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Mental health issues plague mother facing capital murder charge

Thousands of people here in Texas and across the country suffer from a variety of mental health issues. Those issues make their lives challenging, and some of them might even become violent. The question is whether they should be incarcerated or given the help they need. This question could play a significant role in a case involving a mother facing a capital murder charge.

Reports indicate that the woman's father-in-law watched her take a knife from the kitchen and head toward the bedrooms. He then heard the screams of his 5-year-old granddaughter. When the mother returned to the kitchen, he claims she began stabbing him as he attempted to disarm her.

Steer clear of construction zone accidents

Construction zones are dangerous for both workers and motorists. When on foot, both workers and visitors to such a jobsite are at risk of being struck by moving equipment. Motorists driving through the area are at risk of having an auto accident. Everyone should be aware of the kind of work that goes on in a construction zone and make every effort to stay safe.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death

According to a study done by patient safety researchers, medical errors have climbed into third place, after cancer and heart disease, as a leading cause of death in the United States. The findings, which were published in the BMJ, or British Medical Journal, underscore the prevalence of serious medical mistakes that include everything from giving a patient drugs that were meant for someone else to removing the wrong body part during surgery.

Accident investigation contines in truck vs. bus accident on I-10

Even after Texas officials clear the scene of a crash, that does not necessarily mean that the investigation is closed. An accident investigation can take several weeks or months to complete, depending on the circumstances involved and the extent of any outstanding evidence. This is especially true in crashes involving fatalities in which crucial witnesses failed to survive.

For instance, officials continue to investigate a fatal crash took place at approximately 4:20 a.m. on a recent Saturday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Cibolo. The preliminary investigation determined that a pickup truck traveling eastbound crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a commercial passenger bus. Fortunately, the bus was not carrying any passengers at the time of the crash.

After 21 years in prison, officer found innocent of rape charges

Even with all of the safeguards built into the criminal justice system, innocent people are still sent to prison. This possibility is why prosecutors -- and not the accused individuals -- must prove guilt in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. A case in point involves a former Texas police officer who spent 21 years in prison for a rape he says he never committed.

In 1994, a then 13-year-old girl accused the officer of raping her. Ten years later, the girl's stepbrother told officials that she admitted to him that the story she told about the officer was untrue. When questioned about it, the woman told authorities that she lied about being abused by her stepfather. Even so, she maintained that the officer raped her.

How antipsychotics are used unnecessarily in nursing homes

When you make the decision that it is best for your parent or loved one to live in a nursing home, you trust the staff will provide the care and compassion she or he needs. Unfortunately, there are a shocking number of instances of abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Some cases take the form of physical harm while others involve medical errors. The latter often involves unnecessary prescription of drugs such as antipsychotics. You can better understand this issue by reading the following reasons it has become a problem.

Were your child's injuries the result of medical malpractice?

There is no easy answer to this question. However, that does not mean that you should not search for answers regarding the care, or lack of care, your infant received during labor and delivery. If the circumstances fall within the definition of medical malpractice, a claim could be pursued in a Texas civil court.

Every birth is unique, so it is unrealistic to believe that every case will fit into a tidy box. An attorney should be able to tell you whether there is reason to suspect that your obstetrician, nurse or other medical personnel made a mistake. Every aspect of the labor and delivery will need to be reviewed and analyzed to determine whether the care received by mother and/or child was substandard. A qualified medical professional should be brought in to render an opinion regarding whether errors were made that resulted in the injuries your child suffered.

Is clearing my criminal record an option? P.2

In our last post, we began discussing how many individuals who have experienced temporary lapses in judgment or who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time may see many aspects of their everyday lives limited thanks to a permanent criminal record.

We also discussed, however, how certain individuals in this unfortunate situation might be able to secure a fresh start via an expunction, which removes all information relating to an arrest, charges or conviction from a person's permanent criminal record. 

Is clearing my criminal record an option?

While all of us have experienced momentary lapses in judgment that cause us to take actions that we will later question, these actions are typically embarrassing at worst. However, for some people, these actions are more than just cringe-worthy, they are actually criminal in nature, resulting in an arrest, formal charges being filed and possibly even a conviction.

The unfortunate reality is that even after an otherwise law-abiding citizen has paid their debt to society for their momentary lapse in judgment -- or even for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time -- they run the risk of what amounts to perpetual punishment owing to the existence of a criminal record.

Murder charge could be one of several for Texas man

A shooting in a Texas home on Tuesday Nov. 8 prompted an Amber Alert to locate the missing 16-year-old daughter and sister of the victims. The girl's 21-year-old boyfriend was taken into custody the next day. By Thursday, officials located the girl's lifeless body in a wooded area. By Nov. 15, her boyfriend was facing a murder charge, but he could end up facing three.

Police report that he remains a suspect in the murder of his girlfriend's 37-year-old mother and 13-year-old sister. Reports indicate that the two were shot in the family's home. Medical examiners said that the 16-year-old suffered stab wounds to which she succumbed.

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