Sodomy Law is Still in Place In Texas a Decade After Supreme Court Ruling

 

MAP OF U.S. SODOMY LAWS REPEALED OR STRUCK DOWN


Texas is among a dozen states that still have anti-sodomy laws on their books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional in a case involving the Lone Star State.
Associated Press reported gay right groups in Louisiana are claiming police have used anti-sodomy laws to victimize gay men. However, lawmakers in the southern state sided with religious and conservative groups in refusing to [...]

The Activities of Mexican Drug Cartels are Extending Deep into The United States say Sheriffs

 


More Mexican gang and drug related activities are taking place in the United States and Texas is in the front line according to a recent conference.
In a Washington Times report a North Carolina sheriff said a Mexican drug cartel set up a drug warehouse about a mile from his home.
“These men are coming into our county with more firepower than I have,” Sheriff Page said. “I’m literally outgunned.”
Sheriff Page said Rockingham County has jailed [...]

Serial Killer Tommy Lynn Sells is Executed in Texas Despite Death Drug Concerns

 

Lethal Injection
 
Convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells has been executed in Texas despite his claims the drug that would be used to kill him could deliver an unconstitutionally painful death.
Sells was sent to prison in 1999. ABC news reported he claimed responsibility for dozens of murders across the country. He was executed in Texas on April 3.
The 49-year-old was convicted of killing 13-year-old Katy Harris as she slept at her Del Rio, Texas, home. Although [...]

Canadian is Sentenced to 192 Months in Federal Prison in Texas for Telemarketing Fraud

 


A Canadian citizen has been sentenced to a federal prison in Laredo, Texas after being convicted of conspiracy to commit telemarketing fraud.
Ragavan Thamby, 53, was sentenced to federal prison following his conviction of one count of conspiracy to commit a $3 million telemarketing fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced, along with Acting Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI. Thamby pleaded guilty to the offense on August 15, 2012.
U.S. District [...]

New Study Suggests a Link Between Walmart Stores and Increased Crime Rates

 


 
Low cost stores in a neighborhood invariably lead to higher crime rates, a recent study in The British Journal of Criminology, suggests.
The Huffington Post reported on how lead author Scott Wolfe, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, looked at counties in the US where Walmart expanded compared to counties where the megastore did not expand its presence.
“The crime decline was stunted in counties where Walmart expanded in [...]

Woman Protests Her Innocence After Arrest in Dallas for Child Abandonment

 

Child abandonment is an emotive crime but it can also be a difficult offense to prove.
A case in point is the recent arrest of two mothers who were accused of leaving their young children in a hotel room while they went out drinking in bars in Northeast Dallas.
The Dallas Morning News reported police arrested two mothers on Tuesday after they allegedly left their young children in a hotel room while they went out drinking.
The police report said officers discovered a [...]

Federal Prosecutors Move to Dismiss Key Charges Against Dallas man Accused of Data Trafficking

 

 

An activist-journalist from Dallas has been facing more than 100 years in prison over allegations he posted a hyperlink to hacked material.
However, the U.S. attorney’s office has now filed a motion to dismiss the bulk of its criminal case against Barrett Brown who has claimed to be the spokesman for the hacking group Anonymous.
The case illustrates the fine line cases like this tread between the right to free speech and Draconian penalties.
The Dallas Morning [...]

Man Dies in Police Custody After Wrestling Naked with Officers in Dallas

 

 

 
Deaths of suspects in police custody are always a matter of grave concern.  In a bizarre incident in South Dallas, a man has died after wrestling naked with police.  Police used a Taser on him during the arrest.
The death occurred on March 1 on the 3600 block of Colonial Avenue in South Dallas.  Officers arrived in a bar in the early hours of the morning following reports of a man who [...]

Cross-Border Gang Leader is Convicted of Killing U.S. Consulate Workers by Texas Court

 

Gang crimes are among the most complex offenses investigators and prosecutors deal with in Texas because they can involve a raft of offenses ranging from money laundering, drug offenses and murder. They can also cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
The complicated and far reaching nature of these crimes were illustrated this month when the leader of the cross-border Barrio Azteca gang was found guilty of numerous offenses including the assassination of two [...]

Hit and Run Penalties Are Tightened Up in Texas

 


The recent arrest of a 19-year-old in relation to an alleged hit-and-run accident that resulted in a death, highlights one of a number of amendments brought in last year that tighten up the criminal law relating to driving offenses in Texas.
The Dallas Morning News reported on how Lancaster police arrested Santos Quezada, 19, and charged him with an accident causing personal injury or death, a second-degree felony. He was reported to be [...]