A History of the Death Penalty

Texas Death Penalty Cases

The First Death Penalty Case The first death penalty to take place happened in 1608 in Jamestown, Virginia. The recipient of this punishment was Captain George Kendall who was executed for being a spy for Spain. Punishment by death was common in Europe at the time. Several executions took place in the various colonies in … Read moreA History of the Death Penalty

Death Penalty in Texas: Hernandez-Llanas’ Execution Set Today

Death Penalty in Texas

Texas intends to execute Mexican National Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, for murder and rape, tonight at 6 pm. Hernandez is a Mexican citizen who was convicted of beating a man to death and repeatedly raping his wife at knife point. The execution will take place in Huntsville. If the execution goes as scheduled, Hernandez would be the … Read moreDeath Penalty in Texas: Hernandez-Llanas’ Execution Set Today

Upskirting: A Look at Massachusetts and Texas

Improper Photography in Texas

Earlier this month Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that it is not illegal to secretly photograph under a person’s clothing.1 This practice is known as “upskirting” and takes place when a person tries to capture a picture up an individual’s skirt without their consent or knowledge. Despite efforts to prosecute the act, the high court ruled … Read moreUpskirting: A Look at Massachusetts and Texas

Mandatory Blood Draw Upheld Despite Error in Criminal History

After a person has been arrested for DWI, one of the ways an officer can lawfully obtain blood under Texas Transportation Code section 724.012 is when there is reliable information from a credible source that the suspect has two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated.  What constitutes “reliable information from a credible source?” Lyssy v. … Read moreMandatory Blood Draw Upheld Despite Error in Criminal History

Is Flashing (Your Headlights) Protected under the First Amendment?

Many motorists recognize that when drivers flash their headlights they need to be looking out for something. More often than not, the message behind the flashing lights is that there is a police officer conducting traffic enforcement ahead. In different areas of the country, the act of flashing your headlights to warn of an officer … Read moreIs Flashing (Your Headlights) Protected under the First Amendment?