Year: 2014

Walmart

Low cost stores in a neighborhood invariably lead to higher crime rates, a recent study in The British Journal of Criminology, suggests. The Huffington Post reported on how lead author Scott Wolfe, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, looked at counties in the US where Walmart expanded compared…

Child abandonment is an emotive crime but it can also be a difficult offense to prove. A case in point is the recent arrest of two mothers who were accused of leaving their young children in a hotel room while they went out drinking in bars in Northeast Dallas. The Dallas Morning News reported police…

Thomas Jefferson

An activist-journalist from Dallas has been facing more than 100 years in prison over allegations he posted a hyperlink to hacked material. However, the U.S. attorney’s office has now filed a motion to dismiss the bulk of its criminal case against Barrett Brown who has claimed to be the spokesman for the hacking group Anonymous….

Taser

Deaths of suspects in police custody are always a matter of grave concern. In a bizarre incident in South Dallas, a man has died after wrestling naked with police. Police used a Taser on him during the arrest. The death occurred on March 1 on the 3600 block of Colonial Avenue in South Dallas. Officers…

Gang crimes are among the most complex offenses investigators and prosecutors deal with in Texas because they can involve a raft of offenses ranging from money laundering, drug offenses and murder. They can also cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The complicated and far reaching nature of these crimes were illustrated this month…

The recent arrest of a 19-year-old in relation to an alleged hit-and-run accident that resulted in a death, highlights one of a number of amendments brought in last year that tighten up the criminal law relating to driving offenses in Texas. The Dallas Morning News reported on how Lancaster police arrested Santos Quezada, 19, and…

There are many alarming statistics about identity theft and the rapid growth of the crime. A recent Today.com story stated about 13.1 million Americans were victims of ID thefts in 2013. The figure was 500,000 more Americans than in 2012. A report released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found somebody becomes a victim of identity…

Human trafficking is described by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as “one of the most heinous crimes” that it investigates. It’s also big business in Texas. In a recent report, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center revealed Texas remained number two in the country in 2013 in terms of the number of calls placed…

Texas is no stranger to controversial executions but the case of the latest prisoner to die in the state has ignited a dispute over the rights of foreigners held on death row. Edgar Tamayo, a Mexican national, was convicted of killing a police officer in Houston in 1994. He had sought a reprieve from the…

The legal system in Texas is littered with wrongful convictions and the sad stories of defendants who have languished in prisons for crimes they did not commit. The case of Daniel Villegas appears to fall into an all too familiar pattern. As a young and vulnerable suspect he claimed detectives intimidated him into confessing to…