Troy Farris was convicted in December 1983 for the death of 28 year–old Clark Murell Rosenbaum Jr., a Tarrant County deputy sheriff. Rosenbaum was shot twice in the chest after he had driven up on Farris and codefendants Vance Nation and Charles Lowder during a drug buy. However, the investigation
United States VS. Virginia Constitution In a quick observation, it may be easy to observe that the Constitution of Virginia is much larger in length and detail than the United States Constitution. There are many differences between these two constitutions besides the authors or contributors being that James Madison contributed to both, however, he was not the complete author of the Constitution of Virginia (Constitutions of Virginia). Both Constitutions have the same idea in which it holds three separate branches of government, however, differences include the detail and content brought amongst the articles. Differences include, but are not limited to, division of the three branches, extra articles and policies, and the amendments. They
Until 2002 in Atkins v. Virginia it was acceptable to execute someone with intellectual disabilities. Thirteen years before the ban Horace Dunkins was among many who died cruelly. Stevenson states that “based on school records and earlier testing” Horace suffered from mental disabilities, yet he was sentenced to death row. Another example of abuse of the mentally ill is the story of Herbert Richardson. Herbert was a soldier in the Vietnam War, and the war left him mentally unstable. Richardson witnessed his friends die in an ambush and not shortly after that did he mentally shutdown. Even after being discharged, post-traumatic stress disorder got the best of Herbert. Stevenson mentions that Herbert’s “ability to manage his [own] behavior” was clouded (74). After eventually finding a girlfriend, he began to be too protective; this is where trouble started for him. Herbert’s plan to build a bomb to win back his girlfriend’s heart turned out wrong and a young girl was killed in the process. Even though it was never Herbert’s intent to kill anyone he was sentenced to death row. Stevenson does everything in his power to show courts that Herbert’s mind was deluded by trauma causing obsession and irrationality. Herbert is sent to the chair, regardless of Stevenson’s attempt to help him, and through this, readers unveil the
This week’s case study, Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989), Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag in front of Dallas City Hall as a means of protest against the policies of the Reagan administration. He was arrested by Dallas police officers and he was charged with violating section 42.09(a)(3) of the Texas Penal Code, which prohibited the “desecration of a venerable object.” In this case, it was the contention of the arresting officers that burning the American flag was an act of desecration which was punishable by law. Section 42.09(a)(3) of the Texas Penal Code was enacted by the Texas State Legislature, at the time when this matter was brought to trial, the parties involved were the State of Texas and Mr. Gregory Lee Johnson. The case was heard by three lower courts before it reached the United States Supreme Court. List those three courts in order, beginning with the court that has the most authority and ending with the court that has the least
Going against the Supreme Court, which is the supreme law of the land, in the Worcester vs Georgia case demonstrates how Andrew Jackson abused his power as president. John Marshall, the chief justice at the time, ruled that the United States did not have possession or legal jurisdiction over Native
PEOPLE v. ATKINS CASE BRIEF 1. Jurisdiction: Supreme Court of California 2. Year: 2001 3. Appellant & Respondent: Atkins 4. Respondent & Appellant: People of California 5. Charge: Arson to forest land, Arson to property, Unlawfully causing a fire forest, Misdemeanor unlawfully causing a fire of property
The Virginia’s Statutes illustrate the declining Status of African American slaves was written because the state of Virginia wanted to state several rules and laws for their slaves. This document was written by the State of Virginia legislatures, being they were the ones who wrote it and established it.
While appealing to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, the petitioner argued, “that the trial court erred in failing to disregard the jury’s answer to the mental-retardation special issue and in denying the appellant’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.” 270 S.W3d 13 (Tex. Cr. App. 2010). The petitioner argued that “because he introduced expert witnesses to demonstrate mental retardation and the State did not introduce its own expert witnesses in rebuttal, the trial court should have disregarded the jury’s answer to the mental-retardation special issue or granted his motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.” 270 S.W.3d 13 (Tex. Cr. App. 2010). The Texas court found that the burden of proof to determine intellectual disability fell to the petitioner and that there was “no authority,
Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in 1959 for violating South Carolina’s anti-miscegenation statue, barring interracial marriage between people of color and whites. The Lovings, who had to travel hundreds of miles to Washington DC to legally wed in an attempt to appease South Carolina law, were charged and found
Mohammad Riaz, 4/28/16, CRJ-222, Research Paper. One day on February 20, 2002, a case was brought to the court and, argued pertaining to capital punishment known as ATKINS v. VIRGINIA. The jury convicted Daryl Atkins for the murder of a Virginia City man, as well as the kidnapping and armed robbery of the victim. Investigators found out that on the 16th of Aug 1996, Atkins, and his partner named William Jones kidnapped Eric Nesbitt from his place of residence, armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Atkins and William both of these suspect proceeded to rob him for all of the cash he had on him at the time and asked him for more cash and ended up withdrawing additional cash from a nearby ATM with Nesbitt's card. From there, Atkins and William brought the victim to a nearby location and shot him eight times including on his head and face, and killed him.
VIRGINIA V. ALLEN The Commonwealth of Virginia v. Allen (609 S.E.2d 4, Va. 2005) was a fascinating case. The case focused on two expert witness testifying for the state and the other for the defendant, and if they acted and behaved ethically during the proceedings. Successive information will be addressed to prove the thought process behind my opinion given in this case. The APA code of ethics and specialty guidelines will be used to support my reasoning. Furthermore, they will serve as a baseline of boundaries within the profession to determine the expert witness’ influences to the case as well as their behavior within the profession.
Case Name: Kentucky v. King, 563 U.S. (2011) Facts: In Lexington, Kentucky, police officers followed a suspected drug dealer to an apartment building where he went. When they arrived outside of the door to the apartment where the suspect was they reportedly could smell marajuana. The police then knocked and shouted they they were there and in return they could hear what sounded like people destroying the evidence and running around. The police then knocked down the door and saw the respondent as well as drugs laying out without having to look anywhere. later the police found more drugs and paraphernalia doing a more in-depth search. “The Circuit Court denied respondent’s motion to suppress the evidence, holding that exigent
Loving v. Virginia Interracial marriage: Respecting the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. I. INTRODUCTION This case note will examine the 1967 landmark Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia. The Loving v. Virginia case touched on constitutional principles including equality, federalism, and liberty. Just over 30 years ago, it was a crime for interracial couples in Virginia to marry, or to live as husband and wife. Prior to the 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia, many states had laws that banned the intermarriage of whites with black or other minorities. The United States has a long history of the existence of anti-miscegenation laws that forbid interracial marriage. The case presents the
Case Citation: University of Texas at Arlington v. Williams, 459 S.W. 3d 48 (Tex. 2015) Parties: Univ. of Tex. at Arlington, et al., Petitioner Sandra Williams and Steve Williams, et al., Respondents Facts: The respondent, Sandra Williams, filed a law suit with the petitioner, University of Texas at Arlington due to injuries
Kendrick Haas, president of San Jacinto State University, located in southern California, was determined to lead a campaign against substance abuse (especially alcohol) on the campus. Haas was inspired by a report provided by the dean of students, which read that “alcohol consumption, particularly binge drinking, had shown a dramatic