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November 2018 Archives

What to do if one parent is jeopardizing a child's safety

Texas parents who are concerned about their child's safety with the other parent during a divorce may not always have an easy time convincing a court that the other parent's access to the child should be blocked. One man, who said he had always been his 7-year-old son's main caregiver, was worried that his wife would drink and drive with the child in the car. He was also concerned about the fact that their son was with her and that she had cut off contact.

First Step Act could help thousands of inmates

The First Step Act is a criminal justice bill that could help reform prisons in Texas and across the United States. The bill is the first step in what many believe to be the beginning of prison reform and has been hailed by both the president and the American Civil Liberties Union. There are several components of the bill that could help thousands of individuals who are currently in prison.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner officially end marriage

Not everyone in Texas pays attention to celebrity couples and their marital woes. However, the situation involving Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner is a perfect example of the circumstances that can determine the direction a relationship takes. The two stars met while making the 2003 film "Daredevil" together. After dating for a few years, the actors tied the knot in 2005. Following a decade together, the award-winning stars decided to separate in 2015, reportedly because of Affleck's infidelity.

The Presumption of Innocence and Coping with Felony Charges

The justice system in the United States of America is built upon the founding principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence. We all know these by heart: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is precisely because of America's reverence to individual freedom that our justice system hinges upon the presumption of innocence. This principle is an individual right guaranteed to every person in the United States and it asserts that an accused person is, in fact, innocent until proven guilty. There are standards for this too. Guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This entails corroborating evidence, witnesses, and a factual case. The burden of proof is on the accuser and they have the task of proving to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the accusations are substantial and based on truth.

2 men arrested after police drug raids

Police in Texas arrested two people, seizing guns and drugs, after they carried out search warrants in two separate homes in Temple. On Oct. 31, they searched one home, where they say they found 2 grams of methamphetamine, 5 ounces of marijuana, over 40 Xanax pills and more than 500 ecstasy pills. They also found $3,000 in cash and a Glock 42 handgun, confiscating both. According to police, the drugs had a street value of $17,000. The sole person in the home at the time was arrested and taken to the Bell County Sheriff's Office.

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