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June 2019 Archives

AI systems may not be fair to criminal defendants

Artificial intelligence is becoming more and more important as automation takes over many tasks and algorithms make trillions of decisions every day. Even the criminal justice system is impacted by the use of AI, as algorithms are often used to make assessments of defendants. People in Texas who are charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty, but AI technology like risk-assessment tools can make determinations that are disadvantageous to defendants.

Texas finally legalizes CBD products, hemp production

On June 10, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signed a new law that clarifies which CBD products can be legally sold in the state. The new law, which went into immediate effect, also permits Texas farmers to grow federally-approved industrial hemp crops.

Intoxicated driving includes drugs, too

When it comes to DWI, you may think the law only applies to driving after drinking alcohol. While this does tend to be the focus, Texas law declares that intoxication actually covers all drugs and substances that alter your normal physical and mental abilities.

Texas quarterback facing drug, DWI and weapons charges

The University of Texas at El Paso has suspended starting quarterback Kai Locksley after learning that he was taken into custody on June 8. The 22-year-old athlete faces a raft of charges including drug possession, driving while intoxicated, carrying a weapon unlawfully and making a terroristic threat. Media reports indicate that he was released from the El Paso County Jail shortly after his arrest after posting a bond of $2,900.

Marijuana discovered in Texas city official's home

Media outlets have reported that the Wichita Falls deputy city manager submitted his resignation after a search of his residence led to the discovery and seizure of marijuana and evidence of marijuana growing. Law enforcement officers from several agencies took part in the May 28 search, but the man was not taken into custody at the scene and no charges have been filed against him.

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