Appeals court stopped execution over mental impairment

The three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the execution in Texas of 41-year-old convicted killer, Robert James Campbell, 2 ½ hours before he was set to be strapped in the lethal injection chamber, The Dallas Morning News reported on May 13.

Campbell and his attorneys appealed on the grounds that he is mentally impaired and therefore not eligible for execution. Campbell tested at an intelligence quotient level of 69. The Supreme Court in 2002 ruled that the minimum threshold of IQ level for a criminal to be executed is 70. According to the court, Campbell must be afforded the chance “to develop claims of ineligibility for the death penalty,” and must be given the opportunity to provide evidence for their claims.

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Ex-BP engineer’s criminal trial commences

The trial for Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) began on Monday, December 2 with the selection of jury members. He was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice in 2012 for allegedly deleting text messages from his cell phone regarding pertinent information that could have helped build with claims regarding the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr. will be in charge of handling the trial.

Mix entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment.

Aside from Mix, other BP employees have also received criminal charges due to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Macondo well. BP’s former vice-president for the Gulf of Mexico exploration David Rainey also was charged last year for giving false testimony regarding the size of the oil spill claim. Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, BP well-site managers, were also charged with involuntary manslaughter in November 2012 for the 11 deaths that occurred near or around the perimeter of the well.

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Supreme Court rules in favor of DNA testing

In a majority vote, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of DNA testing among suspect’s under arrest and those taken into police custody. According to the court, this new police booking procedure is comparable to an advanced method of fingerprinting or picture taking. The court also stated that the act of taking DNA samples by swabbing a suspect’s cheeks does not violate an unlawful search, which is prohibited by the Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

The 5-4 majority ruling was decided upon on Monday, June 3 by Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, who said that this DNA sampling was one of the most significant criminal procedure cases the Supreme Court has seen in years, and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Although DNA test results takes more than two weeks, many lawyers saw the possibility of instant DNA testing in the near future to take place.

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Dallas police civilian employee charged with theft

A former Dallas police employee was accused of allegedly stealing nearly $1,500 in a span of four months.

Jacquelin Holstein, 28, has been indicted on a state jail felony, which is punishable by a maximum of two years in prison, after being charged with one count of theft by a public servant.

The theft was discovered after a supervisor found discrepancies from deposits made by Holstein in an audit conducted in October. A total of at least $1,488 was missing from May to September of 2012.

According to police investigators, Holstein confessed to the allegations, saying that she was using the money for her own personal means. She has since resigned from her position.

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Deion Sander’s sued by wife, Pilar after claiming abuse

Pilar Sanders has now filed two lawsuits against husband, Deion Sanders alleging “emotional and physical abuse, mental distress, public humiliation and financial loss.”

The two lawsuits amount to nearly $200 million and she claims that she was the victim of abuse and that libelous claims were made against her repeatedly.

One of the lawsuits stems from an incident that occurred at their Prosper, Texas home in February. The alleged libelous claims come from posts that Deion posted onto Twitter about Pilar. The former Dallas Cowboy football player filed for divorce from Pilar in December.

If you or a loved one has been the charged with domestic violence, these charges can have a serious effect on your life. Contact the Dallas domestic violence lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today and discussing your options.

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