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May 2018 Archives

Most inmates acknowledge their criminal past in new study

With many convictions in Texas, there is a chance that the defendant did not actually commit that crime. According to research conducted in Pennsylvania, the specific odds of that happening are about 6 percent. This was determined by surveys completed by roughly 3,000 people in Pennsylvania state prisons. The study is considered one of the first attempts to determine how often criminals are incorrectly convicted in cases not involving a capital crime.

Texas father and son face felony drug charges after traffic stop

Police in Texas say that a tip about suspicious activity at a Hays County apartment complex led to the discovery of almost 50 pounds of marijuana. Media reports indicate that a 56-year-old San Marcos man and his 22-year-old son have been taken into custody in connection with the seized drugs. Both men have been charged with money laundering and felony marijuana possession. Officials have reported that they are being held at a Hays County detention facility and their bail has been set at $18,000.

White supremacist groups linked to Texas drug trafficking

Federal authorities have accused six white supremacist groups of running a narcotics trafficking operation that distributed methamphetamine and other illegal drugs throughout North Texas. An indictment unsealed in federal court on April 30 reveals that 57 members of the Aryan Brotherhood, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Circle, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, the Peckerwoods and the Dirty White Boys face a raft of charges including kidnapping and drug trafficking. Police say that their investigation into the alleged drug trafficking group began in 2015.

How charges are classified

A Texas resident who has allegedly committed a crime could face a misdemeanor or felony charge. In most cases, the level of a charge is determined by how much time behind bars a person could face if convicted. However, a prosecutor has flexibility when it comes to charging an individual. If a person is charged with a misdemeanor, he or she can generally expect to spend up to a year in jail if convicted.


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