A 62-year-old Dallas man who was freed early last year new DNA testing put his sexual assault conviction in doubt died earlier this month after a battle with heart and lung problems. Up till his death, the man had been attempting to have himself exonerated.
Former Mavericks star Dirk Minniefield, now 51 years old, recently had a trial on fraud charges cancelled after prosecutors agreed to allow him to enter into a diversion program. Participation in the program will allow him to avoid conviction on charges stemming from an alleged $10 million mortgage scheme in Texas.
When a young person is charged with a criminal offense, parents and other family members are justifiably concerned about their future. Getting on a bad path as a young person can be a bad sign of what may come as an adult. The juvenile justice system understands that the most important thing for young offenders is to get them back on the right path. This means providing a safe environment that focuses on rehabilitation and teaching responsibility.
A 26-year-old man was recently released from prison and exonerated of rape charges after his accuser recanted her story. While the case took place in California, this is something we see here in Texas frequently.
Paula Witherspoon, a 56-year-old transgender woman from Dallas was cited for disorderly conduct in April after using a women's restroom at Parkland, the public hospital in Dallas County.