There is an interesting guest post on the Texas Appellate Law Blog about a case out of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

In Vasilas v. State, decided May 7th, the CCA held that a person could be criminally prosecuted for a false statement made in a civil filing regardless of how that same conduct would be treated under Rule 13 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court’s conclusion was that statutes always trump rules and, accordingly, there was no need to consider Rule 13.

I’ve already posted a comment about the case on the Texas Appellate Law Blog’s comment stream. Whatever one might think of the wisdom of its ultimate holding, the CCA’s opinion doesn’t mention or analyze the statute through which the Legislature vested rule-making power in the Supreme Court of Texas, which does set out a framework to analyze when the rules trump conflicting statutes.