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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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An OJ in the making: Aggies’ all-time leading rusher, Darren Lewis, headed to prison

COLLEGE STATION – Former Texas A&M standout running back Darren Lewis is going to prison after pleading guilty to multiple armed robberies, according to the Dallas Morning News. Lewis, 45, is the Aggies’ all-time leading rusher with 5,012 yards, and he led the squad in rushing for three straight seasons from 1988-90. According to the article, “The former footballer (has) lost everything to cocaine – his pro career, his house, his marriage …”

One of the Law's Absurdities
Inadmissible evidence must be considered when addressing a challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence. Under Art. 38.072, by both the terms of the statute and by the legislative history, outcry testimony admitted in compliance with Art. 38.072 is admitted as an exception to the hearsay rule, meaning it is considered substantive evidence, admissible for the truth of the matter asserted in the testimony. The critical consideration here is that the outcry testimony was proffered and admitted as substantive evidence under a statutory exception to the hearsay rule, and even though improperly admitted, the testimony must be considered as having probative value in determining the sufficiency of the evidence. Chambers v. State, 711 S.W.2d 240 (Tex.Cr.App.1986), (inadmissible hearsay admitted without objection is the same as all other evidence in the sufficiency context, namely, it is capable of sustaining a verdict.); Fernandez v. State, 805 S.W.2d 451 (Tex.Cr.App.1991).

Rodriguez v. State, 819 S.W.2d 871 (Tex.Crim.App. 1991) Court of Criminal Appeals of TexasDecember 4, 1991819 S.W.2d 871

Mexican Mafia Infiltration of Balcones Heights PD?
The S.A. Express reports that many officers on the Balcones Heights P.D. suspected one of their own was associated with the Mexican Mafia. Maybe it was his gang tattoos that he got at a parlor he co-owned.

'Long before Balcones Heights Police Officer Julian Pesina was killed in what appeared to be a gang-style hit, multiple colleagues had raised concerns with then-Chief Henry Dominguez that he had possible ties to the Texas Mexican Mafia, according to a report by city officials.'

'Pesina was shot to death outside a San Antonio tattoo parlor that he co-owned. Experts have noted that some of Pesina's tattoos displayed on his Facebook page — the large majority of which he got after joining the Police Department — were strongly indicative of gang involvement.'

Gang Member Wanted for Murder Killed in Border Shootout with Texas Police

LA JOYA, Texas—Citizens ran for cover as authorities and a presumed member of the Texas Syndicate prison gang got into a brutal firefight less than a mile from the border with Mexico.

Bursts of what sounded like automatic fire were heard on and off as police officers and sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest 29-year-old Joaquin Cibrian, a member of the fearsome prison gang who barricaded himself in a house in a densely populated area of this South Texas community. Authorities wanted Cibrian on suspicion of capital murder.

Three police helicopters circled overhead as more than 100 police officers from various agencies, sheriff’s deputies, and state troopers remained at the scene while tactical teams worked to apprehend the lone gunman.

Possibly 30 Years for Canadian Narco with ties to Sinaloa Cartel and the Mafia
Canadian Drug Kingpin , Jimmy Cournoyer, with Ties to the Rizutto and Bonanno Crime Families, the Hells Angels and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel Plead Guilty in 2013 to Narcotics Trafficking Crimes Carrying Sentence of 20 Years to Life and $1 Billion in Forfeiture.
Jimmy's $1.2MM Bugati

Texas Pee Wee Football Coach Accused of Running Mexican Cartel Drug Ring

MCALLEN, Texas–The drug trafficking trial of a pee wee football coach, who is accused of helping lead a drug empire that even had police protection, provided great insight into how drugs are smuggled into the U.S. and about the world of those who involved. Witness testimony in the trial of Omar FIdencio Rojas shows that the world of drug smuggling in South Texas includes witch doctors, spiritual advisers, horse races and Mexican drug cartels.

Rojas is facing a possible life sentenced for his role as the right hand man of Weslaco drug boss Tomas “El Gallo” Gonzalez, a Mexican Narco who ran ton quantities of marijuana and cocaine from South Texas to Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina and other states throughout the nation.  Gonzalez is also the same Mexican drug lord who led to the downfall of former Hidalgo County Sheriff, his chief of staff and one of his top commanders.

WIDLANSKI: When lawyers are at war with common sense in wartime-Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on

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