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Mendez Law Office is Proud to Announce Its Expansion Into Central Texas

HOUSTON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — This morning, Mendez Law Office is proud to announce its expansion into Central Texas. Mendez Law Office, a Houston-based leading law firm in the fields of immigration, criminal, and family law, will inaugurate its second location in Austin, Texas, in January 2021.

With the excitement to continue to serve its current clients and to start reaching new individuals who reside in Brazos Valley, Central Texas, and Texas as a whole, the Mendez Law Office has the resources and experience needed in order to successfully represent its clients in the great state of Texas, and further if needed.

The Mendez Law Office is led by attorney Mathew Mendez whose expertise in immigration, criminal, and family law has allowed

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Judge: Suit to overturn Texas law on drone photography can proceed – News – Austin American-Statesman

A lawsuit seeking to strike down a Texas law that restricts drone photography can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman rejected a request by state officials to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling that two journalism organizations and a reporter raised substantive points questioning the law’s constitutionality.

The lawsuit argues that the 2013 law places improper limits on news gathering, violating the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee by making it a crime to capture images of private property, or a person on that property, no matter where the drone is flying.

The lawsuit also challenges the law’s ban on using drones with the “intent to conduct surveillance,” arguing that the phrase is not defined and is vague enough to include most news-gathering activities, allowing for arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.

In his order,

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Rep.-elect Troy Nehls, Texas sheriff, offers solution to ‘broken’ criminal justice system

Rep.-elect Troy Nehls, a Texas sheriff and newly elected congressman, is in Washington preaching a message of “mutual respect” as America grapples with racial unrest, criminal justice reforms and efforts to dismantle police departments.

Nehls, who has served as sheriff of Fort Bend County for the last eight years, said his 22nd Congressional District outside of Houston should be a model for the rest of the country on how to build positive police and community relationships that are “colorblind.” While other cities are still reeling from racial tensions after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Nehls said his community — one of the most diverse districts in the country — didn’t experience civil unrest because law enforcement is respected.

“They trust us, and we, in turn, trust them. It is mutual respect,” Nehls told Fox News. “If you look at the cities where you see the civil unrest, there’s

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Crystal Mason seeks to have illegal voting conviction overturned in Texas

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A Fort Worth woman jailed for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 presidential election while on supervised release for a federal conviction is asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn her conviction on illegal voting charges, according to legal documents filed Monday.

Crystal Mason said she cast her ballot — which, like most provisional ballots, was ultimately not counted — on the advice of a poll worker. Mason told the court during her trial and appeals that she did not realize she was ineligible to vote under Texas law, which required her to first complete her sentence on a federal tax fraud conviction.

The request for review by the state’s highest criminal court was

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Texas GOP lawmakers target voter fraud, despite no proof of widespread problem

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Fresh off a presidential election replete with accusations of election malfeasance but devoid of evidence of widespread fraud in Texas, local Republican leaders say the state needs more laws to protect the integrity of the state’s elections.

To that end, GOP state lawmakers are heading into the next state legislative session with a fistful of anti-fraud bills aimed at an issue that experts — and even some conservatives — acknowledge isn’t much of a problem in the Lone Star State.

Nearly a dozen pieces of legislation, all of them filed by Republicans, take aim at mail-in balloting, illegal voting and misbehaving elections officials — inspired by events and talking points from the previous election cycle.

“Filing legislation

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Meet a new chief public defender in Texas working to end criminal justice disparities

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Photo courtesy of Adeola Ogunkeyede

As a public defender in the Bronx, New York, for almost a decade, Adeola Ogunkeyede saw firsthand how patterns of institutional racism and systemic inequality impacted her clients even before they entered the criminal justice system.

She started to wonder: Was there a way to break those destructive cycles? Could legal aid unite with local leaders to identify the most problematic points of contact between directly impacted communities and the criminal justice system—then fix them?

The answer, she discovered, was yes.

In 2017, Ogunkeyede joined the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, to help launch the Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program. The purpose was exactly what she had envisioned: Legal aid lawyers supported community-led efforts to promote criminal justice reform

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What is Sexual Assault Criminal Defense in Texas? Dallas Sexual Assault Criminal Defense Attorneys – Broden & Mickelsen Answer – Press Release

Dallas, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Being accused of sexual assault can wreck a person’s life. While the American criminal justice system is premised on the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, sexual assault is one of those charges that society tends to judge harshly even before all the facts have come out. 

If you have been accused of sexual assault against an adult or a child, it’s imperative to discuss your options and your case with a reputable Texas sexual assault defense lawyer with years of experience dealing with sexual criminal defense cases. It’s also important to equip yourself with as much information as possible. Your case is not hopeless and knowing your options can help you make informed decisions about the next steps. Our law firm has created FAQ’s to help you understand the law. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Defense Against Sexual Assault

The following

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What is Sexual Assault Criminal Defense in Texas? Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Broden & Mickelsen Answer

11/29/2020, Dallas // KISSPR //

Being accused of  sexual assault  can wreck a person’s life. While the American criminal justice system is premised on the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, sexual assault is one of those charges that society tends to judge harshly even before all the facts have come out. 

If you have been accused of sexual assault against an adult or a child, it’s imperative to discuss your options and your case with a r eputable Texas sexual assault defense lawyer  with years of experience dealing with sexual criminal defense cases. It’s also important to equip yourself with as much information as possible. Your case is not hopeless and knowing your options can help you make informed decisions about the next steps. Our law firm has created FAQ’s to help you understand the law. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Defense Against Sexual Assault

The following are

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Texas first responders who die from COVID-19 denied state benefits

Law enforcement groups, surviving relatives call on Gov. Abbott to act, but he says law already allows money to flow.

The Texas prison system continues to lead the country in COVID-19 infection rates and prisoner deaths, but there’s another crisis unfolding as families of prison employees who have died are unable to get critical first-responder benefits. 

So far, 23 Texas correctional officers have died from COVID-19Eric Johnson is one of them. 

The 37-year-old is survived by his wife, Charity, and four children in Madisonville, Texas. 

“It really has taken a toll on her and her kids,” said Johnson’s cousin, Shemeka Morning. “Charity misses her husband. All the kids miss him.”    

Johnson’s family say their grief is compounded by their struggle to get benefits that they say are due them.  

Although the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported Johnson’s death as being in the line of

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fires last whistleblower

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The Texas attorney general’s office has fired the last remaining whistleblower who alleged Ken Paxton broke the law in doing favors for a political donor — just days after aides had sued the agency alleging they suffered retaliation for making the report.

Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel Ryan Vassar — who had already been placed on paid leave — was fired Nov. 17, according to internal personnel documents obtained by The Texas Tribune, making him the fifth whistleblower to be fired from the agency in less than a month. The three others who reported Paxton to law enforcement have resigned.

On Nov. 12, Vassar and three of his former colleagues filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Texas attorney general’s office, claiming they had suffered retaliation after they told

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