“‘Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far.’ The shameful, horrifying errors were uncovered in a massive, three-year review by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project. Following revelations published in recent years, the two groups are helping the government with the country’s largest ever post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.
Chillingly, as the Post continues, ‘the cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death.’ Of these defendants, 14 have already been executed or died in prison.”
Even before former FBI Director James Comey’s explosive congressional testimony on Thursday, politicians and experts on both sides of the aisle were floating the idea of impeachment.
But after Comey’s damning claims about the President pressuring him behind closed doors to end the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the questions are swirling about whether or not the president obstructed justice by interfering with the FBI investigation and whether or not he could be charged.
Joseph A. Bondy, a criminal defense lawyer in New York who is not involved with the investigation or hearing, was circumspect about the possibility of an obstruction of justice charge. Read more (6/8/17)
Now that the election results are in, the question still remains whether Gianforte will be convicted of assault. Two Montana criminal lawyers contacted by Mic differed over whether it was likely to happen.
“Montana’s assault statute is very broad,” Brett Schandelson, of Tipp Coburn Schandelson P.C., said in an interview. The statute covers both threatening words and threatening actions. “It doesn’t seem there’s any dispute that he actually placed hands on Jacobs,” he said. “It does appear that there’s a prima facie case of assault.” Read more (5/26/17)
Gianforte may have won, but experts warn the GOP not to take the victory as a sign their party will fare well in the 2018 midterm elections.
Political analysts say Gianforte’s six-point win over Democrat Rob Quist shows proof of eroding GOP support, given that Trump carried the state by a 20-point margin in the election a little more than six months ago.
A swing of that size in such a short period of time suggests a climate that could put Republican control of the House in jeopardy. Read more (5/26/17)
Picture says it all. Csers think it’s romantic and ok and sexy to ask your partner to stop drinking and for him to completely ignore you and continue to get drunk.
Not to mention Emma is terrier of Hook being upset with her. Why? Because last time she upset him he tried to kill her family. No wonder the girl is desperate to cater to all his whims going so far as to pretend she loves him and wants to marry him. Did you all see how she looks? She looks like a corpse. Compare s1 Emma with s6 and be honest on how awful she looks since she started dating her abusive boyfriend.
Someone is setting up these kids shipping cs to end up in abusive relationships. If you don’t know what to do in life become a family or criminal lawyer. All these poor fuckers that think cs is romantic will need one by the time you finish law school.
HOUSTON- A video released Monday shows John Hernandez – the 24-year-old who died after a confrontation with a Harris County deputy’s husband outside a Denny’s restaurant – struggling on the ground while being held in a chokehold by the man. The footage was captured by a concerned citizen who recorded the incident, despite being told by the deputy to stop filming.
The video, which is disturbing to watch, is confirmation of a cover up, according to the Hernandez family attorney.
“This is what witnesses have been saying all along,” said Randall Kallinen, a civil rights lawyer. “The Harris County deputies actively tried to cover up the killing at the scene and let a killer go free because he was married to a deputy.”
Hernandez died Wednesday after being taken off life support at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. His family made the tough decision to remove breathing tubes after it was determined by doctors that Hernandez was brain dead.
The family is now seeking justice and feels that his death could have been prevented.
Investigators said the deputy’s husband drove up to a Denny’s restaurant in the 17700 block of the Crosby Freeway on Sunday at around 11:40 p.m. His children were in the car with him as they waited to meet with his wife, an HCSO deputy who was off-duty at the time.
While waiting in the parking lot, deputies said the husband saw Hernandez urinating in public and went to verbally confront the man about his behavior. Officers said the argument escalated to a physical altercation. Moments later, the deputy, who was off-duty at the time, arrived in a separate vehicle.
Video clearly shows the deputy’s husband on top of Hernandez’s back with a strong chokehold around his neck. Hernandez is seen on the video kicking his back legs, and making audible sounds of struggle.
The husband would not let go. The deputy began telling the person capturing footage of the fight to stop recording her husband because it was “illegal.”
The deputy allegedly called the Sheriff’s office for backup and emergency medical services before helping her husband restrain Hernandez, investigators said.
The man did not get off of Hernandez until he stopped moving. When the deputy realized Hernandez was not breathing, she began to perform CPR on him until paramedics arrived, witnesses said.
Neither the deputy nor her husband were injured during the altercation, authorities said. No charges have been filed at this time.
The deputy will remain on active duty while Internal Affairs investigates her involvement in the incident, the sheriff’s office said.
The Hernandez family is left in disbelief, and says the attack happened in front of Hernandez’s young daughter.
“John’s 3-year-old daughter witnessed the killing and begged the killer to stop hitting her daddy,” the girl’s mother, Maria Toral, said.
Kallinen has demanded the sheriff’s office allow an independent, outside investigation of the death.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez didn’t beat around the bush regarding how the internal investigation may look to the public, but added he’s confident in the office’s ability to be transparent, thorough and unbiased. He also assured that the deputy’s husband was not receiving preferential treatment because of his wife’s position.
Gonzalez said the investigation is still in its early stages, and the Sheriff’s office doesn’t want to rush to any quick judgments.
“[It] was an altercation that occurred between two parties, and obviously, it was fatal for Mr. Hernandez, unfortunately,” Gonzalez said. “But part of [the investigation] is to see what led to that. What was the actual cause? That’s why we could look at video footage, but a medical examiner needs to tell us this was cause of death, this is what led to the death. Not, yes, he died. But, he was on top? Was there another health issue? There’s different factors in this type of case.”
Attorneys for the Hernandez family and several witnesses say the video leaves no doubt as to what caused the young father’s death.
“An anonymous concerned citizen brought me the video because he said it shows murder,” said criminal defense lawyer Jack Carroll, “I concur.”
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:
“Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators are aware of the cell phone video that was made public today. The investigation into the death of John Hernandez remains a high priority and will be referred to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for consideration in a timely manner.”