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December 2012 Archives

Phony Texas store robbery ends with real arrest of manager

When a 22-year-old store manager told police that he and a clerk in his store were robbed on their way to deposit the store's money, the last thing he probably expected was to be arrested and charged with theft. Unfortunately for the accused manager, the police in Temple, Texas, had prior experience with phony robbery reports.According to the police, the store manager claimed that they were confronted by an armed robber who hit the clerk in the head with a gun. Police investigating the October robbery report became suspicious of the story. Eventually, another worker at the store confessed his involvement in the scheme and agreed to cooperate with the police. In exchange for his cooperation, prosecutors offered the worker a sentence of probation.

Fleeing passenger charged with drug delivery offense

When police stop a vehicle for violation of the traffic laws, it may not be the driver who ends up being charged with violating the law. That is what happened recently when police stopped a car in San Angelo, Texas, and arrested a passenger on drug delivery charges after he got out of the car and attempted to flee. Police did not arrest the driver and another passenger.Police traffic stops are often a pretext to investigate other, more serious offenses. Police do not have the right under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to stop a car without reasonable cause to believe the driver has violated the law. A violation of the traffic laws gives the police the right to stop the vehicle and talk to the driver and other occupants of the vehicle. Sometimes, as in the San Angelo incident, an occupant makes the police officer's job easier by attempting to flee the scene and dropping a gun and drugs as he does so.

Man guilty in racial bias assault charges in Midland County

The United States Constitution guarantees a person prosecuted on a criminal charge the right to have an attorney represent them. Criminal defense attorneys learn early in their training that regardless of the weight of the evidence against their clients, every individual is entitled to be represented to the best of the attorney's abilities. Sometimes, the measure of success of the defense attorney in representing a client is not in the verdict but is seen in other aspects of the case.An example of this was the recent prosecution of a man on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Midland County criminal case involved the parking lot assault of a victim selected based on a bias or prejudice because of race. The jury in the case took just 2.5 hours to return a guilty verdict after a trial that began on a Monday and ended on Wednesday.

Odessa trucker facing prison sentence for secret cargo

A 37-year old truck driver from Odessa, Texas, could be spending the next 10 years sitting in a prison cell instead of the cab of his truck following his guilty plea to drug delivery charges. The defendant was caught as a result of an investigation led by law enforcement agencies from several states and the federal government into a drug smuggling operation with ties to Mexico.According to the charges, the defendant transported legitimate cargo across the country; however, cocaine was hidden in his truck on trips from Arizona to Ohio. Cash from the sale of drugs was hidden in his truck for the return trip to Arizona. The trucker's secret cargo caught the attention of law enforcement when he tried to recruit another driver to work with him. The other driver soon became an FBI informant.

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