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David E. Moore

David E. Moore

Longview, Texas

Of Note:

David E. Moore has also appeared on criminal cases in the State and/or Federal Courts of Louisiana, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas and New Mexico.

Representative Case Summaries:

State of Texas vs. James York Brown    Police sergeant James Brown was indicted for capital murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.   The alleged criminal acts were supposedly committed in connection to a satanic cult which practiced ritualistic murders and cannibalism.  The State, represented by a special prosecutor and two "satanic cult experts" sought the death penalty against Sgt. Brown.  The case was dismissed prior to trial.  The case was also featured as a two-hour special on Dateline NBC, MSNBC Cover to Cover as well as other national television programs.

United States of America vs. Reginald Rausse      Mr. Rausse was traveling through East Texas by Amtrak train when he was detained by task force officers working a narcotics interdiction on the train.   A subsequent consensual pat-down resulted in the discovery of more than a pound of cocaine concealed on his body.    After a lengthy suppression hearing in Federal Court, the Judge issued a 52-page order suppressing the evidence.   The Government was then forced to dismiss Mr. Rausse's charges.

United States of America vs. Larry Underwood      Mr. Underwood was stopped on US Hwy 59 in Panola County, Texas northbound from Houston, Texas by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.   Mr. Underwood consented to a search of his trunk.    After one hour of searching the vehicle, the DPS trooper discovered 20 kilograms of cocaine in a hidden compartment in the car's bumper.    Mr. Underwood was arrested and his vehicle seized.    The Court held a hearing on a motion to suppress filed by David E. Moore.   At the conclusion of the evidence, the Court found that Mr. Underwood had been illegally detained, invalidating his "consent".   The Government, with their evidence suppressed, dismissed the charges against Mr. Underwood and returned his vehicle.

State of Texas vs. Heraclio Vasquez      Mr. Vasquez, an illegal immigrant, was detained on a Greyhound bus in Cass County, Texas by a narcotics task force officer.   Mr. Vasquez spoke no English and the female narcotics officer did not speak Spanish.   The officer ultimately searched Mr. Vasquez and his luggage.    She located a pound of cocaine.    After a suppression hearing, the District Court found that due to the language barrier, the "consent" to search would not have been voluntary and suppressed the evidence.    The charges against Mr. Vasquez were dismissed.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 1984
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    • B.A. - 1983

Representative Cases

  • State of Texas vs. James York Brown
  • United States of America vs. Reginald Rausse
  • United States of America vs. Larry Underwood
  • State of Texas vs. Heraclio Vasquez


  • Course Director - Criminal Defense Advocacy Training, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Former Chief Prosecutor, 188th Judicial District Court
  • Narcotics Prosecutor of the Year, North Texas Region, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Board Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers