Teens are Tried for “Satanic” Killing of 15-year-old girl in Houston

  Capital murder is the most serious charge that can be brought in Texas. Generally speaking, the penalty for capital murder is death or life in prison without parole. This month a jury in Houston convicted a teenager of capital murder in the death of a girl who prosecutors say was killed as part of a satanic ritual. Jurors took …

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United Nations Expresses Concern over Grand Jury Acquittals of Police Accused of Killings of African Americans

In 2012, there was an angry demonstration in Dallas, Texas when police shot and killed James Harper. Harper, an African American, was shot dead at drug house in the 5300 block of Bourquin Street while, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, police were responding to a kidnapping call. These kinds of scenes have dominated headlines in recent weeks after …

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A Criminal Attorney’s Perspective on the Eric Williams Trial

An Unusual Capital Murder Trial In North Texas, an unusual capital murder trial has ended its second day of testimony. Eric Williams is charged with murdering the District Attorney of Kaufman County, JR McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in 2013. Most death penalty trials involve a murderer with a lengthy criminal history who goes on …

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Softer Stance on Crime Helped Cut Texas Prison Population

  Texas has a longstanding reputation for being tough on crime and criminals. It executes more convicts than any other state and has a massive prison population. But now the state is making crime headlines for another initiative in which a softer approach brought in seven years ago appears to have reversed the out-of-control growth of the state’s prison population. …

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Sample Letter to Friends and Relatives and Character Letter Outline

How to Write a Character Letter of Support to a Judge Prior to your sentencing, you may have friends and relatives write character letters of support to the judge which the judge will consider in imposing sentencing. Because of the sentencing guidelines, the judge does not have a great deal of discretion as to your sentence, however, at times strong …

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Richardson High School Teacher is Accused of Having an Improper Relationship with a Student

  Sexual offenses can carry a great deal of stigma especially when those who are charged with them are in a position of responsibility such as being a teacher. Recently the Dallas Morning News reported on how an English teacher from Richardson High School English teacher has been arrested and charged with having an “improper relationship” with a student. Police in Richardson …

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The Use of the Death Penalty is Declining in Texas

When Texas executed Miguel Parades by lethal injection last month, it marked the 10th time the death penalty had been used by the state this year. Texas leads the nation in the number of executions but the use of the death penalty is declining in the Lone Star State. The final execution of the year means 2014 will have seen …

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DNA on a Cigarette Butt Leads To Murder Arrest of Man Over Game Room Killing

  DNA plays a major part in many crime investigations and it can be recovered from some of the most unlikely of sources. Recently, the Dallas Morning News reported on how DNA evidence from a cigarette butt found at the scene of a fatal shooting last May has been linked to a man who was jailed in the beating of …

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Dallas Man, 20, is Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter After Passenger Dies in Crash

  Intoxication manslaughter is essentially drunk driving resulting in a death. A 20-year-old driver was charged with the offense on Saturday after he hit a utility pole in Northwest Dallas, killing one of his passengers and injuring another. The Dallas Morning News reported the comments of police who believe Emmanuel Gonzalez, 20, was “driving at a high rate of speed” …

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Former Arlington Attorney is Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

We associate long prison sentences with crimes of violence but white collar crimes committed by people from professional backgrounds can also carry stiff sentences. Recently, a disbarred attorney from Arlington, Texas was sentenced to 20 years in prison for continuing to represent herself as an attorney almost a decade after she lost her license. The Dallas Morning News reported on …

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