Texas Man is First to be Cleared of Rape Through a DNA Test He Did Not Request

 


The Texas criminal justice system makes many firsts and few of them are for enviable reasons.
Last week a 57-year-old Texas man who spent 12 years in prison for rape, was exonerated in a case that legal experts said marked the first time in which someone has been cleared of a crime by DNA testing that was not requested by the convicted person.
The National Registry of Exonerations said while hundreds of people have been exonerated through [...]

“Our Man Downtown” and his Associates Accused of Multiple Crimes

 


On July 25, 2014 court documents were unsealed accusing longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and three co-defendants; his longtime assistant Dapheny Fain, two political consultants Kathy Nealy and Christian Campbell of a variety of crimes that abused the publics’ trust.
Last Friday ‘Our Man Downtown’ and his three co-defendants were brought before Judge Stickney of the Northern District of Texas; under a 13-count indictment all of who vehemently pled not guilty before the [...]

Murder for Hire Charge is Dismissed Against Texas Man

 

Photo Credit to Arthur Forzus
Murder for hire cases can be difficult to prosecute as demonstrated by a recent case in Texas in which the Collin County District Attorney’s Office dismissed a felony charge against man from Garland who was  accused last year in a murder for hire plot in Allen.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Robert Wayne Bass, 46, was indicted on a charge of solicitation to commit capital murder. He was [...]

Texas Man is Accused of Killing Six Family Members in Houston

 


Texas hit the headlines last week for one of the worst crimes seen in the Lone Star State for some time.
A 33-year-old man stands accused of killing six members of his former wife’s family, including four children in a home in suburban Houston.
Reuters reported on an appearance in court by 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell on Friday after being charged on the previous day with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his former wife’s [...]

Supreme Court Places Limits on Police Powers to Search Smart Phones

 


 
Just as cell phones and smart phones have become a way of life in recent years, it has become routine for police to seek to recover information from the devices as part of their investigations.
However, a recent U.S. Supreme Court has drawn a line in the sand on use of information from these devices by ruling that police and investigators generally may not search the cellphones of people who they have arrested without first [...]

Dallas Police Say Prisoner Admits to 2005 Rape of Two Women

 


 
DNA technology allows investigators to match up evidence of old crimes as well as contemporary ones.
Recently the Dallas Morning News reported on how investigators say a state prisoner has admitted to raping two women at gunpoint during a robbery in 2005.
The prisoner in question is William Thomas Beane, a 36-year-old who is currently in the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo. He is serving a 65-year sentence after being convicted of breaking into a woman’s [...]

Attack on Gay Man in Texas was Prosecuted as a Federal Hate Crime

 


When a crime is judged to be motivated by factors such as race or sexual orientation, it may be dealt with by federal prosecutors as a hate crime.
Under federal law the hate crime legislation may be used in offenses linked to actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
If a defendant is found to have committed a hate crime he or [...]

Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent Asks to Spend Rest of his Intoxication Manslaughter Sentence in Rehab

 


Drug and alcohol problems are widespread among professional football players who face huge pressures on an almost daily basis.
An example is former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent who last week asked a Dallas County judge to let him serve the rest of a jail sentence in a treatment facility.
The former defensive tackle was convicted earlier this year of intoxication manslaughter for a crash that killed his teammate and friend Jerry Brown Jr.
Brent, 25, was accused [...]

Are Dallas Police Misusing the City’s Bike Helmet Law to Profile Suspects?

 

It may sound like an uncontroversial measure but enforcement of Dallas’ bike helmet law has become a contentious issue following evidence that police are unevenly enforcing the ordinance.
An article in the Dallas Morning News stated the bike helmet ordinance is not being enforced at White Rock Lake, in Lakewood, along the Katy Trail and along popular biking routes.
But one police officer has been on a mission to enforce it downtown, according to the report.
“And [...]

America’s Mass Killers Have Little Criminal History but Share Characteristics

 


Elliot Rodger’s name is the latest to enter the infamous roll of America’s mass shooters.
Rodger, 22, was responsible for a killing spree at the University of California in Santa Barbara on May 23, 2014 that left seven dead including the shooter himself. A further 13 people were injured, some of them seriously.
He is the latest disturbed young man to go on a rampage with a gun after Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes and [...]