Last month in this blog, we discussed the case of a Houston man who had been sentenced to "shock probation" in his DWI manslaughter case. Michael Giacona was ordered to sit at the accident site wearing a sign alerting passersby that he had killed another man in a drunk driving accident. He was also ordered to write a sincere letter of apology to the victim's family.
In 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a campaign known as "Project Safe Childhood" in an effort to combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of minors. As part of that campaign, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been targeting individuals who trade or possess child pornography. These individuals can face severe criminal penalties, even in cases where they played no role in the actual creation of pornographic images or videos.
Marijuana offenses are serious crimes in the state of Texas. In fact, Texas carries some of the stiffest penalties in the country for drug possession. Punishments range from probation to long term prison time.
Late last month, three Houston residents were sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The charges stemmed from a three-year-long Texas mortgage fraud scheme.
It's easy to get upset or angry at a situation and overreact. All of us have said something at one time or another that we wouldn't have had we been in a calmer emotional state.