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The Media’s Destruction of Innocent until Proven Guilty

December 12th, 2014 by admin in Criminal Defense

The past decade or two have seen a rapid expansion in the amount of news media that people have access to. Although the ratings of the cable news networks continue to decline the sensationalism has risen exponentially. Websites and blogs have proliferated. Social media has allowed people to consume more news faster without any concern […]

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Lessons from the Adrian Peterson Case

November 14th, 2014 by admin in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases, Understanding Texas Law

There are many lessons that non-famous, middle-class Americans can learn from the Adrian Peterson Case. We bring them up because they apply to everyone; and odds are, you will face one or more of them someday. Lesson #1 – You may not know that you are breaking the law. Adrian Peterson struck his son repeatedly […]

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Texas investors fooled by Ponzi scheme

January 11th, 2013 by admin in Criminal Defense

A $195 million Ponzi scheme has affected 724 victims in multiple states, including several Texas investors. At least three of the perpetrators behind the investment scheme have received felony sentences, including an order to pay more than $155 million in restitution. As defined by the FBI, a Ponzi scheme typically promises high financial returns or […]

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Texas man charged with homicide

January 4th, 2013 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A 19-year-old Texas man recently appeared in court for arraignment on capital murder charges. According to local authorities, the victim was shot as he tried to escape armed robbers who wanted the pair of Air Jordan XI “Bred” sneakers — a newly released item that retails for about $185 — that he had purchased earlier […]

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Reforms for elder criminal justice in Texas?

December 28th, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

In keeping with our series discussing criminal justice reforms for certain demographics, today’s post explores the proposal recently advanced by a federal judge concerning criminal sentencing of the elderly. The judge published his views after concurring in the dismissal of a recent criminal appeal filed on behalf of a 46-year-old defendant. A lower court had […]

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Texas offers innovative DWI treatment program

December 21st, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

In recent posts to Texas readers we’ve explored various theories of criminal punishment, including deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation. Today’s story explores the goal of rehabilitation in the context of DWI offenders. Specifically, statistics show that intensive treatment programs for DWI offenders may actually be working. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired driving […]

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Juvenile offenders and brain development

December 15th, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

Texas readers may have conflicting beliefs about the mission of the criminal justice system. Some may believe the primary purpose behind prosecuting and jailing criminals is the protection of society. Others may believe that segregating criminals from society is necessary only for violent crimes, and that imprisonment is an outdated approach to other types of […]

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Texas deputy police chief calls for stronger DWI enforcement

December 7th, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

A deputy police chief in South Texas is asking state lawmakers to consider setting up permanent DWI checkpoints. The San Antonio deputy chief recently appeared before the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The man hopes that legislators will allow officers to stop drivers and perform sobriety tests on a routine basis in areas susceptible to […]

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Exonerated Texas man faces new drug charges

November 30th, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

A57-year-old Texas man who was exonerated in late 2009 for a murder he did not commit is once again back in jail. This time around, he is facing a drug possession charge. The man was convicted in 1997 for a murder that occurred during a home invasion of a Texas drug house. The man served […]

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Texas woman charged with DWI

November 22nd, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

A woman who struck two young Halloween trick-or-treaters crossing a road in their Houston neighborhood has been charged with DWI. After the police arrived at the scene, they conducted a field sobriety test before bringing the woman downtown for further questioning. The children were taken to Texas Children’s Hospital, with reported injuries of a broken […]

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