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Supreme Court Rejects Death Row Appeal of Texas Man Who Killed Grandmother

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a first appeal of the conviction of a Texas man against his verdict and death sentence over the killing of a grandmother. Mark Anthony Soliz is on death row for killing a 61-year-old grandmother at her Johnson County home nearly five years ago. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported on the recent high court …

Sarah KleinSupreme Court Rejects Death Row Appeal of Texas Man Who Killed Grandmother

Outgoing Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Record on Criminal Justice

  Rick Perry has been Texas’s longest serving governor. In 14 years in office he has changed the criminal justice system in a way that was not predicted when he first took office in 2001, according to commentators. Writing in the Texas Tribune, Terri Langford said Perry’s first budget as governor in 2001 “could have come from any Texas politician …

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Texas Man is Sentenced to 365 Months in Prison on Child Pornography Offenses

  Child pornography charges are taken very seriously and dealt with by the federal authorities. We wrote about the difficulty of defending child pornography cases here. Recently, the Dallas Morning News reported on how a 38-year-old man from Little Elm was sentenced to federal prison on child pornography violations, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for …

Sarah KleinTexas Man is Sentenced to 365 Months in Prison on Child Pornography Offenses
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The End of the Eric Williams Trial

  Eric Williams Trial Ended The capital murder trial of Eric Williams ended with Judge Michael Snipes imposing a sentence of death in accordance with the jury’s verdict. Eric Williams was found guilty of murdering the wife of the District Attorney of Kaufman County, Cynthia McLelland. During the trial, the jury heard evidence how he also killed Mr. McLelland during …

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Dallas County District Attorney is Accused of Violating the Texas Bill of Rights

  A Dallas County District Attorney has been accused of violating a law that states all crime victims have the right to be informed of all proceedings that relate to their case. A report in USA Today described how the Texas Bill of Rights states that crime victims have the right to be informed of all proceedings involving their case. …

Sarah KleinDallas County District Attorney is Accused of Violating the Texas Bill of Rights

Driver is Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter Over Death of 16-Year-Old from Dallas

  Christmas and New Year sees a stepping up in police enforcement aimed at preventing intoxicated drivers.  Additional patrols combined with large number of holiday parties typically means a spike in the number of drivers who are arrested for DUIs. There is also often an increase in deaths and injuries caused by drivers who are under the influence. Recently, a 20-year-old …

Sarah KleinDriver is Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter Over Death of 16-Year-Old from Dallas

Teens are Tried for “Satanic” Killing of 15-year-old girl in Houston

  Capital murder is the most serious charge that can be brought in Texas. Generally speaking, the penalty for capital murder is death or life in prison without parole. This month a jury in Houston convicted a teenager of capital murder in the death of a girl who prosecutors say was killed as part of a satanic ritual. Jurors took …

Sarah KleinTeens are Tried for “Satanic” Killing of 15-year-old girl in Houston

United Nations Expresses Concern over Grand Jury Acquittals of Police Accused of Killings of African Americans

In 2012, there was an angry demonstration in Dallas, Texas when police shot and killed James Harper. Harper, an African American, was shot dead at drug house in the 5300 block of Bourquin Street while, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, police were responding to a kidnapping call. These kinds of scenes have dominated headlines in recent weeks after …

Sarah KleinUnited Nations Expresses Concern over Grand Jury Acquittals of Police Accused of Killings of African Americans
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A Criminal Attorney’s Perspective on the Eric Williams Trial

An Unusual Capital Murder Trial In North Texas, an unusual capital murder trial has ended its second day of testimony. Eric Williams is charged with murdering the District Attorney of Kaufman County, JR McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in 2013. Most death penalty trials involve a murderer with a lengthy criminal history who goes on …

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Softer Stance on Crime Helped Cut Texas Prison Population

  Texas has a longstanding reputation for being tough on crime and criminals. It executes more convicts than any other state and has a massive prison population. But now the state is making crime headlines for another initiative in which a softer approach brought in seven years ago appears to have reversed the out-of-control growth of the state’s prison population. …

Sarah KleinSofter Stance on Crime Helped Cut Texas Prison Population