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Fifth District affirms Dallas County case

The Fifth District Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the trial court in Mikequiece Devonta Chew v. The State of Texas. This case arose out of a Aggravated Robbery conviction in Dallas County. The cause numbers of the appeal were No. 05-16-00852-CR and No. 05-16-00853-CR. In cause number 05-16-00852-CR, …

criminal responsibility

Texas Bill Aims to Get 17 Year Olds Out of Adult Justice System

New Texas Law Proposal

In Texas, anyone 17 years old or older is treated as an adult if they are accused of a crime. However some Texas legislators are trying to change that. A bill made its way through the Texas legislature this session that would require a 17-year-old to treated as a juvenile …

sanctuary cities

The Status of Sanctuary Cities in Texas

Immigration Politics in Texas Criminal Justice

What are sanctuary cities? They’re municipalities that offer “refuge” to illegal immigrants in certain situations. Those situations can vary from city to city. Sanctuary can mean a number of things, including: Not reporting illegal immigrants to the feds for minor offenses Not asking questions related to immigration status Not housing …

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Four Criminal Justice Issues in the Texas Legislature

New Laws in Texas

Lawmakers and lawyers in the state of Texas know that the top issues in criminal justice are always evolving. Here, we’ve created a briefing-style list of the top four issues in Texas criminal justice – and how this legislative session will impact those issues. Issue In Criminal Justice 1: Juvenile …

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Tarrant County Drops Criminal Case Against Black Family

Tarrant Count - Texas

The question about whether criminal charges would be pursued against a black family regarding an incident with a white Fort Worth police officer gone viral on social media finally came to a close. Tarrant County has decided to drop charges against the family. Jacqueline Craig and her daughter Brea Hymond were initially charged …

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36 Arrests Made in Houston Sex Crime Sting

Montgomery County - Texas

Montgomery County Sex Crimes Sting The Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 36 adults in the last three months of 2016 for sex crimes against children, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force implemented “Operation Safe Holiday” during October, November, and December, in an attempt to …

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Sonia Cacy Declared Innocent 2 Decades After Murder Conviction

Court of Criminal Appeals - Texas

Another False Conviction When a person is being investigated for or accused of a serious crime, the public is often quick to assume that the accused is guilty. And unfortunately, accusations are sometimes enough to ruin a person’s reputation. This was the case with Sonia Cacy. Twenty-five years ago, Sonia Cacy was …

Certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography

Federal Offense

Federal Code Section 18 U.S.C. § 2252A criminalizes “certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography” as follows: (a) Any person who— (1) knowingly mails, or transports or ships using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by …

Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors

Federal Offense

Federal Code Section 18 U.S.C. § 2252 criminalizes certain activities related to the sexual exploitation of children. 18 U.S.C. § 2252 is as follows: (a) Any person who— (1) knowingly transports or ships using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign …

Sexual Exploitation of Children

Federal Offense

Sexual Exploitation of Children is a Federal Criminal Offense described in 18 U.S.C. § 2251  as follows: (a) Any person who employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in, or who has a minor assist any other person to engage in, or who transports any minor in …

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