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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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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Corruption Allegations Are Brought Against Two Texas Officials

Public officials are expected to adhere to a standard of conduct that is higher than that of ordinary citizens. However, in Texas a number of prominent public officials stand accused of corruption offenses. These are among the most complicated and involved types of crimes that are investigated in the state. Last month, the Texas Tribune provided an update on the …

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Convicted Rapist from Dallas to Have Sentence Reconsidered

The case of a teen rapist from Dallas which received nationally attention last year when he was sentenced for five years’ probation, highlights the circumstances in which a sentence can be reconsidered. Former Booker T. Washington High School student Sir Khalil Young received probation for raping a 14-year-old classmate last year. Now his case is scheduled to go before a …

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Hairs in Vacuum Cleaner Will be tested for DNA of Missing Texas Woman

DNA evidence plays a major part in criminal investigations and cases and it can be collected from some unlikely sources. Recently the Dallas Morning News reported on how newly discovered hairs collected from a vacuum cleaner will be subjected to DNA testing to see whether any belong to a Fort Worth woman who went missing more than a year ago from …

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Texas Attorney General is Investigated over First-Degree Felony Claim

Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton could face first-degree felony charges after admitting a civil violation, according to reports. The Dallas Morning News has reported on how a special prosecutor is to ask a Collin County grand jury to indict Paxton on first-degree felony charges of violating state securities law. The report quoted Kent Schaffer, a Houston defense attorney, who said …

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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 …

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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 …

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Sample Letter to Friends and Relatives and Character Letter Outline

How to Write a Character Letter of Support to a Judge Prior to your sentencing, you may have friends and relatives write character letters of support to the judge which the judge will consider in imposing sentencing. Because of the sentencing guidelines, the judge does not have a great deal of discretion as to your sentence, however, at times strong …

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Former Arlington Attorney is Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

We associate long prison sentences with crimes of violence but white collar crimes committed by people from professional backgrounds can also carry stiff sentences. Recently, a disbarred attorney from Arlington, Texas was sentenced to 20 years in prison for continuing to represent herself as an attorney almost a decade after she lost her license. The Dallas Morning News reported on …

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