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August 2017 Archives

Woman convicted of stabbing husband gets 27 years in prison

On Aug. 24, a Texas woman who was convicted for stabbing her husband and then staging a home invasion was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Throughout the trial and the sentencing, the woman's attorney continued to maintain her innocence. The husband was reportedly found stabbed to death while the woman, the man's wife, was found tied up in a closet the next day.

Appeals court limits warrants to search homes for cellphones

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals may not have jurisdiction over Texas, but the court is considered highly influential. For one, it's located in the District and has traditionally been a place presidents look for potential Supreme Court nominees. For another, it holds sway over many of the actions of federal agencies. Texas and the Fifth Circuit are likely to give the D.C. Circuit's opinions a great deal of weight in their own considerations.

Prosecutors seek to end injustice of Harris County's bail system

In April, a federal judge in Houston struck down Harris County's bail system on the grounds that it is unjust to the poor. The reason is that the county requires cash bonds for misdemeanors, which many low-income defendants simply can't afford. The judge ruled it was unconstitutional for people to be held in jail simply because they can't afford bail and ordered the release of some misdemeanor defendants.

Why it is so important for you to protect your record

Many people in San Antonio do not realize the importance of maintaining a clean criminal record. Some individuals who already have charges and convictions may feel that they do not have any recourse to clear their records. Others are in the process of doing things that can lead to criminal charges and convictions. They do not realize how much of an impact their criminal records have on their lives. Often, arrests are just as damaging as convictions. 

Task Force on Crime Reduction urges caution on marijuana policy

The president's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, appears not to be ready to crack down on marijuana in an effort to reduce violent crime. Although its recommendations have not been made public, the Associated Press associated portions of them. The group has instead urged caution on making big changes to federal marijuana policy, especially when it comes to challenging states' rights to decriminalize the drug.