A Legal Analysis of the Rick Perry Indictment for Non-Lawyers

 


 
As everyone with a passing interest in politics now knows, a special prosecutor in Texas has charged Governor Rick Perry with two felony charges. Those charges are “abuse of official capacity” and “coercion of a public servant.”  Because those are not everyday criminal charges like burglary or assault, it is worth taking a look at these offenses to understand what the special prosecutor is exactly trying to allege.
First, abuse of official capacity under section [...]

Texas Governor Rick Perry Fights Abuse of Power Indictment

 


Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has become the latest state governor to face criminal charges after an indictment was brought against him alleging an abuse of power.
Perry has dismissed the indictment as a “farce.” He faces two counts of abuse of power and coercion over a funding veto he imposed last year, which was seen as an attempt to force a local prosecutor to resign.
The BBC reported on how a grand jury indicted [...]

Police Use GPS Tracking Devices in Phones to Track Down ATT Robbery Suspects in Dallas

 


GPS tracking devices were used in stolen phones to track down two robbery suspects in Dallas, according to media reports.
The Dallas Morning News reported a robbery at an AT&T store in the 8500 block of Abrams Road, when police are said to have tracked the suspects and apprehended a car. The suspects were accused of robbing the business at gun point.
During the chase, the two suspects were said to have thrown several of the [...]

Texas Man Receives Five Years’ Probation in Revenge Porn Case

 


So-called revenge porn has been making headlines in Texas in recent months. The Huffington Post reported on how a Houston woman who claimed she’s the victim of “revenge porn” is suing the social media site Facebook and a former friend for $123 million.
Meryam Ali claimed Adeel Shah Khan set up a fake Facebook page in her name that contained doctored photographs that put her face on ”false, phony, naked body shots,” according to a report in [...]

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 [...]