Rape Victim Files Lawsuit After Being Jailed in Texas

The tactics of prosecutors in Texas often make headlines for the wrong kinds of reasons but an incident in which a rape victim was jailed in Houston is shocking even by the standards of the Lone Star State. In Harris County, a prosecutor jailed a rape victim because he feared she would not show up to testify against her attacker. …

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Texas Beauty Queen Loses Her Crown After Her Criminal Record is Revealed

Having a criminal record can severely impact your life by barring you from jobs and accolades, even years after a conviction. This was graphically illustrated when a beauty queen in Texas was stripped of her crown after her criminal record came to light. KHOU reported on how Miss Corpus Christi Latina Caitlin Cifuentes, will have to return her crown because of …

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Supreme Court Backs Laws That Make DWI Breath Test Refusal a Crime

  Controversial laws in states such as Texas that make it a crime for a drunk driving suspect to refuse a breath test have been backed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest court in the land has provided greater clarity on what constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure of a suspected drunk driver in a case that tested the “implied …

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5 Things That Aren’t a Crime in the U.S.

Is It Legal? 5 Things That Aren’t a Crime in the U.S.

Most people have an intuitive sense of what constitutes a crime. For example, you probably know that taking something from a store without paying for it is a shoplifting offense. And while you may not go to jail for running a red light, you may end up with a traffic citation if a police officer sees you do it. Our …

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Texas Has Paid Out $93 Million over 25 Years for Wrongful Convictions

Texas has an unenviable record for wrongful convictions. When a defendant is wrongfully jailed he or she is not the only one to lose out. A report this month reveals the state has paid 101 men and women who were wrongfully jailed $93.6 million over the last 25 years. That’s money that could have been spent on services to the …

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Texas Students Accused of Writing Racist Graffiti Face Hate Crime Charges

  We often think of hate crimes as offenses of extreme violence, such as the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston last year. But they may not necessarily be crimes of violence. Recently, the International Business Times reported how a senior prank that involved the painting of the words “whites only” on public school facilities in Texas could …

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Legislators Push to Abolish Texas Program for Driving Offender Surcharges

If you are convicted of a DWI in Texas you will face a massive financial headache. Recently TxDOT said on a billboard you will likely end up paying as much as $17,000 for the offense. Some of the costs you will face are controversial, in particular the program that requires drivers who have been convicted of certain traffic offenses to pay annual …

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Two Drug Offenders in Texas Have Their Sentences Commuted by the President

Society takes a dim view of drug offenders but sentences of life in prison seem unduly Draconian when their offenses didn’t involve violence. This certainly appears to be the view of President Barack Obama whose office has commuted the sentences of two drug offenders from Texas. The offenders whose sentences have been commuted are Douglas Ray Dunkins Jr., 50 and …

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Duane Buck Case Raises Allegations of Racism in the Texas Judicial System

Allegations of racism in the criminal justice system are nothing new but a high profile case in Texas has led to soul searching at a national level over allegations that a man was sentenced to death because he is black. In April, the U.S. Supreme Court conferenced a decision on whether it will again address the case of Duane Buck, …

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Offenses Using Imitation Weapons Increase in Texas

Texas is seeing a spike in crimes committed with imitation weapons, partly because offenders believe they will receive a lesser sentence if they are caught. It’s a perception that’s false in Texas. If the victim of a crime believes the weapon that’s pointed at them is real it’s sufficient to warrant a first-degree felony charge in the Lone Star state. …

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