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Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Says Hate Crime Sentencing Enhancements Depend on Intent

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

In 2001, Texas enacted the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act in honor of a black man who was killed by white supremacists in 1998. This law lets prosecutors pursue sentencing enhancement when they prosecute cases that allege that the perpetrator of a crime committed that crime intentionally and out of a bias towards the victim’s perceived gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, disability, or religion. The law is intended to discourage hate crimes, but some say that the passage of the law has not resulted in many hate crime convictions despite the fact that many cases get reported as possible hate crimes.

Between 2010 and 2015, nine hundred and eighty-one cases were reported to police throughout the state of Texas as potential hate crimes. Only eight of those cases were successfully prosecuted as hate crimes. There are a few possible explanations for why the number of hate crime prosecutions is so low in comparison to the number of incidents that get reported as possible hate crimes. There are cases in which a crime is alleged, but there is insufficient evidence for any conviction, let alone an enhanced sentence based on the perpetrator’s intent. There are also cases in which the underlying crime is successfully prosecuted, but the sentencing enhancement is not successful because of a lack of evidence regarding the perpetrator’s intent. Sometimes, an incident gets reported as a possible hate crime and prosecutors choose not to allege a hate crime and thereby forego pursuing the sentencing enhancement. Sometimes, the problem is that an incident gets reported, such as vandalism, and no suspect is ever apprehended.

All of the reasons why many more possible hate crimes get reported than are successfully prosecuted reveals that the hate crime legislation may not be accomplishing its intended purpose of deterring hate crimes. The process for pursuing sentencing enhancement for possible hate crimes is simple and straightforward. When police officers file a crime report, they can check a box to indicate whether it is possible that the crime was motivated by bias. When the case gets referred to prosecutors, the prosecutors must first decide if a crime occurred. If a crime did occur, the prosecutors must then determine whether to attach a hate crime enhancement.

Unfortunately, the simplicity of the process for pursuing sentencing enhancement does not make obtaining sentencing enhancement any easier. Motivation is very tough to prove. Most crimes require only proof that the defendant was acting knowingly, recklessly, intentionally, or in a criminally negligent manner. Proving that the crime was motivated by hate requires evidence of motivation, which can be difficult to obtain. In the cases where hate crimes have been prosecuted successfully, circumstantial evidence often provides the necessary support for a conclusion that the crime was motivated by hate.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Defending the Accused in Texas

If you are charged with a crime, a Texas criminal defense attorney can help you know what your options are and decide what to do next. If you got arrested in Texas and you have a criminal law question, call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. You can also connect with us through our convenient online contact form.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Proposed Legislation That Would Address Cyberbullying

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Cyberbullying is not that new of a concept, but more and more states are taking steps to address it more aggressively. Soon, Texas’s cyberbullying rules may also get an update, thanks to House Bill 306, which is likely to have a hearing in March. House Bill 306 would improve upon current cyberbullying rules by providing clearer definitions of what bullying and cyberbullying are and setting up a clear set of directions for how school systems and the courts can address them.

Many states have been strengthening their cyberbullying rules because the rules that they had in place were not addressing the problem as well as they had hoped that they would. Cyberbullying is still a major issue, and it is a dangerous problem because some of the people who are targets of cyberbullying commit suicide. The states are hoping to reduce the number of suicides related to cyberbullying by getting schools more involved in detecting and addressing cyberbullying regardless of when and where it occurs. For example, in Texas, the current laws do not allow schools to address bullying incidents that happen outside of school hours. The proposed legislation would allow schools to get involved in dealing with any bullying or cyberbullying that they become aware of, regardless of when and where it occurs.

The proposed legislation would also allow all types of schools to design policies to address bullying and cyberbullying. That would encourage each school to educate its students about cyberbullying and also assess the extent to which it is occurring within that school. In addition to whatever consequences the schools might choose to set for bullying or cyberbullying, the proposed legislation would make bullying anyone under the age of eighteen a Class A Misdemeanor. The legislation also contains a provision that would enable the family of a victim of bullying to pursue a civil action against the parents of the bully if the parents are aware of the behavior and are refusing to put a stop to it.

The proposed legislation also contains practical strategies for stopping bullying as soon as possible after it begins. For example, attorneys and investigators would have more authority to interact with the administrators of social media sites to determine the identities of bullies who attempt to avoid detection by using anonymous accounts and social media profiles. It is important that authorities be able to act quickly because critical evidence could get deleted if they do not get to it in time.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Preserving the Rights of Texas Defendants

Criminal law is in a state of constant change. Definitions of offenses are continually getting updated, and new offense categories are being added. Penalties also vary from time to time, so if you were charged with an offense in the past and you are charged with that same type of offense again, you may not be able to predict what the outcome will be based upon your experience. A seasoned Texas criminal defense attorney continually educates themselves about the changing landscape of Texas criminal law so that they are always ready to present the best defense on behalf of their clients. If you have a Texas criminal law question, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499, or connect with us through our convenient online contact form.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Talks about Legislation That Could Change the Minimum Age for Prosecution

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Did you know that only seven states prosecute seventeen-year-olds as adults? Did you know that Texas is one of those states? It’s true. In Texas, a seventeen-year-old who gets charged with a crime can be prosecuted as an adult and sent to serve their sentence along with the adult population in the county jail. That could change soon, though, if two recently introduced bills pass. The bills would change the age of adulthood in Texas to eighteen, which is also the federally recognized age of adulthood, as set by a series of decisions by the United States Supreme Court.

Changing the age of adulthood to eighteen could impact a lot of lives. For example, over twenty thousand individuals who would have been considered juveniles got prosecuted as adults in Texas in 2015. Raising the age of adulthood would result in an increase in juvenile arrests that matches the decrease in adult arrests, which would in turn place a greater demand on the juvenile justice system while reducing the number of individuals in the adult prison system. Proponents of the bills say that the overall effect over time could be a reduction in the demand on both the juvenile justice system and the adult prison system due to the participation of juvenile offenders in rehabilitation programs which would reduce the likelihood that the will commit additional offenses as juveniles and as adults. If the bills pass, there would also be an immediate effect of relief on county jails throughout the state, because under current law seventeen-year-old inmates are not permitted to be housed with the general inmate population. The current situation puts a strain on available space, human resources, and financial resources, where changing the age of adulthood would provide those resources for seventeen-year-old offenders through the state’s juvenile facilities.

The types of offenses that most seventeen-year-olds get arrested for in Texas are nonviolent crimes like possession of marijuana and misdemeanor theft. When juveniles who commit these offenses engage in rehabilitation programs that are made available to them through the juvenile justice system, they often become healthier and more successful overall, and more likely to avoid future offenses

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Working Hard to Protect the Rights of Texas Defendants

A change in the age of adulthood could result in a change in the way that your case gets handled if you are seventeen years old when you get arrested. Whatever your age, know that you do not have to navigate the juvenile justice system or the adult criminal justice system alone. If you have been arrested, it is likely that you have many questions and concerns. An experienced Texas criminal defense attorney can help you protect your rights and understand the processes and procedures that apply to your case. To learn more, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you may contact us online through our convenient online contact form.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Talks about Inappropriate Relationships between Teachers and Students

Friday, January 6th, 2017

With any crime, the consequences that an individual may face if they are convicted can be far-reaching and can affect numerous areas of their life. One category of offenses that can dramatically affect a person’s career is sex offenses, especially if the individual has a job that involves working with children.

Some examples of situations in which prosecutions for sex offenses have affected careers are the cases involving inappropriate relationships between teachers and students. This category of cases is becoming more and more common in Texas, where some of the incidents that have occurred have made it to national news headlines.

There has been such a dramatic rise in allegations of inappropriate teacher-student relationships over the past few years that the Governor has called for new legislation to be passed sometime this year. Between 2013 and 2016, the number of prosecutions for inappropriate relationships between teachers and students increased by sixty percent.

Not all cases involving inappropriate relationships between teachers and students make the news, but one recent case has been receiving a large amount of national attention. In 2016, a former teacher was having a relationship with a thirteen-year-old student, and she became pregnant. The woman was charged with continuous sexual assault of a child; however, she reached a plea bargain by admitting to having committed the crime of aggravated sexual assault on a child. She could be sentenced to prison for up to thirty years for that lesser offense. If she had been convicted of continuous sexual assault of a child, she could have faced life in prison.

The Texas Education Agency wants lawmakers to pass legislation that will require school districts to revoke the teaching licenses of sex offenders, impose criminal penalties on superintendents who fail to report improper relationships, and compel witnesses to testify. The Agency would also like to receive funds to hire investigators to look into all allegations of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students. Currently, school districts can fire teachers who have had inappropriate relationships with students, but they are not yet able to revoke their licenses. The Agency hopes that stricter rules might encourage teachers to think more carefully before engaging in any conduct that could possibly be inappropriate because they would know that there is a lot at stake.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Helping Texans Fight for their Rights

Unfortunately, although some of the allegations of inappropriate teacher-student relationships have led to the prosecution of educators who have engaged in inappropriate conduct, there have also been some false accusations. Even though the contemplated legislation has not yet been passed, there is a lot at stake for any educator who is accused of having any sort of inappropriate relationship. If you are alleged to have any type of inappropriate relationship with a student, you are likely to have many questions and concerns. An experienced Texas criminal defense attorney can help you protect your rights. To learn more, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you may contact us online.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Talks about Organized Crime

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Two of the dozen or more individuals who are allegedly involved in an organized crime ring recently entered guilty pleas. One man received a fifteen-year prison sentence, and the other was sentenced to twenty-eight years in prison for his role in stealing approximately eighty thousand dollars’ worth of ATVs.  A third individual is alleged to have participated directly in the theft, and about ten other people were allegedly involved in indirect ways before, during, and after the theft took place.

The two men, along with a couple of accomplices, participated in a similar ATV theft one week after the first theft, this time in Louisiana. After an anonymous tip set into motion a chain of events that included gathering evidence and arresting accomplices, authorities were able to unravel the details of the ATV thefts and make connections between those crimes and other ATV thefts and rooftop burglaries which had occurred throughout several states.

The two men were apprehended earlier this year, and at the time of their arrest, authorities seized cell phones which provided multiple types of evidence that implicated them in the organized crime activities for which they recently entered guilty pleas.

Some crimes are isolated incidents, but other crimes are part of something more complicated. When people work together to plan and carry out a series of crimes, they are subject to organized crime charges in addition to charges for whatever criminal activities they have allegedly participated in. Chapter 71 of the Texas Penal Code describes organized crime and sets out the penalty scheme for various activities that fall into the category of organized crime. Basically, a defendant who is accused of any crime or any combination of crimes can also be accused of being a part of organized criminal activity if it can be shown that they committed the crime or combination of crimes “with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination or as a member of a criminal street gang”. (Texas Penal Code Section 71.02)

It is important that people understand that actual participation in the crimes is not a prerequisite for organized crime charges. In addition to direct involvement or indirect involvement, an individual may be charged with conspiring to commit organized crime.

Sometimes, one or more of the people who are participating in an organized crime scheme withdraw fully from it before it is completed. Some of these people may even go so far as to renounce their involvement in it, and they might even inform authorities of the plans that had been made. Renunciation is a defense to organized crime charges, but just like any other defense to any crime, its effectiveness is directly tied to the facts of the situation.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Defending Texans against Criminal Charges

If you have been charged with organized crime, you need someone in your corner who can safeguard your rights and build the best possible case on your behalf. If you have been charged with organized crime and you have questions, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you may contact us online.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Explains the Rules for Keeping Exotic Pets in Texas

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

If you like wild animals like exotic cats, bears, or primates, you may have wondered whether you can keep one as a pet. In Texas, people may keep some dangerous wild animals like tigers, jaguars, lynx, coyotes, monkeys, and other similar animals as pets provided that the individual who is keeping the animal applies for a permit to do so and renews that permit annually.

A woman was recently arrested and charged with theft and child endangerment after it was discovered that she was keeping dangerous animals in her home. She had sold one of the animals, a Savannah kitten, to a man in California, but he never received the kitten because she claimed that it was sick. The woman fled to Nevada with her daughter and the animals, presumably because she feared that she would be found out. She was located in Nevada; the animals were confiscated, and authorities took her into custody.

Since it is illegal to keep dangerous wild animals as pets without registering them, it is important for would-be exotic pet owners to know about the requirements for registration. The rules appear in the Texas Health and Safety Code, and the registration requirement appears in § 822.103, which specifies, among other things that a person may not keep a dangerous wild animal unless they obtain a certificate of registration from the applicable animal registration agency. Registration certificates are not transferable, applicants may have to pay a fee, and certificates must be renewed annually.

When someone wants to apply for permission to keep a dangerous wild animal, they must provide information about themselves, information about the animal that they wish to own, information about where the animal will live and its enclosure, and give permission for the agency that would issue the application to inspect the animal and its home to ensure that it is being kept safe and taken care of. If the person gets permission to keep the animal and the animal attacks someone, the owner must notify the agency that issued the registration certificate right away.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Defending Texans against Criminal Charges

Texas has more permissive rules for keeping dangerous wild animals as pets than many other states do. However, there are laws that govern the keeping of these animals, and they must be followed to protect the health and safety of the animals and other humans. Failing to register your exotic pet could not only cost you your pet, but it could also carry financial and other penalties that you can avoid by following the registration and renewal requirements. If you make a mistake and fail to register your animal or to renew your registration, speak with an attorney right away. Your Texas criminal defense attorney has a working understanding of the law, and they will use that knowledge to build a strong case on your behalf. If you have been charged with keeping a dangerous wild animal in violation of the law or with some other crime related to animals and you have questions, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you may contact us online.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Talks about DNA Evidence

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The use of DNA evidence in criminal cases continues to increase, as does the amount of research that dedicated to understanding how it works and how to use it responsibly. Recent concerns regarding the probabilities that scientists use and prosecutors rely upon in explaining the degree of conclusiveness associated with DNA evidence may lead to a reopening of thousands of criminal case verdicts across the state.

The science of the collection and analysis of DNA evidence is constantly changing and evolving. The evolution of our knowledge about DNA and how to use it as evidence is, of course, a positive thing. As is the case with any other scientific issue, the movement towards a greater understanding of the issue is the very aim of the scientific process. Unfortunately, as our knowledge and experience with DNA evidence increases, we sometimes learn that we have not been able to determine things with the degree of certainty that we had thought that we could.

The advancements that scientists have made regarding the probability by which a particular DNA profile appears at random in the population cast doubt on the current probabilities described to jurors in association with the use of DNA samples in cases where DNA from two or more people was present at the crime scene. These cases are commonly referred to as “mixed” DNA cases. DNA evidence is often described as being a type of evidence that can help jurors answer the question of how likely it is that a particular event occurred.

The potential implications of the concern regarding the accuracy of the probabilities associated with DNA evidence are serious. Since 1999, there have been more than twenty-five thousand Texas criminal cases involving mixed DNA evidence. It is possible that some of the defendants convicted by juries who analyzed the evidence presented to them after hearing what we now know to be inaccurate statements regarding the credibility and certainty of DNA evidence were wrongfully convicted. If retrials are necessary, the defendants, the crime victims, and their families must all repeat the painful process of reliving the trial and hearing all of the evidence again.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – The Strong Defense That You Need

The concerns regarding the analysis of DNA evidence are not likely to reduce its role in criminal cases. Fortunately, criminal defense attorneys can learn about advances in the field of DNA evidence just as quickly as prosecutors, forensic experts, and others who are involved in the criminal case process. Your criminal defense attorney can stay on top of the most current knowledge regarding DNA evidence and use that knowledge to help you if your case involves DNA evidence. Even if your case does not involve DNA evidence, your Texas Criminal Defense Attorney has an up to date working knowledge of all of the types of evidence used in criminal cases, which they will use to build a strong case on your behalf. If you are charged with any type of crime, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you may contact us online.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Wants You to Take Misdemeanor Charges Seriously

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Defendants charged with misdemeanors sometimes choose to handle their cases on their own without the aid of an attorney. If you are charged with any misdemeanor, please know that facing misdemeanor charges on your own is risky and could result in serious consequences. Fortunately, an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney can reduce the risk of those consequences and help you through each stage of your misdemeanor case from start to finish.

One thing that your attorney will do is help you understand your rights, as well as the process that your misdemeanor case will go through from beginning to end. In addition to helping you understand your rights, your attorney can help you protect those rights and defend them if they have been violated.

Another way in which your attorney will help you is that they can explain the various options for resolving your case. You may be eligible probation or diversion, and those programs may sound appealing. It is important that you fully understand what each of those options entails before you decide which way to proceed with your case so that you can ensure that you are making the best choice for yourself. For example, in some cases, defendants who sign off on probation agreements without understanding what those agreements require of them are at a high risk for violating probation. In other cases, defendants who work with their attorneys to negotiate probation agreements that contain conditions that they feel reasonably confident that they can fulfill are likely to complete probation successfully.

Did you know that the punishments for some misdemeanors are rather severe? Defendants convicted of misdemeanors are subject to fines and/or jail time, and a misdemeanor conviction could also have consequences that can reach far into the future. For example, you could experience difficulties in finding a job, getting public assistance, or finding a place to live. A conviction could even affect your ability to have custody of your children.

In addition to the usual risks that come along with handling a misdemeanor case on one’s own, defendants in Harris County who represent themselves in misdemeanor cases could be unlawfully jailed. County statistics show that only eight and one-half percent of individuals arrested on misdemeanor charges and who are not released without bond before trial may be released on personal bonds. Personal bonds differ from other types of bail bonds because they do not require the use of a bail bondsman or the use of cash. Unfortunately, while those eight and one-half percent of misdemeanor defendants pay their personal bonds and get released and other defendants obtain release before trial without bond, hundreds of other misdemeanor defendants spend time in jail for charges of shoplifting or trespassing because they cannot afford to post bail.

Your Texas criminal defense attorney will help you understand both the short-term and long-term consequences of a conviction. Perhaps even more importantly, they are your best defense against being convicted. If you face misdemeanor charges, call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra today, to schedule a free consultation. Call us at (903) 753-7499, or visit us online to submit a convenient online contact form.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Wrongful Drug Convictions

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

If you have been charged with a drug crime, you are probably rather concerned about how it will impact your present situation as well as your future. If you know that you did not commit the offense, you may be even more worried and you may wonder whether there is any way that you will be able to show the court that you did not commit the offense. This is a real concern because sometimes, individuals are wrongfully convicted of drug crimes.

One example of a wrongful drug crime conviction occurred when a Houston police officer plucked a spot of white powder off the floorboard of the defendant’s car after he had just detailed it. The officer tested the powder with a simple test kit that is known to have a high error rate, and it came back positive for cocaine. No one mentioned that the sample would be tested by a crime lab to double check the officer’s test kit result. Although the driver maintained his innocence, he accepted a plea deal because a conviction could have given him up to thirty years in prison. Seven years later, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office notified him that there had been no cocaine found in the sample. After successfully filing a writ of habeas corpus with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, he was finally exonerated.

Unfortunately, that driver’s story is not the only story where crime lab test results could exonerate a defendant who was convicted of a drug offense. Nearly three hundred similar instances have been revealed by a recent audit of drug cases by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. In all of these cases, roadside tests or officers’ observations were used to establish probable cause for the arrests. While roadside drug tests are not very accurate and cannot be used as evidence, they are still used to establish probable cause which leads to arrest.

In many of the wrongful convictions discovered during the audit, the defendants sat in jail as they awaited trial because they were unable to post bail. Drug offenders, including misdemeanor drug offenders with little or no criminal history, are often required to post bail. Some of these defendants even accepted plea deals to get out of jail faster even though they had done nothing wrong.

One of the effects of the audit was a change in the District Attorney’s policies. Prosecutors generally won’t  accept a guilty plea in a felony drug cases before they receive lab reports that confirm the evidence. However, defendants should know that plea deals are still accepted prior to lab testing in misdemeanor drug cases and in select types of felony cases which enable jailed defendants to qualify for probation.

The reason that test results are not always readily available is that lab officials had implemented system for drug testing that had test results coming back months or even years after the defendant entered their guilty plea. Some test results showed officer errors like misidentification that led to the arrests. Overall, the audit demonstrated that drug case evidence could be flawed, and that is something that each defendant can remember to explore with their attorney as they proceed through the stages of their criminal matter.

Facing drug charges can be tough, but you do not have to go it alone. A knowledgeable East Texas Defense Attorney can help you navigate your criminal case all the way through to its resolution. To learn more, call attorney Alex Tyra today at (903) 753-7499 to schedule your free consultation.


Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Allegations Of Corruption In The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

On June 30, 2016, the Dallas Morning News reported that a Dallas County District Attorney’s Office chief investigator pleaded guilty in federal court to corruption charges. The investigator pleaded guilty to an indictment alleging that he accepted a bribe from a convicted sex offender. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the man for failing to register as a sex offender. However, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the case. An investigation by federal authorities revealed the sex offender paid off the District Attorney’s Office chief investigator in 2013 with a bribe disguised as an opportunity to invest in the sex offender’s business.

Prosecutors are sworn to uphold the Constitution and follow the law. A prosecutor’s job is to fight for justice, not merely a conviction. Winning at all costs is not the calling of a prosecutor. One man embroiled in the District Attorney’s Office bribery scandal, who was a First Assistant District Attorney at the time, defended his actions by claiming he was making the appropriate decision on the case by dismissing a case with insufficient evidence. A prosecutor is ethically bound to dismiss a case lacking evidence.  The former First Assistant stated that he dismissed the failure to register charge because there was not enough proof the defendant committed a crime. From that perspective, it appears that the District Attorney’s Office made the correct decision.

Federal authorities are rarely satisfied by convicting relatively low-hanging fruit. They want to prosecute corruption at the highest levels. Some speculate that the upper-echelon of the District Attorney’s Office is the subject of a federal bribery investigation. The federal judge will sentence the chief investigator in October of this year. The delay in sentencing gives federal law enforcement a chance to investigate the case even further to see how high up the chain of command they can go. The federal authorities can ask the chief investigator to cooperate with their investigation. The sentencing judge can take into consideration at sentencing the chief investigator’s cooperation with federal authorities and reduce the man’s sentence.  As the case stands at this time, the investigator faces a five-year federal prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. The former First Assistant District Attorney under scrutiny for dismissing the sex offender’s case denied further wrongdoing in the District Attorney’s Office.

The question of whether the bribery scandal reaches the executive level is interesting. Commentators question several maneuvers made by the District Attorney’s Office with the sex offender’s case. First, the sex offender was found in Las Vegas. Instead of the Sheriff’s Office bringing the man back to Dallas to face charges, the chief investigator brought the sex offender back. People questioned this procedure because the Sheriff’s Office employs trained deputies to rendite, or bring people to Texas from other states to face prosecution. Rendition does not fall within the chief investigator’s job description.  The bribery scheme was apparently hatched during the return flight from Las Vegas to Dallas. Secondly, the First Assistant District Attorney’s involvement with dismissing the case is out of place.  Many other individuals were capable of making the decision to dismiss the case. People interviewed for the Dallas Morning News’ article stated it was unusual for a higher level assistant district attorney, like a First Assistant, to be involved with those decisions but it did happen occasionally.  Further investigation can resolve those questions. It is important to note that the former First Assistant vehemently denied any wrongdoing by him or others in his office.

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