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Three or four hours later, after midnight, officers illegally entered Mr. Wehrenberg's residence "without a search warrant and without consent," handcuffing everyone inside and escorting them all into the front yard, conducting a "protective sweep"
Judges cannot order mentally ill inmates to be medicated involuntarily to make them competent for execution, the highest criminal court in Texas has ruled. In its decision Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals did not rule on the
Supreme Court says prosecutors can use a person's silence against them if it comes before he's told of his right to remain silent. The 5-4 ruling comes in the case of Genovevo Salinas, who was convicted of a 1992 murder. During police questioning,
The Supreme Court seemed worried Wednesday about letting a prosecutor use pre-Miranda silence against a suspect in court, with some justices calling the idea of a jury considering a person's refusal to answer incriminating questions scary,'' 'radical'
The thought process seems to be that anything on that person (or in their immediate vicinity) is fair game. The EFF has filed an amicus brief in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals opposing this mentality in hopes of preventing the state's flawed
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order this week that will largely prohibit Fort Worth killer Jeff Dodson from filing additional appeals of his conviction in the 2007 robbery-slaying of a Bedford convenience store clerk. Dodson, who was
A Texas man whose conviction for sexually assaulting a six-month-old girl raised questions about the science behind determining how children die has won a key legal battle. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday threw out the conviction of
A judge in Travis County declined Wednesday to consider Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's request to intervene in the county's first same-sex divorce case, letting stand the judge's February decision to grant a divorce to two women who had been
At a late-night Halloween party in 2003, Dustin McManus stabbed 10 high school students in a drug-addled frenzy, earning a 15-year prison term for aggravated assault. In the years since, two of those victims have tried to widen the circle of
Sharon Keller, a top judge at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, presides over the most active execution program in America. But she now stands accused in court of professional misconduct over her refusal to keep her office open beyond 5:00pm to