Author Archives: Michael Lowe

New Texas Criminal Laws 2017

The regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature ended on Memorial Day.  Bills not passed by the lawmakers and signed into law by the governor are dead in the water.  (Abbott vetoed 50 of them.) For the bills that did not become law: well, maybe next year. Governor Abbott has called for a special session…

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Attacks on Police in Texas are Hate Crimes under 2017 Police Protection Act

Look in the dictionary and “hate crime” is defined as any crime that is motivated by hostility towards the victim because he or she is a member of a specific group (like gender, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation). The FBI has its own definition:  a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in…

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Defending Sexual Assault Charges and the Bill Cosby Trial

The Bill Cosby trial enters its third day today as the comedian faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which are felonies under Pennsylvania law.  Things are moving along.  The jury is in the box, and witnesses are taking the stand in the Montgomery County courtroom. Accuser on the Stand This morning, the testimony of…

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Speedy Trials in Texas: Prosecuting “Killer Nurse” Genene Jones for 1981 Crime

Do you remember where you were in 1981?  Were you even alive in 1981? Let’s think back … 1981 was the year: President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley; the CDC recognized the first five cases of AIDS in five homosexual men diagnosed with a “rare form of pneumonia” in Los Angeles; Donkey Kong…

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When Sexting is a Crime in Texas

Last Friday, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner pled guilty in a federal court to the felony charge of transferring obscene material to a minor as part of a plea deal. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 8, 2017.  It’s understood that as part of the plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney General’s Office,…

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New 2017 Federal Drug Policy from Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Last week, the Attorney General of the United States sent a memo to all the Offices of the U.S. Attorney General around the country, including the one overseeing the Northern District of Texas that prosecutes federal crimes here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It’s a big deal for anyone facing criminal charges here in Texas,…

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Texas Prosecutor on Trial for Prosecutorial Misconduct

Prosecutorial misconduct is a problem of epidemic proportions in this country.  There is lots of discussion in criminal justice circles (and elsewhere) about how best to rein in these rogues and stop the rampant injustice created by prosecutorial misconduct. For more on the severity and seriousness of the prosecutorial misconduct problem in Texas, read our…

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10 Things to Know About a Jury Trial in Texas after John Wiley Price

Let’s talk about the power of a jury.   Specifically, juries in criminal trials here in Dallas, Fort Worth and North Texas.  It seems like a very opportune time to do so. John Wiley Price Mistrial: Jury Unable to Reach a Verdict John Wiley Price returned to work as a Dallas County Commissioner this week as…

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Forensic Evidence Is Not Trustworthy but Prosecutors Love It: The News This Week

This week heralds the end of the National Commission on Forensic Science, a group of experts entrusted with evaluating forensic science methods that are being brought into courtrooms by prosecutors all over the country.  It’s not good news.  Their job is important because so much of the current stuff labelled “scientific evidence” in criminal investigations…

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Gang Crime Charges: Increasing Prosecution of Gang-Related Crimes in Texas

This week, President Trump publicly blamed former President Obama for allowing known Central American gang MS-13 to gain a foothold in the United States.  See, “Trump blames Obama for formation of MS-13 crime gang,” published by the Business Insider on April 17, 2017. Two months ago, the President signed a series of three executive orders…

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