criminal law

Kevin Romero / Via AP

In an unconscionable act that has a community reeling, a nefarious thief has stolen 19 cases of provolone from an eatery in Pueblo, Colorado. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the loss amounts to $2,000 worth of cheese.

The thief broke through padlocks on a freezer at the Do Drop Inn to get to the cheese. The thief didn’t take anything else.

Texas Leads the Way in Bite-Mark Forensics

Dec 16, 2015
Brandon Thibodeaux / New York Times

In 1987, Texas inmate Steven Mark Chaney was sentenced to life after a dental expert testified that his teeth had caused marks on the arm of a murder victim. This same expert has now repudiated his testimony as unfounded, reports The New York Times. More than a dozen Americans have now been exonerated in cases involving debunked bite-mark testimony. And Texas is leading the way in this little-recognized corner of forensics.

Three of the nine seats on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals are up for grabs, and a fourth seat will be if its current judge succeeds in being elected to the Texas Supreme Court.

Seven Republican candidates are vying for those seats.

Exonerations in Texas at record high

Feb 12, 2014
Caleb Bryant Miller / KUT News

Texas exonerated more people than any other state last year.

13 Texans who were wrongly convicted of crimes were officially absolved of wrongdoing in 2013, for crimes ranging from murder to drug possession. They spent a matter of months to more than a decade in prison, the Texas Tribune reports.