Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Just over four years ago, thirteen-year-old Dylan Redwine disappeared during a court-ordered visit with his father, Mark Redwine. His body was found in June 2013, and just over two years later, Mark was named a person of interest in the case. Meanwhile, Dylan’s mom filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Mark, to which her ex-husband responded with a countersuit. Now, Mark’s suit has been tossed out following the previous dismissal of Elaine’s complaint — but the search for justice continues. Westword has the story.
Houston rapper Paul Wall and Baby Bash might as well volunteer to be DD’s this New Year’s Eve, because on Tuesday, a judge ordered that they not drink alcohol or do any drugs as part of their bond conditions. Just before Christmas, the rappers and several others were arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of THC with intent to deliver, both felonies.
Each told judges they would not pass their drug tests if made to pee in a cup.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: While Warmolts will have to spend time county jail, the sentence stipulated by the pact keeps him out of prison. This kind of comparatively light punishment for sex crimes involving white, college-age defendants has upset critics on the national level, as in the case of convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner. Westword has the story.
A University of Houston football player has been kicked off the team after allegedly getting caught with drugs, as KPRC reported late Tuesday.
D’Aundre Holmes-Wilfork, a safety on the Cougars football team, was charged with possession of between 200 and 400 grams of a controlled substance in Galveston County last week, according to court records.
Greeted by his family and a wall of reporters outside the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, David Temple, who was released from prison nine years after being convicted of his wife’s murder, said he wants “the people who put me in [in prison], who lied and cheated, [to]be held accountable,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in a split decision last month that lead prosecutor Kelly Siegler did not timely turn over crucial evidence — mostly investigators’ notes — to Temple’s defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin, before Temple’s 2007 trial.
On Christmas Eve, Lucas Lomas was accused of stealing five DVDs and a speaker, and on December 26, Carlos Eaglin was arrested for possession of less than two ounces of weed — two defendants out of roughly 1,400 handcuffed every week in Harris County.
But attorneys now claim that the problem with their arrests and thousands of others is that the alleged facts of their cases — which are summarized by police and presented at probable cause hearings — were never sworn under oath, as the Constitution requires.
That’s according to the third federal lawsuit that the national organization Civil Rights Corps has filed against local criminal justice officials this year over what it claims are unconstitutional court practices.