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Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Suspect arrested, officers hurt after attempted robbery at Wendy’s

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: Houston Chronicle  An attempted armed robbery at a southeast Houston fast-food restaurant turned into a SWAT scene that sent a pair of Houston police officers to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspected robber struck at a Wendy’s restaurant in the 10200 block of Almeda Genoa at about 8:15 p.m. Police said … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Suspect arrested, officers hurt after attempted robbery at Wendy’s

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Justice for Jean investigators hope to crack unsolved murder case

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: KHOU Away from the city lights, a teacher was brutally killed in a rural Texas town southwest of Houston. It’s a murder that happened almost 20 years ago, but investigators are hoping new leads will crack the case wide open. “It was not a random thing, I don’t believe at all,” said … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Justice for Jean investigators hope to crack unsolved murder case

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Victim dies after falling off pickup truck in Baytown area

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

According to initial information, a male fell out of the back of a pickup shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 4900 block of Sjolander in the Baytown area, sheriff’s officials said. A Life Flight helicopter was called. It wasn’t immediately known whether the person died at the scene or at the hospital, sheriff’s officials … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Victim dies after falling off pickup truck in Baytown area

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Conroe ISD Jr. High student charged with aggravated assault after P.E. class fight

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle A Peet Junior High School student remains in detention for aggravated assault stemming from a fight Monday that left his classmate in need of medical attention. The injured boy, Matthew Tidwell, suffered injuries to his head and face. He hit the other student with a pool noodle, according to his … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Conroe ISD Jr. High student charged with aggravated assault after P.E. class fight

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Mark Anthony Inestroza sentenced in trafficking trial

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: Houston Chronicle A Houston pimp was sentenced to 35 years in prison Friday after being convicted earlier this week of forcing a teenage girl into prostitution. Wearing an orange jail uniform, Mark Anthony Inestroza was stoic as Visiting Judge Frank Price handed down the sentence after a half-day of testimony in the … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Mark Anthony Inestroza sentenced in trafficking trial

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: David Garza & Edward Carrillo dead after head on collision

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: News Channel 10 OLDHAM COUNTY, TX (KFDA) – Authorities say two people are dead following a head-on collision just north of Vega Tuesday morning. The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the victims as David Garza, 70, of Hereford, and Edward Carrillo, 37, also of Hereford. Sergeant Cindy Barkley said both men … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: David Garza & Edward Carrillo dead after head on collision

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Waco-area parents jailed after infant found with four fractured limbs

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: Houston Chronicles Two Texas parents landed in jail after their infant son was found with multiple “non-accidental” fractures that they ignored for weeks, according to police. George Jones and Amanda Camilla Wright-Jones of McGregor near Waco were collared Thursday after police alleged they took their 5-month-old to McLane Children’s Hospital with fractured … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Waco-area parents jailed after infant found with four fractured limbs

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Legendary drug cartel founder to be released Saturday

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: Houston Chronicles  A legendary drug cartel boss is set to be released Saturday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Jesus Hector Palma Salazar, nicknamed “El Guero Palma” or Blondie for his looks, will be free after completing his sentence in the federal high-security Atwater Penitentiary in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Legendary drug cartel founder to be released Saturday

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: : Jalisco 6 found alive with hands amputated in a “settling of accounts”

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Borderland Beat Seven suspected robbers were left with their hands amputated, in Tlaquepaque, a town in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. According to Eduardo Palacios, commander of the Tlaquepaque Police, victims were kidnapped the day prior. The victims were discovered Monday evening outside an event hall in Tlaquepaque, which is on … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: : Jalisco 6 found alive with hands amputated in a “settling of accounts”

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: : Local spa owner arrested after sex trafficking raid

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: KHOU 11   HARRIS COUNTY—Some massage parlors that are tucked away in strip centers along FM 1960 offer up sex behind closed doors. But on Thursday, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office working with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, began a major crackdown on the illegal sex trade burgeoning along the busy … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: : Local spa owner arrested after sex trafficking raid

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: : Caller confesses to 1986 cold case

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: KHOU 11 HOUSTON – A guilty conscience apparently got the best of the confessed killer from a 1986 Houston cold case. Police say Lawrence Fox, 56, called them Thursday to admit he shot and killed a Houston teenager 30 years ago. Fox told homicide detectives he shot 19-year-old Randy Erekson several times … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: : Caller confesses to 1986 cold case

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Four people injured in drive-by shooting in N. Houston

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: KHOU 11 HOUSTON- Four people were injured during a shooting that started as a drive-by in north Houston on Friday night. According to the Houston Police Department, the shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. on East 39th Street. Police said it began as a drive-by shooting between two groups, but one of the … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Four people injured in drive-by shooting in N. Houston

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Armored car guard shot outside Target store in SW Houston

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: KHOU 11 HOUSTON – The FBI is investigating a robbery and shooting outside a Target store in southwest Houston. According to the FBI, it was about 3:25 p.m. Saturday when a man walked up to an armored car guard outside a busy Target store in the 8500 block of S. Main. The … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Armored car guard shot outside Target store in SW Houston

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Security video shows deadly SW Houston

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: KHOU 11 A store clerk was shot to death while leaving work early Saturday morning in southwest Houston It’s a crucial and visual piece of evidence that could help capture the killers who took the life of a hardworking father of three in southwest Houston. Michael Truong, 52, was shot and robbed … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Security video shows deadly SW Houston

Houston Murder Defense Attorney:Drunk driver ran away after crash that killed woman in his SUV

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: KHOU 11 HPD: Drunk driver ran away after crash that killed woman in his SUV HOUSTON – A suspected drunk driver collided with a pickup truck, killing a passenger early Saturday morning in north Houston. According to the Houston Police Department, the accident happened around 1 a.m. at Kuykendahl Road and Micliff … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney:Drunk driver ran away after crash that killed woman in his SUV

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Two men rob Whataburger in NW Houston

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: KHOU News HOUSTON- Authorities are looking for two suspects who robbed a Whataburger in northwest Houston early Sunday morning. According to deputies, the robbery happened around 5:00 a.m. at the Whataburger at FM 1960 and Cutten Road. They said two men entered the fast-food chain, held the employees at gunpoint and demanding … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Two men rob Whataburger in NW Houston

Houston Murder Defense Attorney:The FBI’s List of the Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: Texas Monthly   The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports compile crime statistics on hundreds of metro areas. The latest numbers—which track the data from 2013—reveal some interesting tidbits about Texas cities. For instance: the most dangerous parts of Texas, generally, are not the largest cities, with only one of the five most populous … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney:The FBI’s List of the Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Wrongful Death: Clements Inmate Alton Rodgers’ family seeks $120M in suit against TDCJ

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

The family of Alton Rodgers has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on his behalf, seeking $120 million in damages. Amarillo lawyer Jesse Quackenbush filed the suit Tuesday on behalf of Rodgers’ mother, Gwendolyn Delores Patrick, and individually and on behalf of the Alton Rodgers estate. “The primary purpose … Continue reading Wrongful Death: Clements Inmate Alton Rodgers’ family seeks $120M in suit against TDCJ

Texas Legal News: Death of Clements inmate Alton Rodgers leads to lawsuit against TDCJ

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

A civil lawsuit now coming down the pipes. The mother of William P. Clements Unit Inmate Alton Rogers seeks answers. Gwendolyn Patrick said she intervened just months before her son’s death, trying to get him medical attention she believes could have saved his life. “It makes feel awful because it’s such a slow death,” Patrick … Continue reading Texas Legal News: Death of Clements inmate Alton Rodgers leads to lawsuit against TDCJ

PRISONER ABUSE: $120M LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CLEMENTS UNIT, EMPLOYEES FOR DEATH OF ALTON RODGERS

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

KFDA – NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports The lawsuit, filed on Monday, alleges that the Texas Department of Public Safety and 33 employees of the prison at the time denied medical care necessary for treating tuberculosis, a serious bacterial disease that attorney Jesse Quackenbush believes was ailing Rodgers. Security personnel at the prison found Rodgers unresponsive … Continue reading PRISONER ABUSE: $120M LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CLEMENTS UNIT, EMPLOYEES FOR DEATH OF ALTON RODGERS

Press Release: Alton Rodgers–Electronic Press Kit

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Media Announcement View the Federal Lawsuit Here Click here to see the list of Clements Unit Guard Suspensions. Click here to see Alton Rodgers’ Autopsy Report. Click here to see Alton Rodgers’ Medical Records. Below are photos of Alton Rodgers as a child, an adult, and deceased, in addition to a statement from Alton Rodgers’ mother, Gwendolyn Patrick. … Continue reading Press Release: Alton Rodgers–Electronic Press Kit

Prisoner Abuse: Family of Clements inmate who died in custody to sue TDCJ

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

  The filing of a civil lawsuit against Texas Department of Criminal Justice and 33 past and present employees at the William P. Clements Unit on the behalf of the estate of former prisoner Alton Rodgers and his mother, Gwendolyn Dolores Rodgers Patrick, is planned for Monday. Amarillo attorney Jesse Quackenbush said the complaint he … Continue reading Prisoner Abuse: Family of Clements inmate who died in custody to sue TDCJ

Houston Drug Lawyer: Texas DPS Dirty Tricks With Spanish Speaking Drivers

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

 

Houston Drug Attorney: Juan Jose Arellano-Velazquez accused of using Houston as hub to distribute drugs to 5 major US cities

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

An accused drug trafficker was arrested in Houston on Aug. 24 while in possession of approximately 6 kilograms of powder cocaine. A Drug Enforcement Agency investigation revealed that Juan Jose Arellano-Velazquez was trafficking multikilogram amounts of heroin, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine to at least five major cities in the United States while using Houston as … Continue reading Houston Drug Attorney: Juan Jose Arellano-Velazquez accused of using Houston as hub to distribute drugs to 5 major US cities

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Shootout during Conroe jewelry store robbery leaves one assailant dead, police say

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

In a hail of gunfire, Conroe jewelry store owner Jeffery Turner Jr. made the decision to shoot back – with his AK-47 rifle – at four men who opened fire on his customers and staff during an attempted robbery on Monday afternoon. In the aftermath of the bullet spray, one robber lay dead in the … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Shootout during Conroe jewelry store robbery leaves one assailant dead, police say

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Houston’s spiraling murders spurs surge of officers, confounds experts

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

The growing spiral of Houston murders, up 15 percent so far this year after a staggering 25 percent hike in 2015, has forced Houston police to spend $2 million in overtime to deploy scores of extra officers at hot spots across the city. With a focus on gangs, narcotics and domestic violence, senior police officials … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Houston’s spiraling murders spurs surge of officers, confounds experts

Houston News: No more excuses, bloodshed.’ Gang Truce Summit held in SW Houston

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Hundreds of people gathered in southwest Houston to call for an end to bloodshed caused by gang violence on Saturday. The Anti-Violence Gang Truce Summit was held at the Fountain of Life Center. It was organized by multi-faith leaders in the African American community. “Today, let’s create a new atmosphere where children don’t have to … Continue reading Houston News: No more excuses, bloodshed.’ Gang Truce Summit held in SW Houston

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney: Houston Tango Blast prison gang member Ebeneser Benny Morones sentenced to life after violent local pursuit

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

A Houston man is returning to prison for life after shooting at Montgomery County officers during a violent high speed chase last year. Judge Patty Maginnis in the 435th District Court sentenced Ebeneser Benny Morones on Friday to Life in prison after Montgomery County citizens found him guilty the week before of Aggravated Assault Public … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense Attorney: Houston Tango Blast prison gang member Ebeneser Benny Morones sentenced to life after violent local pursuit

Houston Drug Attorney: DEA releases which cartels rule Texas towns

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Declassified information released by the DEA shows counter-narcotics data gathered over the course of a year. The May 2015 data was released last month in a report showing the wide-ranging influence of the Sinaloa Cartel. The study lists the cartels the DEA is paying close attention to: the Sinaloa Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, … Continue reading Houston Drug Attorney: DEA releases which cartels rule Texas towns

Houston Drug Attorney: Houston Cop Noe Juarez Gets 30 Years for Helping Mexican Los Zetas Cartel

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

A Houston police officer received a 30-year prison sentence from a federal judge for helping members of the Los Zetas drug cartel obtain guns and body armor. He also supplied sensitive information about operations to the cartel and assisted them in smuggling cocaine. Houston Police Senior Patrol Officer Noe Juarez was convicted by a federal … Continue reading Houston Drug Attorney: Houston Cop Noe Juarez Gets 30 Years for Helping Mexican Los Zetas Cartel

Houston Drug Lawyer: Feds Capture Los Zetas Cartel Boss Jose Francisco “Comandante Kiko” Treviño in Houston

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Video provided by Telemundo Houston. Authorities have arrested one the top leaders of the Los Zetas who had been hiding out in Houston. The capture comes as the cartel continues to undergo a fierce internal civil war that has spread violence throughout the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas. Breitbart Texas has spoken with various law … Continue reading Houston Drug Lawyer: Feds Capture Los Zetas Cartel Boss Jose Francisco “Comandante Kiko” Treviño in Houston

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: L.A. teen shot dead by cops running away, witnesses say

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Police shot and killed a young man in south Los Angeles at the end of a car chase on Saturday, sparking a protest after witnesses said the 18-year-old was shot in the back five times while running away with his hands up. The chase began when officers tried to pull over a car with paper … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: L.A. teen shot dead by cops running away, witnesses say

Houston Drug Lawyer: To Help Rehabilitate Juveniles, Texas Keeping Them Closer to Home

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

More than a year after state lawmakers told it to stop incarcerating so many teenagers, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department has diverted 52 juvenile offenders to local programs for help and rehabilitation instead of shipping them to state lockups. Keeping the youths closer to home — and near relatives who might be able to help … Continue reading Houston Drug Lawyer: To Help Rehabilitate Juveniles, Texas Keeping Them Closer to Home

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: 18-year-old man, Carnell Snell, Jr., shot and killed by Los Angeles police

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

KFDA – NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports LOS ANGELES (AP) – Officers shot and killed an 18-year-old man in south Los Angeles at the end of a car chase, sparking a protest by several dozen people angered by another fatal police shooting of a black man. The pursuit began around 1 p.m. Saturday … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: 18-year-old man, Carnell Snell, Jr., shot and killed by Los Angeles police

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Richard Olango Abuka, father of Alfred Olango who was slain by police, says his son’s killing is a ‘turning point’ to change police

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

The father of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police in a San Diego suburb on Saturday told hundreds of demonstrators who peacefully marched through downtown streets that his son’s death was a turning point in a struggle to change police practices. Richard Olango Abuka called the El Cajon officer who fired … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Richard Olango Abuka, father of Alfred Olango who was slain by police, says his son’s killing is a ‘turning point’ to change police

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Dead Body found in White Oak Bayou

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

A dead body was found Saturday morning floating in White Oak Bayou near Interstate-45 north, Houston police said. Police received calls about the body floating near I-45 and Hogan Street around 8:50 a.m. The body is a black male, but police have not yet identified him and are still investigating how he got into the … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Dead Body found in White Oak Bayou

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: James Dean Shaw, 44, gets 6 life sentences in Liberty County DWI deaths

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

A Livingston man will spend the rest of his natural life in prison for killing two people and causing life-altering injuries to a third victim in a May 5, 2015, drunken-driving accident in Liberty County. In a week-long trial that ended Friday, a jury in the 75th State District Court of Judge Mark Morefield found … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: James Dean Shaw, 44, gets 6 life sentences in Liberty County DWI deaths

Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Fed-up homeowner shoots would-be thief neighbor in the groin in NW Houston

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

A 40-year-old man was shot by his neighbor after trying to steal some items from his home on Friday night. Around 9 p.m., the neighbor shot the 40-year-old man after he caught him breaking into his home on Cypress North Houston Road and Cathy Drive, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. A neighbor told … Continue reading Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Fed-up homeowner shoots would-be thief neighbor in the groin in NW Houston

PRISONER ABUSE: LAWSUIT FILED BY ROXANNE ADAMS ALLEGES JAIL LET MENTALLY DISABLED MAN, JAMYCHEAL MITCHELL, STARVE TO DEATH

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Above: Jamycheal Mitchell. Photo Courtesy CNN. Arrested for stealing $5.05 of sweets and soda, a 24-year-old who doctors repeatedly diagnosed as psychotic and delusional was left to essentially starve to death over four months in a squalid Virginia jail cell, Jamycheal Mitchell’s aunt alleged in a federal lawsuit. By the time Mitchell died in August … Continue reading PRISONER ABUSE: LAWSUIT FILED BY ROXANNE ADAMS ALLEGES JAIL LET MENTALLY DISABLED MAN, JAMYCHEAL MITCHELL, STARVE TO DEATH

Prisoner Abuse: PRISONERS TO TEXAS MOM, SANDRA PINCHBACK — GUARDS IGNORED PLEAS FOR HELP IN SON CURTIS GARLAND’S ASTHMA DEATH

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by CNN. Anguish spiraled through Sandra Pinchback’s body like a corkscrew upon hearing that her son had died in prison from an asthma attack. Her grip on the phone loosened as she hung up with the prison chaplain, who had delivered the news about Curtis Garland’s death at the George Beto Unit, located … Continue reading Prisoner Abuse: PRISONERS TO TEXAS MOM, SANDRA PINCHBACK — GUARDS IGNORED PLEAS FOR HELP IN SON CURTIS GARLAND’S ASTHMA DEATH

PRISONER ABUSE: MOTHER OF MENTALLY ILL CALIFORNIA INMATE WANTS TO KNOW WHY HE WAS ALLOWED TO STARVE TO DEATH

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

At 6-foot-1 and 172 pounds, Michael Stanley Galliher appeared healthy – until he dropped dead days after being transferred to a California prison from a state mental hospital. A coroner found the 49-year-old Galliher essentially starved to death, setting off a flurry of accusations and finger-pointing. Galliher’s family and inmate advocates want an investigation. Prison … Continue reading PRISONER ABUSE: MOTHER OF MENTALLY ILL CALIFORNIA INMATE WANTS TO KNOW WHY HE WAS ALLOWED TO STARVE TO DEATH

Prisoner Abuse: CHOWCHILLA WOMEN’S PRISON WARDENS DEBORAH JOHNSON AND KIMBERLY HUGHES RETIRE AMID PRISON ABUSE CLAIMS

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

The wardens at California’s two major women’s prisons have retired amid allegations of pervasive problems at both institutions, including sexual abuse of female inmates at one prison and suicides at the other. The complaints are the latest problem for the corrections department, and come months after the California inspector general found a culture of racism … Continue reading Prisoner Abuse: CHOWCHILLA WOMEN’S PRISON WARDENS DEBORAH JOHNSON AND KIMBERLY HUGHES RETIRE AMID PRISON ABUSE CLAIMS

National News: Attorneys for Family of 19-year-old boy Tyre King Shot by Columbus Police Officer Seek Witnesses

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Chicago Tribune. Attorneys for the family of a 13-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by a policeman said Friday they want to hear from witnesses, because the police version of events “might not be true.” Meanwhile, a 19-year-old who said he was the boy’s friend told a newspaper that Tyre King had a … Continue reading National News: Attorneys for Family of 19-year-old boy Tyre King Shot by Columbus Police Officer Seek Witnesses

Police Misconduct: Keith Scott’s Family Sees Videos of His Killing, and Says the Public Should, Too

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The grieving relatives of a man who was killed by the police here watched videos on Thursday of the fatal shooting, a wrenching experience that they said revealed no hint of aggression in him and left the family members convinced that the videos should be made public. But the city’s police chief, … Continue reading Police Misconduct: Keith Scott’s Family Sees Videos of His Killing, and Says the Public Should, Too

National Legal News: Manslaughter Charge for Tulsa Officer Betty Jo Shelby Who Killed Unarmed Black Driver Terence Crutcher

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

TULSA, Okla. — The white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black driver here last week as he stood outside his vehicle overreacted during a confrontation captured on video and was charged on Thursday with first-degree manslaughter, the authorities said. According to court documents, the officer, Betty Jo Shelby, 42, was overcome with fear … Continue reading National Legal News: Manslaughter Charge for Tulsa Officer Betty Jo Shelby Who Killed Unarmed Black Driver Terence Crutcher

National Legal News: Full Remarks From Presser With Scott Family Lawyers

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Lawyers representing the relatives of the black man killed by the police in Charlotte, N.C., held a news conference on Thursday, after a night of unrest. Story provided by New York Times If you have any questions or need legal advice, feel free to contact me directly at your convenience. Trial Attorney Jesse Quackenbush jesseqlf@gmail.com … Continue reading National Legal News: Full Remarks From Presser With Scott Family Lawyers

Police Shootings: Video by Wife of Keith Scott Shows Her Pleas to Police

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A cellphone video made by the wife of Keith Lamont Scott as he was fatally shot by the police here shows the moments before and after the episode, including the wife’s pleas to her husband to get out of his truck, and her pleas to the officers not to shoot him. But … Continue reading Police Shootings: Video by Wife of Keith Scott Shows Her Pleas to Police

NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS: STATES HID COP KILLINGS FROM FEDS AND VIOLATED THE LAW

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

For the past 13 years at an unknown cost to taxpayers a federal program has failed to accurately track the number of Americans who die each year at the hands of law enforcement. The Arrest Related Death program, by the Justice Department’s own admission, has failed to account for as much as half of law … Continue reading NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS: STATES HID COP KILLINGS FROM FEDS AND VIOLATED THE LAW

Prisoner Abuse: Our Erupting Prisons are a Disgrace

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Forty-five years ago today, on Sept. 13, 1971, nearly 1,300 men were waking up in the yard of the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York, eager to begin another long day of negotiations with state officials. After first failing to get help by writing to their state senators and pleading with the commissioner of … Continue reading Prisoner Abuse: Our Erupting Prisons are a Disgrace

Houston News: Houston man arrested in plot to blow up building

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle  A Houston man is set appear before a federal magistrate Monday afternoon on charges he participated in a bomb plot, trying to transport deadly explosives, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Cary Lee Ogborn, 50, was arrested late Friday after retrieving a package he thought contained … Continue reading Houston News: Houston man arrested in plot to blow up building

HOUSTON NEWS: Texas student’s body found burned, dismembered; Man charged

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: Houston Chronicle GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Officials say a man has been charged in the death of a North Texas college student whose body was found dismembered and burned in a park. Grapevine police said Monday that 30-year-old Charles Dean Bryant has been charged with capital murder in the death of 24-year-old Jacqueline … Continue reading HOUSTON NEWS: Texas student’s body found burned, dismembered; Man charged

Houston News: Woman dies in officer-involved shooting in Spring

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle A deputy constable shot and killed a woman who pulled out a gun on him and a fellow officer Monday night in Spring, authorities said. Deputies with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office were asked by another law enforcement agency to check a home along Spring Dane near Cypresswood … Continue reading Houston News: Woman dies in officer-involved shooting in Spring

Houston News: teen fathered teacher’s baby gets $6 million

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by: Houston Chronicle A former student who fathered a child with his onetime teacher will receive a $6 million settlement from a California school district. Vince Finaldi, an attorney for the former Redlands high school student, announced the deal Friday. Lawyers for the former student had sued, alleging that Redlands Unified School officials … Continue reading Houston News: teen fathered teacher’s baby gets $6 million

Houston News: Twelve arrested in organized crime sweep at Paradise Bingo Hall

Posted on September 18, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced Friday a massive sweep of an alleged gambling and organized crime ring at a local bingo hall and five other game rooms. Twelve people have been arrested on charges of engaging in organized crime, and investigators seized the Paradise Bingo Hall on College, along with cash, guns and ammunition. (Which you can … Continue reading Houston News: Twelve arrested in organized crime sweep at Paradise Bingo Hall

Houston Criminal Defense: Sting nabs 25 accused online child predators

Posted on September 18, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

A high-tech sting operation landed 25 accused online child predators behind bars last week, officials announced Friday. Using screen names like “Bear Hug” and “somefun4unme,” Harris County men thought they were luring young teens into their clutches, but in fact were chatting with law enforcement officers involved in the multi-agency bust headed up by the … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: Sting nabs 25 accused online child predators

Criminal Defense: Warrants issued for frat members following death at Texas A&M fraternity

Posted on September 17, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Authorities are searching for six members of a Texas A&M fraternity after drugs were discovered at a frat house party where a student was found unresponsive and later died at the hospital. The warrants for the six range from possession of marijuana to manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. They are the result of an … Continue reading Criminal Defense: Warrants issued for frat members following death at Texas A&M fraternity

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Controversy surrounds Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnoses

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Every year, approximately 1,200 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome are reported around the country, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. But in recent years, the diagnoses has been met with skepticism. Some in the medical community contend its symptoms also match other types of injuries, ones that don’t necessarily stem from abuse. “Shaken Baby … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Controversy surrounds Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnoses

Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Differential Diagnosis of Justice

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

When King Solomon resolved history’s best-known custody dispute, he implicitly divined that the death of the absent child was due to accidental infanticide, not intentional homicide.1 And his method was an early testament to truth finding. Today, the investigation of infantile death is too often accompanied by hurried accusations and false confessions.2 And the search … Continue reading Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Differential Diagnosis of Justice

National News: Why Shaken Baby Syndrome Is Dividing the Medical World

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

When murder charges were dropped last month against Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy—who cared for a 1-year-old baby in Cambridge, Mass., who died of what looked like shaken baby syndrome in 2013—it was only the second time since 2006 that the state medical examiner changed the manner of death on an autopsy. The other time? … Continue reading National News: Why Shaken Baby Syndrome Is Dividing the Medical World

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: The unsettled science of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

For more than a decade, a growing movement of doctors and engineers has questioned the science behind Shaken Baby Syndrome, long considered a serious public health threat. Testing has been unable to conclusively show if violent shaking can produce the conditions often linked to the diagnosis — bleeding and swelling in the head and bleeding … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: The unsettled science of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Shaken Baby Syndrome often caused by vaccines, not parents

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photograph provided Natural News. It is increasingly common for parents of children with one or more of the triad of symptoms associated with so-called “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS) to be automatically accused of committing child abuse. But often missing from this causal equation is any investigation into the vaccinations that children diagnosed with SBS received … Continue reading Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Shaken Baby Syndrome often caused by vaccines, not parents

Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome Questioned In Court Cases

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — After 17 years in prison for an infant’s death at her San Diego daycare center, Suzanne Johnson is in the forefront of legal challenges to “shaken baby syndrome” as courts catch up with medical advances in understanding the mechanisms of childhood brain trauma. A judge last month agreed Johnson deserved to … Continue reading Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome Questioned In Court Cases

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: World Renowned Neuropathologist has Career Destroyed for Disproving Shaken Baby Syndrome

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the General Medical Council (GMC) found UK pediatric neuropathologist and expert defense witness, Dr. Waney Squier, guilty of “misleading her peers, being irresponsible, dishonest and bringing the reputation of the medical profession into disrepute.” In a nutshell, she was found guilty of disagreeing with the medical establishment over the “science” … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: World Renowned Neuropathologist has Career Destroyed for Disproving Shaken Baby Syndrome

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Finally, a Judge Calls Shaken Baby Diagnosis An “Article of Faith”

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

  Almost a decade into a 20-year prison sentence for murdering a baby in her care, 43-year-old Jennifer Del Prete was ordered freed on bond late last week. The ruling is one of a growing number that reflect skepticism on the part of judges, juries, and even prosecutors about criminal convictions based on the medical … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Finally, a Judge Calls Shaken Baby Diagnosis An “Article of Faith”

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Greg Abbott Death Watch & Shaken Science

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photograph Provided The Austin Chronicle. To have his federal habeas attorneys tell it, Robert Roberson is “dim-witted” and “mentally ill.” The 49-year-old, sentenced to death in 2003 for the 2002 death of his 2-year-old daughter Nikki Curtis, was a “drug abusing petty criminal with a long family history of serious mental health issues,” attorneys James … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Greg Abbott Death Watch & Shaken Science

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Many Experts Have Discredited Shaking Baby Syndrome. So Why Is Maria Mendez Still In Prison?

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo Provided By LA Weekly. Shortly before Christmas 2006, as she told authorities, one moment her strapping, 22-pound, 9-month-old grandson was on the sofa at her home in South L.A. while she straightened up and prepared snacks for four of her children — who would soon be home from McKinley Elementary School and a nearby … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Many Experts Have Discredited Shaking Baby Syndrome. So Why Is Maria Mendez Still In Prison?

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: A Diagnosis Reconsidered

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

For decades, when a child appeared in an emergency room with unexplained head injuries and a disturbing set of symptoms, many doctors assumed one thing to be the cause: violent shaking and potential child abuse. But, in recent years, the diagnosis of what’s known as Shaken Baby Syndrome has come under intense scrutiny, and so … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: A Diagnosis Reconsidered

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides The Medical World

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Video provided by NYT. Perhaps no crime staggers the mind, or turns the stomach, more than the murder of a baby, and so it is not a surprise when law enforcement comes down hard on the presumed killers. Often enough, these are men and women accused of having succumbed to sudden rage or simmering frustration … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides The Medical World

Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Rethinking Shaking Baby Syndrome

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

The dispute over shaken baby syndrome is a bitter civil war. On one side, doctors, lawyers and other experts say the diagnosis is key to winning convictions of people accused of the most horrible acts of child abuse. Opponents say the diagnosis is used too freely and that sometimes, innocent people go to prison. Norman … Continue reading Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Rethinking Shaking Baby Syndrome

National Legal News: Delaware’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional.

Posted on August 3, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

On Tuesday the high court said the law violated the role of jury described in the Sixth Amendment of US Constitution. The Delaware state law gave judges – not juries – the final say to impose a death sentence. The decision comes after the US Supreme Court ruled in January that a similar death penalty … Continue reading National Legal News: Delaware’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional.

Houston Criminal Defense: Austin Scrambles With Fallout of Closed DNA Lab

Posted on August 3, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Texas Tribune. For over a month after the Austin Police Department had to abruptly shut down its DNA testing lab, it remains uncertain whether any criminal convictions will be thrown out due to of improper testing. In the meantime, the city has arranged interim lab arrangements and is attempting to cut down … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: Austin Scrambles With Fallout of Closed DNA Lab

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Philip Caruso Story.  Six years ago, in a tidy home day care on the edge of a cornfield, with angel figurines in the flower beds and an American flag over the driveway, 9-month-old Trevor Ulrich stopped breathing. He had contusions on his scalp and bleeding on the surface of his swollen brain. … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: At least half of all parents tried over shaken baby syndrome have been wrongly convicted, expert warns

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photograph provided by Daily Mail. It is a case that haunts Dr Waney Squier and one any parent will find deeply distressing. Eleven years ago, Lorraine Harris stood trial at Nottingham Crown Court charged with manslaughter. Although described as a woman of good character and a careful and caring mother, she was accused of shaking … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: At least half of all parents tried over shaken baby syndrome have been wrongly convicted, expert warns

San Antonio man, Aaron Ray Decker, arrested for playing ‘game’ with 7-year-old boy involving sex

Posted on July 29, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo Provided by Houston Chronicle SAN ANTONIO — A 26-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly performing oral sex on a 7-year-old male neighbor, according to arrest documents. Aaron Ray Decker was charged with a first-degree felony of aggravated sexual assault of a child and is being held on a $75,000 bond. Decker allegedly engaged … Continue reading San Antonio man, Aaron Ray Decker, arrested for playing ‘game’ with 7-year-old boy involving sex

Gerald Green who was accused of running over his girlfriend, Alice Jeanette Lee, surrenders to Police

Posted on July 29, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Handout Photo A New Caney man surrendered to police on Wednesday, after more than three weeks after authorities said he ran over his estranged girlfriend outside of a bar in the Humble area. Gerald Green, 38, was wanted for murder in the death of Alice Jeanette Lee, 41, officials said. Investigators said … Continue reading Gerald Green who was accused of running over his girlfriend, Alice Jeanette Lee, surrenders to Police

Houston News: Daughter Janice Byrnes charged in elderly father John Byrnes’ death in Huffman

Posted on July 29, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provide by Houston Chronicles A Huffman woman who is charged with murder for an alleged push that this week caused her 86-year-old father’s death was released from probation in March after completing less than one-third of the punishment-in-lieu-of-conviction for a 2015 felony accusation of injuring her dad. Janice Byrnes, 45, is accused of “pushing” … Continue reading Houston News: Daughter Janice Byrnes charged in elderly father John Byrnes’ death in Huffman

Houston Criminal News: One of State’s Most-Wanted Sex Offenders, Christopher Soloya Jr., Arrested in Houston

Posted on July 29, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Houston Chronicle One of the state’s most wanted sex offenders was arrested Thursday in northwest Houston Christopher Soloya Jr., 30, was taken into custody without incident after authorities received a tip in the case. Authorities did not release the details about the arrest, including where and when they captured Soloya. A member … Continue reading Houston Criminal News: One of State’s Most-Wanted Sex Offenders, Christopher Soloya Jr., Arrested in Houston

National News: Dangerous illegal drugs flow around the globe

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Business Insider The UN Office on Drugs and Crime released its annual World Drug Report this month, detailing the prevailing trends in global drug cultivation, trafficking, and use. Relying on surveys and other data, the UN estimated that one in 20 adults — a quarter-billion people ages 15 to 64 around the … Continue reading National News: Dangerous illegal drugs flow around the globe

Houston News: Derek Cassard questioned at his home where his pregnant girlfriend April Dorris suffered head injuries

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle  The fiancé of a pregnant woman who suffered head injuries Monday afternoon in her Tomball home urged the public to notify authorities if they had any information about the case.”” “I don’t know what kind of person could have done something like this,” Derek Cassard said Tuesday afternoon after he meet … Continue reading Houston News: Derek Cassard questioned at his home where his pregnant girlfriend April Dorris suffered head injuries

National News: Mexican actress Kate del Castillo denies ever taking money from El Chapo

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle After more than six months bringing actor Sean Penn to Mexico to meet with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, actress Kate del Castillo is quashing rumors about any kind of relationship she had with the drug lord “El Chapo”. Del Castillo informed media that she did not commit any crimes and never received money from … Continue reading National News: Mexican actress Kate del Castillo denies ever taking money from El Chapo

Houston News: Leroy Stoots has been arrested in death of Kumba Sesay found in south Houston ditch

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle A man has now been arrested in the death of a 31-year-old woman whose body was discovered earlier this month in a ditch in south Houston. Leroy Stoots, 43, has now been charged with murder for his role in the killing of Kumba Sesay, according to the Houston Police Department. Police … Continue reading Houston News: Leroy Stoots has been arrested in death of Kumba Sesay found in south Houston ditch

Texas News: San Antonio jury finds Zetas boss guilty on all 10 counts

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle  A federal jury  found Marciano “Chano” Millan Vasquez, an accused Zetas boss, guilty of all 10 counts of the drug-related charges against him on Tuesday. Millan was accused of drug conspiracy and killing while engaged in drug trafficking and faces life in prison. Witness and prosecutors said he was a regional … Continue reading Texas News: San Antonio jury finds Zetas boss guilty on all 10 counts

Southern Indiana County Jail: A man who went undercover in a jail for 2 months found out the strange homemade drugs inmates do

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Business Insider In Indiana at  Clark County Jail, inmates go on and beyond to get high. Out of the jail’s 500 inmates, 80% are in on drug-related charges, according to Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel. But the drugs inmates use in jail bear little resemblance to what you see or know of in … Continue reading Southern Indiana County Jail: A man who went undercover in a jail for 2 months found out the strange homemade drugs inmates do

Texas Shooting: Man who tried to rob Waffle House with an AK-47 is shot by customer

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle  A young man, with an AK-47  robbed customers at a Waffle House in Texas is on life support after being shot by a customer with a licensed handgun. According to the DeSoto Police Department, Antione Cooper, 26, entered the restaurant in the 1500 block of North Beckley Avenue at 2:30 a.m. … Continue reading Texas Shooting: Man who tried to rob Waffle House with an AK-47 is shot by customer

Houston News: Third inmate commits suicide at Bexar County jail in less than a month

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle  The Bexar County Adult Detention Center recorded its third suicide in less than a month Friday amid a state inquiry into the recent deaths. Jesus Jose Lopez, 18, was identified as one of the inmate by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday afternoon. Lopez was discovered during an … Continue reading Houston News: Third inmate commits suicide at Bexar County jail in less than a month

Houston Criminal Defense: NE Harris shooting leaves one person dead

Posted on July 16, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting in northeast Harris County that left one person dead and sent at least one other person to the hospital Thursday night. According to initial reports, an unidentified man was fatally shot about 8 p.m. at a home in the 400 block of Pecan Ave., … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: NE Harris shooting leaves one person dead

Mexican Cartel Criminal Defense: 13 tons of cocaine linked to Sinaloa cartel found inside barrels of hot sauce

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle A Mexican cartel allegedly tried to smuggle 13 tons of cocaine by hiding it in barrels of hot sauce. According to the website Blog del Narco, the Mexican navy found the barrels full of zesty condiment and cocaine in Manzanillo, Colimo, about 500 miles west of Mexico City. The drugs … Continue reading Mexican Cartel Criminal Defense: 13 tons of cocaine linked to Sinaloa cartel found inside barrels of hot sauce

Houston Criminal Defense: More than 40 people charged with felony DWI in Houston in March 2016

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle Houston police arrested more than 40 drivers in March on charges of felony-level driving while intoxicated. Specific charges ranged from driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle to intoxication manslaughter. Some arrestees had two or more prior arrests on similar charges in the past. In March felony DWI … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: More than 40 people charged with felony DWI in Houston in March 2016

Police Shooting: California police video shows fatal shooting of 19-year-old

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos and video provided by: Houston Chronicle  Fresno police on Wednesday released body-camera video of officers fatally shooting a 19-year-old man who ignored repeated orders to stand still and show his hands. At a news conference, Chief Jerry Dyer acknowledged the video is gruesome, but he said it was important for the public to see. … Continue reading Police Shooting: California police video shows fatal shooting of 19-year-old

Houston News: Deputy hurt, motorist seriously injured in crash on FM 1960 in NE Harris County

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo courtesy Houston Chronicle.  More details have been released after a man was seriously injured and a deputy constable was hurt in a crash in northeast Harris County, forcing officials to temporarily shut down portions of FM 1960. The two-vehicle wreck happened about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday on westbound FM 1960 near Kenswick, according to the … Continue reading Houston News: Deputy hurt, motorist seriously injured in crash on FM 1960 in NE Harris County

Houston News: Motorcycle crash kills Bellaire officer pursuing suspects

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Houston Chronicle. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office identified a person of interest in a motorcycle crash that killed a Bellaire police officer on Tuesday. Prosecutors did not release the name of the person of interest Tuesday night. Crime Stoppers retweeted a photo posted by a KTRK reporter that shows a man … Continue reading Houston News: Motorcycle crash kills Bellaire officer pursuing suspects

Houston Criminal Defense: Aldine ISD teacher accused of sex with student back in court

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Houston Chronicle.  Alexandria Vera, the 24-year-old Aldine middle school teacher accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy, will return to court next month as prosecutors and her defense lawyers continue to investigate the allegations. Vera appeared Tuesday in state District Judge Michael McSpadden’s court but her case was … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: Aldine ISD teacher accused of sex with student back in court

Houston Criminal Defense: Headless body found floating near South Padre Island leads to arrest of border patrol agent

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Houston Chronicle. It looked like a crab trap floating in the calm waters of Laguna Madre, just off South Padre Island. At least, that’s what the man who spotted it while boating with his two daughters would say to police. But when he poked the floating mass with a pole, he discovered … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: Headless body found floating near South Padre Island leads to arrest of border patrol agent

Houston Criminal Defense: Man wounded after shooting in northeast Houston

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Houston Chronicle. A man was wounded in a shooting early Wednesday morning outside an apartment complex in northeast Houston, according to the Houston Police Department. The shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. in the 7400 block of New Orleans near Lockwood in the Fifth Ward, Lt. Larry Crowson said. Two men were outside … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: Man wounded after shooting in northeast Houston

Houston News: Teen suspect arrested in business owner’s shooting death

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photos provided by Houston Chronicle. A 17-year-old has been arrested in the murder of a small-business owner during a suspected robbery spree that stretched from southwest Houston to Missouri City. The teenager is accused of killing Tri Minh Nguyen, 36, on March 29 at Wahoo’s Fish N Wings, Nguyen’s business was located at 12306 Fondren. … Continue reading Houston News: Teen suspect arrested in business owner’s shooting death

National Legal News: JUDGE DENIES EXCEPTION TO SEVEN-DAY LIMIT ON COMPETENCY SERVICES

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Houston, TX: The AP (5/7, Bellisle) reports from Seattle that US District Judge Marsha Pechman on Wednesday “refused to approve a list of exceptions sought by the state Attorney General’s office that would give health officials more time before providing competency services to mentally ill people held in jails. ‘The court declines to allow class … Continue reading National Legal News: JUDGE DENIES EXCEPTION TO SEVEN-DAY LIMIT ON COMPETENCY SERVICES

WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: OF TEXAS WRONGFUL CONVICTION CASES IN EXONERATION REGISTRY 25% OF THEM INVOLVED PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

From the moment 4-year-old April Tucker died, Debbie Tucker Loveless and John Harvey Miller told police and prosecutors that she had been mauled by dogs. But in 1989, the couple was convicted of murdering her and sentenced to life in prison. Four seemingly endless years later, in 1993, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned … Continue reading WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: OF TEXAS WRONGFUL CONVICTION CASES IN EXONERATION REGISTRY 25% OF THEM INVOLVED PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT

THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: KILLER GETS THE DEATH PENALTY & SWEARS TO HAUNT THE LIVING IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’: SXSW MIDNIGHT PIC

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Simon Rumley, Director of Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word EXCLUSIVE: British director Simon Rumley used a real life 1982 murder case as a spring board for his horror pic Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word which is making its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival’s Midnighters section on Sunday at the Alamo Lamar. … Continue reading THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: KILLER GETS THE DEATH PENALTY & SWEARS TO HAUNT THE LIVING IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’: SXSW MIDNIGHT PIC

THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW SCREENING SCHEDULE FOR JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Based on true events. Amarillo, Texas, Halloween, 1968, Sister Tadea Benz, a 76 year old nun is raped and murdered in her bedroom in her convent. A teenager from the wrong side of the tracks, Johnny Frank Garrett, is arrested but claims innocence. His trial is a farce and he is sentenced to death. On … Continue reading THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW SCREENING SCHEDULE FOR JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD

THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: WATCH JURY DELIBERATIONS TAKE AN UNSETTLING TWIST IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’ CLIP

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

True crime stories may be all the entertainment rage these days, between “Making a Murderer” and “The People v O.J. Simpson,” but it’s often easy to forget that these stories are true first and foremost, that they chronicle real people and real events and real pain. The SXSW premiere “Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word” may … Continue reading THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: WATCH JURY DELIBERATIONS TAKE AN UNSETTLING TWIST IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’ CLIP