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March 2017 Archives

Legal team in health care fraud case cites mitigating factors

If every criminal law matter in Texas and nationally was as clear cut and straightforward as police and prosecutors often contend is the case, there would seemingly be little need for a defendant to offer up a defense. In lieu of contesting the state's evidence and pointing out alleged defects in arguments geared toward sending a defendant to prison, that individual -- and all other similarly situated persons -- could simplify and expedite the process by simply accepting the outcome demanded by criminal authorities.

Former US Prosecutor: Texas Grand Jury Reform Bills Promote Fairness

A Democrat and Republican have introduced legislation that would reform Texas grand juries and require prosecutors to share evidence that could help defendants. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a Democrat from Houston, and Lakeway Sen. Dawn Buckingham, a Republican, have filed similar bills in the House and Senate that they say would lead to fairer treatment of those accused of crimes.

Anomaly, yes, but reality, too: the enigma of false confessions

You did it. You know you did it and, moreover, you're aware that we know you did it. You failed a polygraph test (so we say, but that's not actually true). We have witnesses willing to offer testimony against you (well, maybe we don't, but you can't know that).

Focus on white collar crime: unique aspects in every case

A news report referencing a seemingly understated event taking place tomorrow in a college lecture hall far from Texas might seem to be testing the bounds of relevancy for its appearance in the criminal defense blog of a Houston-based law firm.

Environmental Texas, Sierra Club sue Pasadena Refining System, Inc. over air pollution

On March 2, 2015, firm client, Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI) for thousands of persistent violations of the federal Clean Air Act at its Pasadena, Texas, refinery, which is located just east of Houston. PRSI is owned by the state-controlled oil company of Brazil, Petrobras.

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