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March 2019 Archives

Michael Avenatti accused of extortion and filing fake tax returns

Viewers of cable news in Texas may have become familiar with Michael Avenatti over the past year as the lawyer represented an adult entertainment actress in a legal dispute against President Donald Trump. The lawyer now stands accused of attempting to extort millions of dollars from the athletic apparel company Nike. He was arrested after Nike executives alerted federal authorities. He arranged his release from jail with a $300,000 bond. In his statement to the media, he insisted that he would clear his name.

Jury selection methods are the subject of criminal appeal

Four people were murdered in a Mississippi furniture store in 1996. A man was arrested and tried for murder. After six trials, the case is on appeal again. Since the issue on appeal revolves around racial bias in jury selection, a decision may affect criminal cases in Texas as well.

Former police officer convicted of assisting drug cartel

A federal jury in Texas deliberated for four hours before finding a former chief of the La Joya City Police Department guilty on two counts of providing aid and assistance to the Mexican Gulf Cartel's drug distribution activities. The verdicts came at the end of a four-day trial in Hidalgo County. Agents from the Department of Homeland Security became aware of the man's activities when he was employed as a sergeant by the Progreso Police Department.

Undercover drug sting leads to 3 arrests

Federal prosecutors in Texas have charged three people with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in connection with an undercover drug operation at a popular San Antonio restaurant. Deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration took part in the Feb. 25 operation. Two 18-year-old men and a 30-year-old woman face between 10 years and life in a federal prison if convicted on all charges.

When does a DWI turn into a felony?

Typically, an individual facing a DWI conviction results in a misdemeanor. When one is a repeat offender or poses a great danger to others, they may face a felony. When does a DWI turn into a felony?

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