Year: 2013

Texas executed more prisoners than any other state in 2013, but the use of capital punishment declines here as well as in the rest of the U.S. according to a new study. The annual report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) revealed 39 prisoners were executed in the United States in 2013. The figure…

Cases in which teachers are accused of being involved in sexual relationships with students invariably make headlines. Recently a Wylie High School teacher was arrested following allegations that she had a relationship with a 17-year-old boy, the Dallas Morning News reported. Kristin Sims, 33 resigned as an English teacher last Wednesday following her arrest for…

A high profile drunken driving case has made national headlines in Texas after a teen driver who killed four pedestrians while driving under the influence of alcohol, avoided jail time. The trial of 16-year-old Ethan Couch attracted a massive level of media attention after a psychologist argued he was suffering from “Affluenza,” a condition in…

Fraud can take many forms in Texas, ranging from multi-million dollar white collar crimes to one woman workers’ compensation scams. In a recent case a woman was sentenced to four years in prison for taking part in workers’ compensation fraud. The Bexar County 379th District Court recently convicted Lakeisha Stevens of San Antonio, Texas of…

A case, in which a Texas cop was arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman during a traffic stop, has made headlines across the nation. ABC news reported the San Antonio police officer was placed on administrative leave after the alleged sexual assault. Officer Jackie Neal, 40, is accused of the sexual assault of the…

Evidence gathered by the police and other investigative agencies is usually the most important factor in any criminal trial. But what happens when police officers are untruthful in their accounts? As criminal defense attorneys, we are acutely aware that unreliable evidence from police officers is more common than many members of the public believe. Recently,…

A recent sentencing in Texas demonstrates the stiff penalties that can face those accused of distributing child pornography online. The Dallas Morning News reported on how a sex offender from Arlington was sentenced to 40 years in prison on November 15, 2013, after he admitted sharing child pornography online. Recently we noted how the FBI…

New technology changes rapidly and so do crimes associated with it. In a recent report MSN.com reported on how the FBI has added five alleged cybercriminals to its “most wanted” list. They include a former San Diego college student who developed a program called “Loverspy” or “Email PI.” The operation is said to have been…

Though new laws on abortion appear to be on course to take effect in Texas after opponents failed to win their case in a federal appeals court. A ruling in a federal appeals court on October 31, reinstated most of the state’s controversial abortion restrictions, just three days after a federal judge ruled them unconstitutional….

If you are involved in a criminal investigation you should never post details related to the matter on social media. The power of evidence online was recently illustrated when a man from Ohio, who confessed on YouTube to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking, was sentenced to 6½ years in prison….