Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing has long been heralded as the "gold star" of evidence among both law enforcement officers and juries. In a world where television magic has convinced most people that DNA is always subjected to exacting tests and provides incontrovertible evidence of someone's guilt or innocence, it's easy to understand why jurors convicted a Texas man of murder based on the genetic material found under the victim's fingernails.
If you were faced with an armed robber, would your mind be on the gun or the robber's face? If you saw a shooting in the middle of a street, what would attract your attention more: The flash of the muzzle when the gun goes off or the actions of the shooter?
Did a Texas woman really subject her young son to 13 unnecessary surgeries and dozens of pointless doctor's visits and hospital trips?
The concept of justifiable homicide as an act of self-defense has been in the news lately, mostly due to the trial of a Dallas police officer who killed a man when she mistook his apartment for her own.
There are several differences between the types of charges that can result from a homicide -- and it's in your best interest to understand the shades of meaning as well as you can if you've been accused.
Everyone in America is promised equal treatment under the law.
Dallas has a crime problem -- and Governor Greg Abbott isn't going to let it continue.
If a loved one has been charged with committing a violent crime, they may have to be incarcerated while they await trial. If they make a plea deal or are found guilty, they may spend months or even years behind bars.