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Perry: Texas Won’t Comply With Federal Prison Rape Law

Texas will not comply with parts of a federal law designed to eliminate prison rape, Gov. Rick Perry said in a letter to the U.S. Attorney General, calling the rules too costly and an infringement on state rights.

04/01/2014

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Texas Supreme Court Halts Release Of Drug Supplier

The Texas Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a lower court’s order that the state prison agency must tell attorneys for two death row inmates the name of the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs.

03/28/2014

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Texas Must Tell Attorneys Execution Drug Supplier

Attorneys for two Texas inmates who would be the first executed with a replenished stockpile of execution drugs are challenging the prison agency’s position that the supplier of the new batch should be kept secret.

03/27/2014

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5 Texas Inmates Sickened By Synthetic Pot

Five inmates at an East Texas jail have been hospitalized after smoking a synthetic marijuana cigarette that was smuggled into the lockup.

03/11/2014

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85 Years For Admitted Lake Highlands Serial Rapist

A North Texas man confessed to being the serial rapist who terrorized the Lake Highlands area last year. Today Cesar Benitez learned his fate. A judge sentenced Benitez to 85 years in prison.

CBSDFW.COM–03/07/2014

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Dallas Man Gets 25 Years For Producing Child Porn

Federal prosecutors say a Dallas man found with more than 2,500 images and videos of child pornography has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

03/05/2014

Los Angeles To Not Enforce Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries

Dallas Drug Smuggler Gets 20 Years In Prison

A convicted felon from Dallas has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a deadly drug smuggling and weapons case.

02/10/2014

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Ex-Police Chief Admits Misusing Crime Data System

A former East Texas police chief has pleaded guilty to abusing access to a crime database at the request of a drug trafficking suspect.

01/23/2014

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Family Shares Story Of Abuse; Hopes To Help Others

At a park in Mineral Wells, Peggy and Robert Crutsinger say they’re healing slowly alongside their two young sons. Both boys were molested by a close family friend.

01/10/2014

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Sculptor Pays Homage To Prisoner Wrongfully Convicted Of Rape

Sculptor Eddie Dixon is creating a bronze sculpture of a man wrongfully convicted of rape and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

12/29/2013

Ethan Couch, 16, has been sentenced to 10 years probation for a June 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people and severely injured two others.  (credit: CBS 11 News)

Lt. Gov. Calls For Tougher Sentences After Couch Case

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Thursday called on a state Senate committee to study sentences for intoxication manslaughter cases after a teenager received probation for a wreck that killed four people.

CBS 11–12/19/2013

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Inmate Guilty Of Trying To Have North Texas Judge Killed

A federal inmate has been found guilty of trying to hire someone to kill a North Texas federal judge.

12/11/2013

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