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Dallas Police see decline in complaints, rise in violent crime

The mantra of police forces throughout the United States is to "Protect and Serve," but as we've seen, seemingly week after week, instances of shootings and abuse litter the nightly news all the time. Of course the popularity and use of smart phones helps document and shed a light on these issues, but how are local authorities dealing with the issue of excessive police force?

The Dallas Police Department recently announced that excessive force complaints have fallen substantially over the last five years. In 2009, there were 147 cases, but this year, a mere 13. Of course, 13 is still 13 too many, but it is good sign. In addition to a decrease in police brutality, crime statistics show that overall crime has gotten lower each of the previous 12 years.

The penalties are severe for drug manufacturing

The state of Texas takes illegal drug use seriously, and it takes drug distribution even more seriously. Likewise, it aggressively pursues people that it thinks are manufacturing or cultivating drugs. Drug manufacturing and cultivation laws are addressed under the Texas Controlled Substance Act. The act categorizes drugs into four groups, known as "penalty groups" and handles each case based on the drugs being manufactured. Marijuana is in its own group, different from the four penalty groups.

In order to defend oneself against a drug manufacturing conviction, there are various factors that may be considered. Some of these factors include: whether the accused had the requisite knowledge of the manufacturing or cultivating of the drug, whether the quantity at issue was above a certain threshold, and whether the accused intended to distribute the drugs in question. In addition, proof that the drug was never intended to be consumed by humans, prescribed medication being cultivated for personal use under and a doctor's prescription, or proof that the drug has been approved by federal law are all possible defenses to drug manufacturing charges.

How common are DWIs in the state of Texas?

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, followed by the winter holiday season, capped off by New Year's. And these times are often spent celebrating. Whether it's the bars and clubs on Thanksgiving Eve, the family on Thanksgiving, company parties during the holidays, or with friends and family raising a glass to celebrate the New Year, people consume many drinks during this time of the year. In too many cases, people who should not be driving will unfortunately get behind the wheel.

The state of Texas ranks near the top in the United States when it comes to driving while intoxicated, also known as DWI, and DWI-related accidents. In 2013, Texas led the nation in fatalities due to driving while intoxicated, with 1,337 deaths documented. Accidents due to alcohol were over 25,000, and injuries due to DWI's were over 15,000. Texas state authorities are aware of these staggering figures, and take efforts to patrol the streets and highways to find and convict DWI offenders.

Hockey star Patrick Kane accuser not cooperating with authorities

In a court of law, suspects are innocent until proven guilty. In the court of public opinion, however, to mix metaphors, the gloves are off and the laws do not apply. Regardless of how sports fans feel about the story or the player, everyone in the United States is entitled to their day in court.

A National Hockey League all-star of the Chicago Blackhawks has been involved in an ongoing case regarding rape allegations allegedly taking place in the Buffalo, New York, area last off-season. Ongoing investigations show that DNA testing may have proven Kane innocent, as well as potential tampering of the rape kit by the female accuser.

One dead in alleged drunk-driving accident

While many people enjoy drinking as a social experience, there are unfortunately times when that social activity spins into a tragic accident. What seems like a fun night out or happy hour can take a turn into dangerous territory when improper judgment calls are made. A Texas resident now knows firsthand how drinking can impact the lives of others forever.

While driving in the early evening hours of a Thursday, a woman ran a red light and caused an accident that took the life of a driver of a scooter. The 22-year-old woman also hit four other cars in the process. The driver of the scooter was transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. The woman was returning from a golf course club house and was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the accident. She was charged with intoxication manslaughter.

How could a selfie lead to a child pornography arrest?

Due to the influx and popularity of smart phones and tablets in the United States, it's not uncommon for people to take "selfies," which is a self portrait taken with one's camera phone or webcam. The term and practice is so popular that the term was dubbed the 2013 "Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year" and accessories such as "selfie sticks" have become popular to make it even easier to take a selfie.

Unfortunately, another term that many parents are becoming all too familiar with is "sexting," or sending text messages and pictures of a sexual nature. When these images involve underage nudity or sexual situations of underage children, certain child pornography laws may come into play.

Texas A&M ex-football star accused of random murder of jogger

College football fans may remember Thomas Johnson, a former high school and college football star of Texas A&M, who, as a freshmen, helped lead the Aggies to a surprising upset victory over top ranked Alabama in 2012. Johnson's career has nose-dived since that game however; he went missing immediately following the game for a few days with no explanation ever given, and hasn't played football since.

He allegedly has had multiple problems since his day in the spotlight, receiving probation for burglary, evading arrest and auto theft in 2014. The probation was ultimately revoked after failing to meet the guidelines, including a positive test for marijuana and failing to pay necessary fees. Yesterday, he was charged with murder.

White collar crime penalties can be severe

When reading news stories about men and women convicted with long sentences, often for a decade or even life, many often think that the convicted was found guilty of murder or another violent crime. It is not uncommon, however, for those convicted of white collar crimes to also receive severe penalties.

White collar crimes are traditionally crimes that are non-violent, often in the field of technology or business. Examples of a white collar crime include computer hacking, forgery, embezzlement and fraud. The term generally describes crimes that are done to deceive a victim or victims, whether it is the general public, a co-worker, a boss, or even an entire business. It is typically done using forms of deception in an effort to benefit financially.

Governor denies request to delay inmate's execution

In a story making national headlines recently, a man sentenced with the death penalty was recently denied a delay in his execution by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Attorneys for the man claim that he is intellectually disabled and thus should be spared the death penalty.

The man was found guilty of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in California, and he was sentenced to death. He was subsequently sentenced to death again in Virginia for the killing of two others. Ballistics and DNA evidence has also tied him to additional killings in both Virginia and California, but since he was already sentenced to death, he was never prosecuted in those cases. He is originally from El Salvador, where, while growing up, he allegedly suffered "significant brain dysfunction," due to poor nutrition as a child, according to a psychologist who testified at his trial.

Understanding the reasons for a plea bargain

The reality of the judicial system in the United States is that nearly 90 percent of all criminal convictions come from some form of a plea bargain. While this may sound like an alarmingly high number, and in many cases a plea bargain is not necessarily in the best interest of the accused, it can be helpful in certain situations.

Due to the serious backlog of cases waiting to go to trial, it is in the best interests of prosecutors and courts to make an effort to resolve a case before it goes to a lengthy and costly trial. There is also a significant problem with the overcrowding of prisons. A plea bargain will keep offenders in prison for less time, or not at all, depending on the bargain. Plea bargains may also be done in an effort to work with a defendant to strengthen the case against another defendant involved in the same incident. The defendant may give the prosecutor information or evidence to strengthen the case against another defendant, and in turn get a lessened punishment.