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The Eagle by Tommy Witherspoon 7/1/2019

The law license of the firebrand Houston attorney who won a mistrial in the only Twin Peaks shootout case to go to trial has been suspended by the State Bar of Texas.

Casie Gotro will be unable to practice law for three years and must pay $59,000 in restitution to clients she failed to serve, the State Bar announced Monday.

The decision comes a year after Gotro and Dallas attorney Clint Broden won the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Percy Foreman Lawyers of the Year award for their representation of bikers in the deadly 2015 showdown at the former Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Gotro represented Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas Bandidos chapter, in a 2017 trial, but the sanctions do not appear to be related to that case. Gotro did not respond to a message left through Thomas Lane, her co-counsel in Carrizal's case, and previous phone number listed in Gotro's name was out of service on Monday.

During the Carrizal proceedings, Gotro and former McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna's office constantly butted heads over defense access to evidence in the case. Gotro succeeded in getting 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother recused from Carrizal's case based on the question of the judge's ability to be fair in the case.

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Veteran trial attorney who handled Temple case given 3-year suspension

Houston Chronicle by  Keri Blakinger July 4, 2019

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Veteran-trial-attorney-who-handled-Temple-case-14072514.php

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A dynamic Houston trial attorney widely respected for her work freeing a Katy football coach from prison can’t practice law for the next three years after the State Bar of Texas suspended her license following a trio of grievances.

Gotro made a name for herself as an intense lawyer with a cynical wit and a willingness to put in long hours. In 2017, she won a mistrial for the only man tried after the Twin Peaks sports bar shootout in Waco that left nine people dead and netted more than 170 arrests. The gunbattle stemmed from a melee involving two feuding biker clubs and responding police — and it’s still not clear who fired the fatal shots.

She also helped free football coach David Temple, after a Texas appeals court decided prosecutors had failed to turn over key evidence in a timely manner. The Katy man spent nearly a decade in prison after he was convicted of killing his pregnant wife. He was released in 2016 and this month is scheduled for retrial.

The following year, Gotro and co-counsel Clint Broden were honored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as lawyers of the year.

“She worked a case harder than anybody,” said Houston attorney Mark Bennett. “She would go to the office and it would be like the conspiracy theory scenes in the movies where the person has the pictures and notes connected with red strings — and it was really like that. That’s how she prepared a case. And she would find things that nobody else found.”

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that's too bad.  She did good work in Waco.
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that's too bad.  She did good work in Waco.

I think that's why she had to be taught a lesson.
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