Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting 15-year-old have HIV, according to Reports


The arrest of teachers inevitably makes news headlines. The Dallas Morning News recently reported on how a Richardson ISD teacher who was arrested last week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy later told police that he has HIV.
The news report said Roger Kessler, 43, told investigators he hadn’t revealed his medical condition to the boy. The report stated he met the boy in August through a dating app, according to a probable cause affidavit. The teacher told investigators [...]

Texas Man Accused of Shooting Drunk Driver Who Killed His Sons is Acquitted


In high profile cases it’s not uncommon for the authorities to put together a case on the flimsiest of evidence.
Take the recent case of David Barajas who was recently acquitted of shooting a man who killed his young sons in a drunken-driving accident. There’s no question that Barajas had a strong motive in the killing of 20-year-old Jose Banda Jr. in December 2012.
However, the jury acquitted Barajas after hearing from the defense about the [...]

Police Seek the Killer of Five-year-old Girl in Dallas


Few crimes shock society more than the killing of a child. We were saddened to read about how police in Dallas found the body of a 5-year-old girl at an apartment complex on Sunday.
Dallas police were called to look for Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez about 11:30 a.m. at the Sontera Palms apartments in the 9500 block of Royal Lane, the Dallas Morning News reported. Her body was found after maintenance workers gave police permission to search vacant apartments. The girl’s death [...]

Texas Man is Charged With Pointing a Laser at a Helicopter


It’s not every day that charges of pointing a laser at an aircraft are brought but the offense is more common in Texas than many people believe.
Recently the Dallas Morning News reported on how 24-year-old Steven Alexander Chavez Jr. was arrested by federal authorities in Lubbock and charged with one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.
The report said federal authorities recorded 90 such incidents in 2013, in the Dallas division alone. [...]

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 [...]