This article summarizes and analyzes cases regarding confessions, searches, and seizures decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals during the past year. Subpart II addresses confessions jurisprudence. Because there were no significant changes in this facet of Fifth Amendment law, this article will analyze cases decided by Texas’s courts of appeals that apply established law to novel fact scenarios. Subpart III will examine important developments in search and seizure jurisprudence. The Supreme Court addressed nuances related to the reasonable expectation of privacy. Additionally, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals continued to clarify the law of reasonable suspicion and exceptions to the warrant requirement.
Elizabeth G. Rozacky et al., Criminal Procedure: Confessions, Searches, and Seizures, 5 SMU Ann. Tex. Surv. 115 (2019)