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Conroe Officer convicted for shooting shoplifter in back of the head

Conroe police sergeant Jason Blackwelder was convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a 19 year old suspected shoplifter, Russell Rios, who’d fled from a Walmart into the woods.  The officer claimed there had been a struggle which led to the shooting.  Prosecutors say, however, that the teen was shot in the back of the head […]

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Pastor alleges Waller County Prosecutor threatened him

In yet another example of unprofessionalism among legal professionals, a Waller County DA allegedly made threats to a member of the cloth. Rev. Walter Pendleton alleged that after he requested information on prosecution rates by ethnicity in the county northwest of Houston, the prosecutor became abusive in text messages sent May 28. “Don’t ever call […]

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Florida Judge Challenges Attorney to Brawl

“Go out back and I’ll just beat your ass.” These were the words of Judge John C. Murphy in Brevard County Florida, who was displeased with Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock for zealously representing his client.  “If I had a rock I would throw it at you right now…SIT DOWN!”  Another gem that was hurled […]

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Houston Police Dept. Fails to Investigate over 20,000 Criminal Cases

According to a report commissioned by the city, more than 20,000 burglary, theft, assault and hit-and-run cases were not investigated in 2013.  When I stumbled onto this story the explanation given was that HPD is understaffed.  This may be some of the reason this happened, but I am not buying that this is the only […]

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