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Article • June 14, 2017
Hearing Required Before Assessment of Appointed Attorney Fees in Texas by On July 20, 2016, a Texas court of appeals held that, before fees incurred by a court-appointed attorney are assessed against an indigent criminal defendant, the court must hold a hearing and determine that the defendant is capable of ...
Fifth Circuit Upholds Houston Police Officer's Retaliation Jury Award by On August 19, 2015, the Fifth Circuit court of appeals upheld a federal jury's $23,000 award for retaliation by the police department and returned an additional award of $127,000 for evaluation of how much of it was due to future ...
Article • June 14, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Penalty
Fifth Circuit Denies Stay in Challenge to Texas Execution Drug by On September 12, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a stay of execution to five Texas death row prisoners challenging the state's failure to retest the execution drugs it use before each use. Jeffery Wood, Rolando Ruiz, ...
Article • June 14, 2017
Fifth Circuit Denied Claim of Immunity by Sheriff's Deputy, Rejects His Appeal in Fourth Amendment False Arrest Lawsuit by On September 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the appeal of a Hunt County, Texas, sheriff's deputy who claimed the lawsuit against him for ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Databases, Wrongful Death
University of Texas Researcher Makes Data on In-custody Deaths Comprehensible by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke All law enforcement agencies, jails and prisons in Texas are required by state law to report in-custody deaths, but the raw statistics are not easily understood. That shortcoming prompted University of Texas Institute for ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Texas Leads the Nation in Exonerations, Costing More than $93 Million by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis On March 13, 1997, 41-year-old Dahn Clary, Jr. of Texarkana, Texas was arrested and charged with the aggravated sexual assault of his best friend’s 11-year-old son. The boy told his father and police ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Attorneys, Death Penalty
Texas Lawyer Quits with 0-34 Record of Losses in Death Penalty Cases by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke If you were on trial for your life, you would want the best possible lawyer. That would exclude Houston, Texas attorney Jerry Guerinot, 71, who has a great deal of experience but ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Penalty
Feds Impound Illegally Imported Execution Drugs in Arizona, Other States by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Arizona's Department of Corrections (ADC) imported a drug used for executions, but federal agents seized and impounded the illegal shipment at the Phoenix airport before it could be used for lethal injections. The ADC ...
Kickback publication • May 31, 2017
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
Texas Rates May 2017
Brief • May 26, 2017
M.P. v. Texas Youth Commission, TX, Memo on Enforcement, Juvenile Pepper Spray, 2007 TEXAS YOUTH COMMISSION ED OWENS DIMITRIA D. POPE Acting Executive Director Conservator November 27, 2007 To: All TYC Staff From: Dimitria D. Pope Acting Executive Director Steve Foster General Counsel Re: TYC Rule 97.23 (Use of Force) ...
Brief • May 17, 2017
Filed under: Medical Misconduct
Zadeh v. Robinson, TX, Plff's Response to Mot, Medical Misconduct, 2017 Case 1:15-cv-00598-RP Document 78 Filed 01/02/17 Page 1 of 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AUSTIN DIVISION Joseph A. Zadeh, D.O. and Patient Jane Doe, Plaintiffs, § § § § § § vs. Mari Robinson (in ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Fifth Circuit Upholds $2.85 Million Award in Suit over Jail Prisoner’s Death by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On November 29, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a jury award of $1.5 million for pain and suffering and $917,000 for wrongful death in a lawsuit brought by survivors ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Cost of Prison Systems
Bonds Used to Finance Private Prisons, Jails Turn into Junk by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The promise of safe, humane and less costly prisons has been used for decades by the private prison industry to sell its products. As prison populations skyrocketed, local, state and federal governments became convinced ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Plumbing, Sanitation
Flooding Forces Evacuation of Over 4,000 Texas Prisoners by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Historic flooding along the Brazos River in southeast Texas last year forced the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to evacuate three facilities near Rosharon that housed more than 4,000 prisoners. The evacuations began on May ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Former Texas Police Officer’s Sexual Assault Case Reversed After 21 Years by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Brian Edward Franklin was a Fort Worth, Texas police officer for more than a decade before he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to life in prison in ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Texas Prison System Bans Social Media for Prisoners by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) added a rule to the April 2016 version of its Offender Handbook that bars prisoners from using any form of social media. Rule 111.N.4 states that “Offenders are prohibited ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Staffing, Staff Training
Healthcare and Handcuffs: BOP Assigns Medical Staff to Security Positions by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), facing chronic guard shortages, has resorted to either paying overtime to officers who work additional shifts or assigning nurses and other healthcare staff to security positions. In the ...
Brief • May 4, 2017
McDaniel v. Tom Green County, TX, Complaint, Wrongful Death Medical Neglect, 2016 Case 6:16-cv-00002-C Document 1 Filed 01/08/16 Page 1 of 14 PageID 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS SAN ANGELO DIVISION CHARLEY McDANIEL, and CORY WILLIAMS, individually and as heirs at law to the ...
Brief • May 2, 2017
O'Donnell v. Harris County, TX, Ruling, Harris County Bail System, 2017 Case 4:16-cv-01414 Document 302 Filed in TXSD on 04/28/17 Page 1 of 193 United States District Court Southern District of Texas ENTERED IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION MARANDA LYNN ODONNELL, ...
Coats v. Harris County, TX, 7th Amended Petition, Wrongful Death Cocaine, 2016 10/28/2016 7:20:43 PM Chris Daniel - District Clerk Harris County Envelope No. 13515582 By: TERESA KIRBY Filed: 10/28/2016 7:20:43 PM CAUSE NO. 2012-55551 BARBARA COATS, Individually, as Personal Representative of the Estate of JAMAIL AMRON, Deceased, and as ...
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