Category Archives: DA Watch

THE CRUEL REALITY OF CRIMINAL EVIDENCE: IT’S JUST NOT THAT RELIABLE

EVIDENCE IN CRIMINAL CASES CANNOT BE BLINDLY TRUSTED: TEXAS CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ISN’T LIKE IT IS ON TV Written by: Michael Lowe, Esq. on 02-01-2014 On television, an amazing number of cop shows succeed in drawing large audiences: series and spin-offs where handsome men and beautiful women work hard in scientific labs to produce iron-clad evidence that convicts…

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Prosecutorial Misconduct Rules Issued by Texas Supreme Court: Where is Michael Morton’s Prosecutor, Ken Anderson, Now?

Prosecutors do bad things all the time here in Texas; if you doubt this, just read a few of the stories we’ve posted about regarding abusive and illegal actions by District Attorneys here in the Lone Star State. These state prosecutors do all sorts of illegal acts, from hiding evidence and introducing false evidence in…

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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Do Not Trust Prosecutor’s Crime Lab Forensic Evidence, When Will Public Become Aware that Crime Lab Results Aren’t Like TV Forensics?

Forensic evidence seems so darn scientific and reliable when you watch TV. Unfortunately, things are NOT the same in the real world as they are on television shows and we’ve been monitoring how bad Texas Crime Labs can be in processing evidence to be used in criminal trials for a long while now. (See, for…

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Mortgage Fraud “Straw Buyer” Cases Are Major Target of Federal Fraud Investigations

Back in July 2013, we pointed out how mortgage fraud indictments have become a big part of federal arrests, investigations, plea deals, and trials and that media coverage will be reporting on a lot more federal mortgage fraud cases after Teresa Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, who appear in the reality show “The…

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Missing Prosecutor Ray Gricar – Recent Claim That Hells Angels Club Member Ordered Hit on Gricar Doesn’t Ring True. He’s Missing Not Dead – Just Ask the FBI.

Ray Gricar, remember him? He was the prosecutor handling the Penn State child sex abuse investigation against the then-beloved defensive coordinator of the Penn State football team, Jerry Sandusky, way back when and Gricar was the District Attorney who decided NOT to prosecute Jerry Sandusky, telling the press that in his opinion there wasn’t enough…

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National Drug Use Study: Marijuana and Heroin Use Skyrocketing and Local Prosecutors Are Revving Up for Severe Sentences

The federal government monitors drug use — specifically illegal drug use (including alcohol) — in several ways, including research studies like the one just released this week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This study, done each year by the SAMHSA, is the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and…

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Federal Drug Crimes Get Different Treatment by U.S. Attorneys Per Eric Holder – What Does This Mean for Texas Defendants?

Federal drug crimes are going to be treated differently by federal prosecutors; here’s why and what it means to people in Dallas and Fort Worth and the rest of Texas that face drug arrests based on federal law. Federal Drug Crimes Punishment Set Out if Federal Sentencing Guidelines  Federal crimes that result in convictions force…

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Prosecutorial Misconduct Allegations Against Four Top Texas District Attorneys: Update

Back in May, we posted about four different news stories coming out of various parts of the Great State of Texas that all dealt with allegations of bad acts on the part of the head District Attorney for their particular Texas county. These were not hired prosecutors within a District Attorney’s office: these were four…

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Attorney General for Northern District of Texas Prosecutes Lots of Federal Money Crimes: Fraud, Tax Evasion, Money Laundering, and More

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas has four branch offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Amarillo.  Since September 2011, U.S. Attorney Sandra Saldana has held the job of top federal prosecutor for this region and she is one of 93 U.S. Attorneys appointed by the President to…

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New Texas Laws Targeting Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Michael Morton Act and new Tex Gov’t Code 81.072(b) Limitations – Do They Really Help Texas Citizens?

Yesterday, the Texas Legislature sent two bills over to Governor Rick Perry’s desk for his signature:  the new Michael Morton Act (SB 1611) and an amendment to the Texas Government Code Section 81.072 (SB 825).  It’s expected that Governor Perry will sign this bills into law, and soon we’ll all be under their sway. Here’s…

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