Is the Texas ct. of criminal appeals state or federal? Who do they consider mandatory authority? SCOTUS only?
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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the equivalent of the Texas Supreme Court for criminal matters. There is no higher criminal court in Texas. They are only bound by SCOTUS on constitutional and federal issues, but since a great deal of their work is constitutional in nature (4th, 5th, 6th Amendments), they probably aren't going to deviate much from SCOTUS.