Judge Mary Bacon, one of Houston's first female jurists, dies at 88
March 1, 2018
By Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle
Retired state District Judge Mary Bacon, a widely respected jurist and one of Houston's first female judges, died Thursday in hospice care, family members confirmed. She was 88.
Bacon retired in December 1999 as judge of the 338th District Court, a bench she held for 15 years.
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Sandra Bland dies in Waller County, Texas Jail after being arrested on a traffic stop
Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation on July 10 in Prairie View, Texas and subsequently arrested following an escalating conflict between herself and the arresting office.
A police dashcam video of the traffic stop was released by the Texas Department of Pubc Safety on July 21. Allegations arose that parts of the video were edited. A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety (DPS) said that irregularities in the video resulted from "technical issues" that occurred when the video was posted. The DPS then removed the first video and replaced it.
The DPS issued the following statement concerning the initial video:
"The video has not been edited. To eliminate any concerns as to the efficacy of the video DPS previously requested the FBI examine the dash cam and jail video to ensure the integrity of the video. The entire video was uploaded to include the audio and video of the conversation the trooper had by telephone with his sergeant, which occurred after the arrest. Some of the video that occurred during this conversation was affected in the upload and is being addressed."
On July 13 while Sandra Bland was being held in the Waller County, Texas Jail she was found "in her cell not breathing from what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation," a Sheriff's Office statement said. Bland received CPR, and an ambulance was called, but she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.
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Revenge, Not Justice
One of the sad truths of the capital defense business is that some trial lawyers who show up to defend their clients have been known to sleep through their trials, fail to interview witnesses, or are too drunk to do their jobs.
12-Year-Old Girls Stabbed Friend 19 Times For Slender Man
Cases like these are the exact reason my mother always told my sister and me to stay away from the horror stories before bed.
A Texas father who discovered a man raping his five-year-old daughter and beat him to death with his bare hands will not be charged with homicide under state law.
By: James Nye
Published: 2 September 2013 | Updated: 3 September 2013
A Lavaca County grand jury decided not to press charges against the 23-year-old father in the June 9th death of Jesus Mora Flores, 47, who was killed inside a remote shack after he was caught molesting the young girl.
Under Texas state law, deadly force is authorized and indeed, justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault and coupled with the fact that the harrowing 911 calls made by the father back claims he even tried to save the pedophile's life led to the grand jury's decision.
Referendum Rejection: Bar's Outreach Efforts Fail to Make Disciplinary Rule Proposals Palatable
Nicole DeBorde recalls opening a package late last year that contained a letter on "fancy letterhead" mailed from the State Bar of Texas. The message asked DeBorde, president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, to persuade her organization's members to vote yes in the Bar's 2011 referendum on proposed changes to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
Sex assault accuser sues HPD officer January 2011
Officer Abraham Joseph was indicted on Thursday.
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Judge lowers bail for officer after wife testifies January 2011
The prosecutor said he fears HPD officer Abraham Joseph, 27, will flee to India or seek asylum at the Indian embassy.
A judge on Friday lowered the bail for a Houston police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty and implicated in five other possible cases, disappointing advocates of the other alleged victims.
Federal Convictions Reversed December 2008
The following is a publication of the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of
New York. The cases are from United States Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. The
opinions contain at least one point favorable to criminal defendants.
Houston's Top Attorneys
With more than 13 years of experience in criminal law, Nicole DeBorde is dedicated to the highest quality of criminal defense.
Nicole DeBorde, a veteran of the Harris County District Attorney's Office who once prosecuted bad cops in one of her many roles as a former prosecutor, now counts the Houston Police Officer's Union among her clients.
Professionals On The Fast Track - 2005
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Did Prosecutors in the Casey Anthony Murder Trial 'Over-Try' Their Case?
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Dangerous drug den is a complex issue
Houston drug traffickers and gang members call it "Da Stock," as in, "Let's go to Da Stock and get some rock."
Police and prosecutors have another name for Haverstock Hills Apartments — they say the 700-unit hub for drugs, including crack cocaine, or "rock," is one of the most dangerous apartment complexes in Harris County.