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Vandalism: You Break it You Buy it…a Ticket to Jail

The intentional or reckless destruction of private or public property is a crime in the state of Texas. While vandalism may appear to be a relatively minor crime, the available penalties can be quite severe depending on the seriousness of the crime. Among the crimes that may constitute an act of vandalism are the following: more >

Two Teenagers Accused of Starting Fires in Memorial

Two Houston-area teens are suspects in a series of arson cases in the Memorial area. Xavier McNight, 19, and a 15-year-old friend were arrested earlier this week. They are former students at Stratford High School in Spring Branch ISD. McNight had dropped out, while his co-defendant is enrolled at an alternative school. A police officer more >

Man Accused of Burning Down Feed Store Appears in Court

A man who is accused of burning down a feed store last week was in court on Monday to hear the charges against him. Ernesto Turrubiartes, 43, was on parole for his third DWI conviction when authorities say he set fire to the store in northeast Harris County. The alleged incident occurred on Thursday. Witnesses more >

Appeal Bonds in Texas Courts

If a person goes to trial and is found guilty what will happen next? The answer is that you can appeal the case to attempt to reverse the judgment based upon constitutional error or other error that was harmful to your fundamental right to a fair trial. Generally, a defendant has thirty days to appeal more >

Rick Perry Refuses to Halt Execution

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/13/nation/la-na-texas-execution-20110914 This week, Governor Rick Perry refused to halt the execution of Duane Edward Buck.  At issue was the testimony of a psychologist during Buck’s punishment hearing.  In Texas, when a person is convicted of capital murder he is automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, unless the State has previously more >


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