Clifford P. W. Duke

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Clifford Duke is an Assistant Public Defender in Dallas County. He has worked for the Public Defenders Office for the last ten years after a short miserable stint practicing worker’s compensation and personal injury law. He is a graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Cliff and his wife are both transplants to Texas from the Northwest. He can be reached at

Stories from Clifford P. W. Duke

Protecting Your Flank What is a record and how to make sure your argument is preserved for appeal.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Nobody wants a one-word verdict at trial. But as bad as a “guilty” at trial is the one-word verdict on your brilliant appellate argument: waiver. If it’s not preserved, it’s not going to win the day for your client.

Texas Sentencing in Non-Capital Cases
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Regardless of the plea and whether the punishment be assessed by the judge or the jury, evidence may be offered by the state and the defendant as to any matter the court deems relevant to sentencing . . .

Tex Code Crim Proc. 37.07, § 3(a)(1).