If two members of the U.S. House of Representatives have their way, malicious acts of cruelty to animals will soon be felonies in Texas and across the U.S. Individuals convicted under the proposed law, called the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT, could face heavy fines and several years of incarceration.
If a police officer lied on the witness stand, would you trust them to testify in the future? Should prosecutors be notified that certain officers have a history of being untrustworthy? Several district attorneys of major U.S. cities have developed a database of unreliable cops, but should they?
Throughout American history, terrorist acts have seldom been carried out by one person acting alone. If Texas residents or others commit a terrorist act or help those who do, they may face significant penalties. For instance, harboring a terrorist could result in a fine and a prison term of 10 years if convicted. Those who provide material support to terrorists could be sentenced to as many as 15 years in prison and be fined.
According to news sources, a Texas man entered a guilty plea in federal court to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute for what was characterized as the biggest opioid bust in North Texas's history. The man was originally charged in 2017.
On Jan. 3, a Texas man was arrested after police found marijuana and other drugs in his car during a traffic stop. The man tried to stop officers from approaching his vehicle by getting out and telling them he was a youth baseball coach.
On Dec. 21, 2018, a judge imposed a 20-year federal prison sentence on a 52-year-old Texas man who was the lead defendant in a drug case involving 13 people. After being indicted in July, the man pleaded guilty in August to participation in a methamphetamine conspiracy.