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State could soon allow guns on college campuses

Posted on February 23rd, 2011 No Comments

A controversial measure of legislation may soon pass allowing guns to be carried on public college campuses in Texas.  The legislation would require a certification involving a criminal background check and $100 fee.  In addition, anyone carrying a concealed handgun would have to be at least 21-years of age.

Although the bill has not yet been voted on, more than half of the members of the Texas House of Representatives have signed on as coauthors.  Utah is currently the only state that allows concealed guns to be carried on all public property including public universities.

The bill’s creators argue that allowing concealed weapons on campuses is the best way to prevent a massacre like the one at Virginia Tech from occurring again.

If your or someone you know has been accused of violating weapons laws in Texas, contact the Houston weapons charge attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 to discuss how to best defend yourself against a weapons charge.

Teens arrested for fatal stabbing in Houston

Posted on February 16th, 2011 No Comments

Houston police officers recently arrested two teenagers suspected of fatally stabbing a man earlier this month.  On February 6th, 28-year old Angel Cuevas was found dead from multiple stab wounds at his apartment in Southeast Houston.  Police are also looking for a third man they believe was involved in the slaying.

Police arrested the 14 and 16-year old boys, took them to the Harris County Probation Department and charged them with juvenile criminal charges.  The teens told police that they were at Cuevas’s apartment the day he was killed but that a 19-year old Angel F. Cantu committed the murder.  In addition, the boys told investigators that Cuevas and Cantu had been fighting when Cantu began beating Cuevas.  Cuevas then attempted to jump out of one of the apartment’s windows but Cantu pulled out a knife and began stabbing him.

TX Senator takes on criminal justice reform

Posted on February 7th, 2011 No Comments

Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston is planning on introducing reforms to the criminal justice system in Texas in order to decrease the number of wrongful convictions in the state.  Texas has had at least 42 inmates exonerated on DNA evidence.  Currently, this is the highest number of exonerations in any state.

Ellis has created what he calls an “Innocence Protection Package.”  The package includes four bills aimed at criminal defense and reducing wrongful convictions.  The bills include changes like consistent and uniform procedures for eyewitness identifications, streamlining the DNA appeal process, reorganizing the state’s indigent defense task force and recording suspects of serious felonies’ interrogations.

According to officials from the Innocence Project of Texas, many counties do not have any type of consistent or uniform procedures regarding eyewitness identification, interrogations or DNA appeals.  In addition, they say incorrect eyewitness identification convicted 85 percent of exonerated persons in the state.

Contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 if you or someone you know has been wrongly accused of committing a crime in Texas.