In a series of decisions during the 1960s, the Supreme Court applied the Fourth Amendment and other Constitutional protections to the states. So, Tarrant County law enforcement agencies must respect the same rules as the FBI, ATF, DEA, and other federal law enforcement agencies.
A partial decriminalization measure cleared an important procedural hurdle, but there are still roadblocks ahead.
Acting on a tip, Parker County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a local couple for drug possession and took away their small child.
In a largely symbolic gesture, the TSHC will officially delete hemp from the controlled substances list effective April 5, 2019. How does this move affect cannabidiol and other non-THC, marijuana-based products in Texas?
In a handful of cases, pretrial release is probably irrelevant. Defendants who are charged with Class C misdemeanors and have no work, family, or other commitments will probably plead guilty and receive a brief jail sentence. In many cases, the time served may cover most or all of that sentence.
In a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court declared that state civil forfeitures are subject to Constitutional limitations.
HPD Chief Art Acevedo said a search warrant affidavit, which led to the shooting death of two people, contained "material untruths or lies."
The war on drugs had barely started when it took a very bizarre turn. In 1970, Elvis Presley paid a surprise visit to the White House. The singer told President Richard Nixon he would be an excellent undercover marshal because he was intimately familiar with "." I'm not sure what one has to do with the other, but that's what The King said.
One of the most bizarre incidents in Presidential history probably launched the so-called war on drugs. In December 1970, Elvis Presley, who was clad in a purple velvet suit, unexpectedly dropped in on President Richard Nixon at the White House. After presenting the somewhat befuddled Nixon with a Colt .45 pistol, Elvis insisted that he was an authority on "drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques," so he would be an excellent undercover marshal. Nixon politely refused the singer's assistance. Even now, the Elvis-Nixon photo remains iconic.
In the colonial period, British officials often used blank search warrants to enter private property with little or no cause. To end this practice, the Founding Fathers included the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Later, courts used the Fourteenth Amendment to apply this provision to state law enforcement agencies.