Things got a bit dicey there for a little while when Texas law enforcement realized the new definition of hemp potentially changed the way possession of marijuana cases would he handled. Now, anything with not more than .3% THC is hemp. Go to:
and click on Bill Text to read the bill.
Above .3% THC, it's illegal. Now, forensic experts are weighing in on how to move forward with marijuana cases. The catch is that because the amount of THC is specifically quantified in the definition, many defense attorneys and defendants will argue that prosecutors need to prove the precise amount of THC present in cannabis for any possession of marijuana case. The argument is that if the precise amount can't be proven, then it could be hemp. See the following article:
In 2017, numbers showed that 75% of people in custody in Texas were awaiting trial and therefore not yet convicted (see article here). So the question is, what factors should be considered when setting bail? The facts of the crime? The ability to make bail? etc.
"The bipartisan legislation filed Monday aims to help poor, low-level defendants get out of jail on free bonds and keep in jail those thought to be flight risks or threats to public safety. The proposed risk-assessment tool would have to be used within two days of arrest to help judges determine the defendant’s level of risk based on criminal history, not just the current offense. The bills are similar to last session’s, when legislation passed the Senate but died before reaching the House floor." (see article here)
Come March 2019, sexually oriented businesses in Texas will be required to post a sign in each bathroom with the contact information for the National Human Traffic Resource Center. This Center has received over 15,000 calls from Texas since 2017. See the article HERE. A violation of this statute will result in a Class C Misdemeanor. Do you think this measure will help in identifying and reducing human trafficking?
A Texas Court will decide whether a public office, such as a police department, can block a citizen from posting on the office's page. A citizen had criticized the Hunt County Sheriff's Office on their Facebook page and later discovered she was blocked from the page. The basis for criticizing the Sheriff's Department is explained in this article.
Nueces County elected District Attorney isn't what you'd generally picture when you think of the show Law and Order. Mark Gonzalez has tattoos on his arms and is in a database as a member of a bike club considered to be a gang by police. See article below. Many consider him and others a new wave of criminal justice reform. What do you think? Comments welcome...
Today, at lunch, out in front of Best Buy people have set up camp for Black Friday...on Tuesday. Is this amazing strategy or completely ridiculous? Should Best Buy or The Woodlands Township allow people to camp out in front of stores? Not a big deal, just business as usual or excessive? I'd be interested to hear your feedback.
A 69-year-old Dutch man wants to subtract 20 years from his age, permanently. He has petitioned a Court to allow his birth certificate to be changed to reflect an age of 49 instead of 69. He feels this would improve his life and his dating game. Comparisons have been drawn to gender identity. What do you think?
Sutherland Springs families are suing the Air Force for failing to report the shooter's past crimes to a Federal database. Had they reported his crimes, he wouldn't have passed the background check in order to buy guns.
Support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. has reached a new high of 66%, according to an article in The Motley Fool. See article here. Many states have some form of marijuana legalization, whether it be legalization of THC or legalization of CBD oil, which often contains very low amounts of THC. Texas currently has a limited form of legalization for a specific medical purpose. What do you think?
Fired Prosecutor Claims he was terminated for refusing to withhold evidence. Now he's receiving aid from the Texas Innocence Project for his suit for wrongful termination. See article here...The issue in the case is whether a County District Attorney's Office is immune from being sued.