- A court has ordered DNA testing in Kerry Max Cook's case, potentially presaging a long overdue habeas writ based on actual innocence for the Tyler man who spent 19 years on death row.
- A prosecutor in El Paso allegedly took bribes to dismiss family violence cases.
- More on the lawsuit alleging employment retaliation by former TDCJ flack Michelle Lyons.
- Dallas PD has ceased using spike strips to end high-speed chases because of dangers to officers and the public. Fort Worth may follow suit: “As pursuit policies become more restrictive resulting in their reductions, stop sticks may be phased out throughout all of law enforcement,” Fort Worth police spokesman Pedro Criado said in an email. “It’s not worth injuring or killing an officer over. The debate has reached the Fort Worth Police Department.”
- A judge upheld the Texas prison system's ban on certain politically oriented books brought by Prison Legal News. Reportedly, "TDCJ has approved about 80,000 of more than 92,000 books sent to its inmates"
- Suing for a false police tip: After a false allegation regarding mass graves on their property last year from a purported psychic, a Liberty County couple has "filed a lawsuit against the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the woman who first called in with a tip, and a number of media outlets that allegedly reported that dozens of bodies, including those of children, had been discovered"
- See a story on a Mexican-born artist/printmaker portraying Juárez drug war violence.
- The Christian Broadcasting Network, of all sources, has come out with a series titled "Nation of Criminals." Here are the titles so far:
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Suing over false police tips, why Dallas PD quit using spike strips, Kerry Cook gets DNA test, and more
Just a few odds and ends that didn't make it this week into their own, full posts:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 5:24 AM