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Threat of wrongful conviction looms large for criminal defendants

Wrongful convictions may be high on a person's mind when they are charged with a crime in Texas. While many people grow up with a belief in the fairness of the criminal justice system, that belief can be easily challenged through firsthand experience or by learning about some of the prominent cases of wrongful conviction that have taken place. Some exonerations make major news, especially when DNA is used to show that a person convicted years ago of a serious crime like rape or murder is actually innocent. However, most wrongful convictions to not attract the level of attention given to these key cases.

Teens and Designer Drugs: A Criminal Defense Attorney Weighs In

While you may not be familiar with the phrase "designer drug," you've probably heard of drugs like ecstasy and rohypnol-both of which are common examples of designer drugs. Essentially, a designer drug has similar chemical and physical qualities to another controlled substance and is designed to mimic the effects of that controlled substance. A big factor that differentiates designer drugs from other drugs like marijuana is that, because of their similarity to common pharmaceuticals, they aren't often detected during drug testing.

Supreme Court to hear case about cellphones and privacy

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a case that could have implications for Texas residents and other Americans. The question in the case is whether police can obtain location information collected by cellphones and stored by service providers. Carpenter v. United States involves criminals who stole smartphones from Radio Shack locations in Ohio and Michigan. After stealing the phones, they were then sold on the black market.

Study reveals that prosecutors treat black defendants worse

There has long been a racial divide in Texas among people who are charged with crimes. Numerous studies have shown that blacks are arrested and charged with crimes disproportionately over whites even though both races have an equal likelihood of engaging in criminal conduct. A new study shows that institutional racism also extends into the justice system, affecting plea offers, sentences and bonds.

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