Attorney Back On Murder Trial

The Sun – July 3, 2011

Capital murder defendants Charles and Jennifer Bowen got back their defense attorney last month after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in June that the lawyer did not have a conflict of interest.
District Court Judge Burt Carnes disqualified attorney Bob Phillips in May of last year after a protest by Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley. T…

18-Year-Old Case Reaps Delayed Gratitude

The fastest jury verdict in the history of Robert M. Phillips & Associates (15 minutes), in a DWI case in 1993, has resulted in not only delayed gratitude, but accolades for the law firm from a prominent Waco, Texas law firm, Sheehy, Lovelace & Mayfield.

Michael J. Gulig, who sat on the jury acquitting Phillips’ DWI client back in 1993, was so impressed by the defense lawyer’s…

Jury Acquits 3 of 4 Abortion Protestors

Austin American-Statesman – Friday, April 14, 1989

A jury deliberated nearly 6.5  hours Thursday before acquitting three of four men charged with misdemeanor trespassing for blocking an entrance to an Austin clinic during an abortion protest in December.

A sentencing hearing will be this morning for the man found guilty David Sweet, 27, Minister of Missions at Crestview Baptist Church. …

Elementary School Teacher Accused of Improper Conduct Received Probation

February 5, 2008 – Austin Chronicle

A former Round Rock elementary school teacher, Kumi Houston, was placed on “shock probation” today, after serving 100 days in prison, pursuant to a plea agreement between her lawyer, Robert M. Phillips of Georgetown, and the Williamson County District Attorney’s office.  In a case that generated a great deal of media publicity, both on local television and…

Single Mother of Boy Who Ingested LSD-Laced Candy Regains Full Legal Custody of the Child

January 23, 2008 – Austin American Statesman

On Tuesday, January 22, 2008, Judge Mike Jergins of the 395th Judicial District Court in Williamson County, signed an agreed Order of Dismissal, whereby the State of Texas and Child Protective Services agreed to return full custody of Aidan Freas, 4 years old, to his mother, Ashli Freas, 23.  Two summers ago, Aidan ingested several Sweet Tart…

Probation Sentence Given by Jury on Aggravated Robbery Case

Thursday, April 23, 2007 – Austin Chronicle

A Williamson County jury today sentenced eighteen-year-old Thomas Little to ten years probation for his role in an aggravated robbery of a What-a-Burger, which occurred on August 5, 2005.  After deliberating for less than four hours, the jury unanimously agreed to the probationary sentence, despite the fact that the Williamson County District…

Grand Jury No-Bills Ron Wood

Williamson County Sun, May 1, 1988

Insufficient Evidence to Prosecute Commissioner Ron Wood

According to informed sources at the Courthouse in Williamson County, Texas, a grand jury this week returned two no-bills against Precinct 1 Commissioner Ron Wood. A no-bill means that the grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution of Wood.

What Provoked t…

Gattis Files DWI Bill

Williamson County Sun – February 25, 2007

It’s not every day, every year – or even every decade – that a jury acquits a criminal defendant in the 368th Judicial District Court in Williamson County, Texas.

It happened this month, however, and District Attorney John Bradley said he isn’t at all surprised that 12 jurors found Carlton Manson Mathis, 41, not guilty of felony drunk…

Georgetown Attorney Makes a First in the County

Williamson County Sun – January 21, 1990

Bob Phillips gains board certification

Georgetown lawyer, Bob Phillips, has been board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, thus becoming the first criminal defense lawyer in Williamson County history to earn the status.

Phillips, a name partner in the Georgetown firm of Morse, Grimes & Phillips, was elated at…

Williamson County Deputy’s Past Hinders a Felony Prosecution

Austin American-Statesman, Wednesday, September 28, 2005
The DWI Conviction of Richard Cline Raises Questions About the Hiring Practices in Williamson County

Williamson County, Texas, Deputy, Richard “Monty” Cline, was prepared to testify against 37 year-old Anna Berry at a felony drunken driving trial when Berry’s lawyer discovered that Cline had something in common with his client: at least…

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