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Man accused of rape denied second trial

Posted on September 29th, 2010 No Comments

Today, a Houston man charged with rape was denied a second trial despite issues with DNA evidence testing.  Charges involved the man kidnapping a 6-year old boy and raping him in February 2001.

Last year, 51-year old Lawrence J. Napper won the  chance at a new trial from the recommendation of Harris County state district Judge Jeannine Barr after workers at Houston Police Department’s crime lab destroyed DNA evidence taken from Napper after testing.  According to today’s ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, “All of the evidence shows a very strong case against applicant, even when criticisms of the HPD Crime Lab’s conduct are taken into account”.

Napper’s lawyer stated, “Judge Barr, who knows most about the case recommended he get a new trial…We are very disappointed the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overruled Judge Barr’s recommendation, and we’re going to pursue this in federal court”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime, contact the Houston sex crimes defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Harris County creates website to stop gang crime

Posted on September 24th, 2010 No Comments

Together 15 law enforcement agencies in the Houston area launched a website yesterday to help prevent gang crime in Harris County.  The website, StopHoustonGangs.org, allows citizens to provide any anonymous tips about gang members or activity.

StopHoustonGangs.org provides photos and information of wanted gang members, a listing of active gangs, and pictures of symbols and hand signs used by local gangs.

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland stated, “This website is a proactive measure.  We are not going to wait around and see gang crimes rise again and get out of control, like in some other parts of the United States”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a gang-related crime, contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Harris County police crackdown on organized retail crime

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Harris County officials have taken notice of an increased number of incidents involving organized retail crime in the Houston area.  According to county statistics, 89 percent of Harris County retailers are victims of organized retail crime.  The most common items stolen are designer clothing, electronics, over-the-counter drugs, and baby formula.  Organized criminals then try to sell items for a profit.

Billboards and signs on cabs reading “Stop Organized Retail Crime” will soon be appearing all over Houston.  Police believe the public’s recognition is key to lowering the amount of organized retail crime in the county.  Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia stated, “We’re talking about folks who are actually putting millions of dollars of a dent into our local economy and are  challenging these particular retailers who employ hundreds of people across the Harris County community”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with organized retail theft, contact the Houston theft defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Brown Hand Center founder arrested for domestic violence

Posted on September 15th, 2010 No Comments

The founder and surgeon at the Brown Hand Center, 53-year old Michael Glyn Brown, was arrested for domestic assault for the second time.  The Brown Hand Center has locations in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Las Vegas, and Phoenix and Brown can frequently be seen in commercials for the center with his wife and children.

Brown was arrested and plead guilty in 2002 to domestic abuse of his third wife, Darlina Brown, after beating her with a bed post while she was pregnant.  Recently, he was arrested again for domestic abuse, this time against his fourth wife, Rachel Brown.  Because this is his second domestic assault charge, Brown is facing a felony charge rather than misdemeanor.  If convicted, Brown could be sentenced to up to ten years in prison.

If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic abuse, contact the Houston domestic abuse defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

First international domestic violence case

Posted on September 8th, 2010 No Comments

Last month, the U.S. Attorney’s office began prosecution on the nation’s first international domestic violence case.

The case arose out of a domestic violence assault by 35-year old Eduardo Mendoza Hernandez, a Mexican customs officer working in Nuevo Laredo, in early 2009.  Hernandez and his wife were separated when he went to talk to her at her home in Laredo.  After fighting, Hernandez forced his wife and two kids to go to Mexico with him.  Later after more arguing, Hernandez allegedly shot his wife in the stomach.

Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to 48 months of prison.

If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic abuse, contact the Houston domestic abuse defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Former LJA Engineering CFO sentenced for embezzlement

Posted on September 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Yesterday, former LJA Engineering CFO 47-year old Christopher McCullough was sentenced to 51 months in jail and ordered to pay back $3,787,737 in restitution to his former employer.  After spending time in federal prison, McCullough is to serve three years of of supervised release.

McCullough was caught embezzling over $3.7 million from LJA to his own personal accounts.  The over 200 transactions included withdrawing money from LJA to spend on personal taxes owed to the IRS, the purchase of stock, and construction and real estate expenses for homes in Houston and Estes Park, Colorado.

The court’s decision stated that, “It was McCullough’s transportation of the embezzled cashier’s check from Houston to Colorado to pay for expenses related to his Estes Park home that was the basis for the federal charge of interstate transportation of stolen property”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a federal crime, contact the Houston federal crimes defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.