Bell v. State

In Bell v. State, 90 S.W.3d 301 (Tex. Crim. App. 2002) (En Banc) , the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to reach this exact issue in a post-conviction proceeding for DNA testing finding that the petitioner's citation to a general constitutional doctrine was insufficient to perfect the issue. "It is not sufficient that appellant raise only a general constitutional doctrine in support of his request for relief. It is incumbent upon appellant to cite specific legal authority and to provide legal arguments based upon that authority. This is especially important where, as here, the relevant area of law is new or not well defined." Id. at 305 .