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Sentencing and penalties for second-degree murder

Individuals charged with second degree murder in Texas are innocent until proven guilty, and have rights to trial by jury and assistance of counsel, among others. If the accused individual is found not guilty at trial, the action is concluded. If the individual is found guilty, the case proceeds to sentencing. The law establishes several factors that a judge must consider in sentencing individuals convicted of second-degree murder.

Asserting self-defense in a homicide case

Homicide charges are of course quite serious in Texas and around the country. When a claim of self-defense meets essential criteria, a defendant could have murder or manslaughter charges dropped or be acquitted at trial. The general definitions of self-defense must be satisfied in order for a person to potentially avoid a criminal conviction.

Texas man has his kids help with shoplifting

Police say that a 32-year-old man was taken into custody for committing theft at a Saratoga Boulevard Walmart in Corpus Christi. Cameras showed the man walking around the store with his 9-year-old daughter putting merchandise into empty plastic bags. Authorities say that they walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise. Additionally, employees caught his 10-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son walking out of the store with merchandise that was not paid for.

Federal sentencing law phrase ruled unconstitutionally vague

Texas residents are likely aware that parts of laws are sometimes struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on constitutional grounds. Federal sentencing laws have been widely criticized as unfair and capricious by justice advocates and judges, and a passage in one such law was ruled unconstitutionally vague by the Supreme Court on June 26. The Armed Career Criminal Act was the law in question, and the passage the justices took issue with was a catchall phrase describing the prior offenses that would warrant the law's application.

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