Wrongly Convicted Man Who Spent 12 Years on Death Row in Texas is Appointed to Crime Lab Post

When people spend years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, it can break them. Even if they are exonerated, the loss of so many years can be hard to bear. But some former inmates who are exonerated go on to live meaningful lives and work to change the flawed system. One former death row inmate in Texas has been given …

Sarah KleinWrongly Convicted Man Who Spent 12 Years on Death Row in Texas is Appointed to Crime Lab Post
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Charleston Killings Are Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

The killing of nine worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has focused national attention on hate crimes. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white man who is accused of the killings was reported to have used racist abuse against the black worshippers. The Justice Department said an ongoing federal inquiry into the Charleston, S.C., shooting will consider possible hate crime violations and …

Sarah KleinCharleston Killings Are Being Investigated as a Hate Crime
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Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Improve Access to Online Legal Support With Website Redesign

The Texas based leading criminal defense law firm Broden Mickelsen Helms & Snipes has launched a redesigned website to provide more effective online support for those seeking criminal defense help. The Dallas criminal defense attorneys of Broden Mickelsen Helms & Snipes are announcing the launch of the firm’s redesigned website, which has been enhanced to provide a better experience for …

Qamar ZamanDallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Improve Access to Online Legal Support With Website Redesign

Five of the Most High Profile Jail Breaks in US History

Recent headlines have been dominated by the escape of convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat from an upstate New York prison. Matt and Sweat’s escape was discovered during an early morning bed check at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. In order to make their escape, they slipped through holes and used power tools to cut into a steel plate …

Sarah KleinFive of the Most High Profile Jail Breaks in US History
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TWO FORT WORTH POLICE OFFICERS INVESTIGATED AFTER SLOW-SPEED CAR CHASE ARREST

A recent incident in which a man was arrested by Fort Worth police on drug charges after a slow-speed car chase, led to disciplinary action against two police officers. The Dallas Morning News reported how Joe Gonzales, 42, led police on a slow-speed chase that lasted almost two hours through Tarrant County, until a SWAT vehicle rammed his car in …

Qamar ZamanTWO FORT WORTH POLICE OFFICERS INVESTIGATED AFTER SLOW-SPEED CAR CHASE ARREST
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Executions Continue to Decline in Texas

Texas has a longstanding reputation for being tough on crime and leading the nation in the number of death row inmates who are executed ever year. Although the Lone Star state’s uncompromising attitude has changed little in the past decade, there has been a noticeable decline in executions in recent years. Writing in the Dallas Morning News, Steve Blow recently …

Sarah KleinExecutions Continue to Decline in Texas
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Senate Backs “Second Chance” Bill for Some One Time Offenders

If you commit a one-off crime but then stay out of trouble, you can still be dogged by your criminal record which can make it harder for you to get a job and get back on your feet again. That could change for some one-time offenders who stay out of further trouble if a bill becomes a law in Texas …

Sarah KleinSenate Backs “Second Chance” Bill for Some One Time Offenders
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Bill Would Include Transgender People in Hate Crimes List

Hate crimes in Texas are defined under the Texas Hate Crimes Act, as offenses that are motivated by prejudice, hatred, or advocacy of violence against victims due to a number of factors including the victim’s race, religion or sexual orientation. Now a group of House members have considered legislation that would widen these crimes to include transgender people, reports the …

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Former Grapevine Police Officer is Charged With Evidence Tampering

The behavior of police officers has come under scrutiny in recent months in Missouri, New York and Baltimore. While Texas has not seen high profile cases like these places, there is no shortage of scandals involving police in the Lone Star State. Recently, the Star-Telegram reported on how a former Grapevine police officer who admitted to taking and ingesting K-9 …

Sarah KleinFormer Grapevine Police Officer is Charged With Evidence Tampering