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August 2019 Archives

Determining if an eyewitness picks a guilty suspect

When Texas residents witness a crime, they may be asked to view a lineup or an array of photos in order to identify the individual who committed the crime. Although the guilty individual may be in the photos or lineup, it is possible that the police have the wrong person in the lineup. Since police cases often depend on if a witness picks the suspect, it is important to realize that witnesses often make errors as well.

New marijuana testing methods being developed in Texas

When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that legalized the cultivation of hemp in the state, dozens of district and county attorneys announced that they would stop prosecuting low-level marijuana cases. These prosecutors were not taking a stand on the issue of marijuana legalization, they were choosing to avoid pursuing cases they did not believe they could win. Crime labs in Texas are not currently able to determine with accuracy the THC content of marijuana, which means that prosecutors are not able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the substance a marijuana defendant was caught with was marijuana and not hemp.

Why Are Texas Schools Testing Students For Drugs?

It is more common to hear of drug testing in the workplace versus in schools. School districts in Texas are battling with the idea of whether to test kids for drugs and the process needed to go about doing this. A major question is whether this will apply to both middle and high schools.

DPS to adopt cite-and-release marijuana policy

The Texas Department of Public Safety will no longer arrest individuals found in possession of 4 ounces or less of marijuana. Instead, the Lone Star State's largest law enforcement agency will take a cite-and-release approach. The new policy was announced in a memorandum sent to DPS offices on July 10 and will only be applied when individuals are stopped by officers in the counties they reside in. However, marijuana remains illegal in Texas, and individuals caught in possession of the drug will still face up to a year in jail if convicted.

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