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Texas pastor sues Kanye West over use of sermon in song

A Texas pastor is suing Kanye West for taking one of his sermons and using it in a rap tune, according to local reports.

Bishop David Paul Moten said the hip-hop legend used the religious address without his permission in the song “Come to Life,” according to the Dallas Morning News.

In the song, Moten can be heard saying “My soul cries out, ‘Hallelujah,’ and I thank God for saving me. I, I thank God,” the suit, filed in Dallas County, reportedly says.

The lawsuit names Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, G.O.O.D. Music, and West as defendants, according to the Dallas Morning News.


2 Texas Mexican Mafia members on state’s ’10 Most Wanted Fugitives’ list captured

AUSTIN, Texas – Two members of the Texas Mexican Mafia, who were on the “Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives” list, have been arrested.

Arrested were Ruben Alvarado Castro, of San Antonio, and Theodore Villarreal, of Kenedy. Crime Stoppers rewards will be paid in both cases.

Two of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives are back in custody after their arrests last week. Ruben Alvarado Castro, of San Antonio, was arrested Feb. 15 in San Antonio, and Theodore Villarreal, of Kenedy, was arrested Feb. 17 in Kenedy. Both fugitives are members of the Texas Mexican Mafia. Crime Stoppers rewards will be paid in both arrests.


Houston area decriminalizes possession of small amounts of weed

Effective March 1, the nation’s fourth-largest city will no longer make arrests of those carrying four ounces or less of marijuana

HOUSTON — The district attorney in the most populous Texas county has announced a new program in which law enforcement agencies will not arrest individuals caught with four ounces or less of marijuana.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced in Houston on Thursday that her office will offer those possessing misdemeanor amounts of marijuana an opportunity to participate in the program starting March 1.

Individuals won’t be jailed or have to appear in court, but they will have 90 days to complete a four-hour decision-making class. Those completing the program won’t face charges.

Read Full – http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/02/17/houston-marijuana-possession-misdemeanor/73835/

Texas’s 2016 Execution Tally Was the Lowest Since 1996 — Here’s Why

Houston-based Texas Defender Services is trying to ensure the judicial system functions properly even in the most extreme circumstances.

By Adam Doster 12/29/2016 at 8:00am

A few weeks after a bad breakup, in 1995, Duane Buck stormed into the Houston home of his ex-girlfriend and murdered her while her three children watched. He also killed the man he thought she was sleeping with and shot his own stepsister, a bystander who survived. Though remorseful (and high at the time), Buck never disputed these facts. By the spring of 2011, when Kate Black first reviewed the resulting criminal case, the Harris County District Attorney’s office had already set Buck’s execution date. He had six months to live.

Black is a staff attorney at the Houston-based legal non-profit Texas Defender Services (TDS), charged with directing the impending clemency proceedings for death row inmates. The group is at the center of a small community of elite death-penalty defense practitioners in Texas, who try hard to ensure the judicial system functions properly even in the most extreme circumstances.

“We were doing the petition,” Black says, “and in the course of investigating it, we realized there was this huge issue that hadn’t been litigated.”

Texas allows death sentences only if prosecutors can show that a defendant poses a future danger to society. At Buck’s sentencing hearing, his initial court-appointed defense attorney, Jerry Guerinot, presented testimony from a psychiatrist named Walter Quijano. It was unlikely that Buck, an African-American with no prior violent convictions, would commit similar acts in the future, Quijano stated, but Buck’s race nonetheless “increased the probability.” The claim was scientifically inaccurate and morally bankrupt. The prosecution leaned on it heavily during closing arguments.

Read Full – https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2016/12/29/texas-2016-execution-tally-lowest-since-1996

Best Criminal Defense Lawyers In Houston, TX

Here is a list of the top rated and best criminal defense lawyers in Houston, TX. These criminal defense attorneys in Houston, Texas that we have listed below may also practice other areas of law besides criminal defense as some of the Houston lawyers practice personal injury for example. Our best lawyers of Houston list below is strictly on their criminal defense reviews and felony court case records. We have located and found the best defense lawyers of Houston based upon their reviews on Houston Yelp, AVVO, Super Lawyers, as well as the US News report about lawyers in Houston, Texas.  If you are searching to find the best rated criminal defense attorneys in Houston, you have come to the correct place. These are the top lawyers in Houston, TX. When hiring a Houston, TX criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the Houston attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.

Here are the top rated defense lawyers in Houston, TX

  1. Zack Fertitta
  2. Hunter Simmons
  3. Alan Cohen
  4. Philip M. Gommels
  5. Fred Dahr
  6. Jed R. Silverman, Trinidad Zamora III
  7. David A. Breston, Alma Garcia
  8. Ed Chernoff
  9. John T. Floyd, Christopher M. Choate
  10. Neal Davis, Tyler Brock

If you have any questions about hiring a Houston defense lawyers give Wise Laws a call at 800-270-8184 as they currently work with some of these top 10 lawyers.