Attorney Cynthia Orr Said Texas Legislature Made Mistake Changing Definition of a Word

San Antonio attorney Cynthia Orr, president of the Texas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said the Texas Legislature may have created a new category of crime when it changed the definition of the word “individual.”

As reported by Texas Lawyer, the word “individual” now can include unborn persons from the time of “fertilization until birth.” Orr said the Legislature created issues in manslaughter, homicide, assault and intoxication assault cases.

Read Cynthia Orr’s full column in the December 2003 Texas Lawyer issue.

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