michael E. Keasler, et al., Criminal Procedure: Confessions, Searches, and Seizures, 1 SMU Ann. Tex. Surv. (2014)