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Amarillo Criminal Defense Attorney Offers Free Consultations: Arkansas official Says State has drugs to conduct 8 executions

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas has a new supply of a lethal injection drug that expired earlier this year, a prison spokesman said Monday, clearing the way for four double executions that will put eight men to death next month. Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves said the state has 100 vials of … Continue reading Amarillo Criminal Defense Attorney Offers Free Consultations: Arkansas official Says State has drugs to conduct 8 executions

Amarillo Police Detain Wartena Family: They called for help instead of searching for missing autistic girl who later was found drowned

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Photos provided by: Photography is Not a Crime   Texas Police Detain Family who Called for Help Instead of Searching for Missing Autistic Girl who Later was Found Drowned A California family filed a formal complaint against a Texas police department last week for being illegally detained and accused of murder after they called 911 … Continue reading Amarillo Police Detain Wartena Family: They called for help instead of searching for missing autistic girl who later was found drowned

Parent’s of Alexis Wartena: Parents get custody of children from CPS and are going back home to California

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

  Photos provided by: My High Plains It’s been close to a week since seven year old Alexis Wartena drowned at T-Anchor Lake. Since then her parents lost custody of their four kids to Child Protective Services, hired a lawyer and filed a complaint against the Amarillo Police Department. “Today was a day I’ll never … Continue reading Parent’s of Alexis Wartena: Parents get custody of children from CPS and are going back home to California

WARTENA FAMILY: Reunited after death of 7-year-old girl

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Photos provided by: Amarillo Global News The four children of Michael Wartena and Tiffany Stewart, whose daughter was found drowned behind the La Kiva Hotel on Wednesday, were returned to their parents Monday after Child Protective Services said their decision to take custody of the children was based on what police initially told them. “We … Continue reading WARTENA FAMILY: Reunited after death of 7-year-old girl

National News: New episodes of “Making A Murderer”

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Photos provided by: ABC 7 Amarillo News One of Northeast Wisconsin’s most notorious murder cases isn’t finished being in the national spotlight. Netflix announced Tuesday that new episodes of “Making A Murderer” are in the works. The original 10-part series followed the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in … Continue reading National News: New episodes of “Making A Murderer”

Wrongful Convictions: Of Texas Wrongful Conviction Cases in Exoneration Registry 25% of Them Involved Prosecutorial Misconduct

Posted on April 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

From the moment 4-year-old April Tucker died, Debbie Tucker Loveless and John Harvey Miller told police and prosecutors that she had been mauled by dogs. But in 1989, the couple was convicted of murdering her and sentenced to life in prison. Four seemingly endless years later, in 1993, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned … Continue reading Wrongful Convictions: Of Texas Wrongful Conviction Cases in Exoneration Registry 25% of Them Involved Prosecutorial Misconduct

Police Misconduct: Victims of Chicago police torture receive $5.5 million in reparations.

Posted on January 7, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The AP (1/6) reports that the city of Chicago “has paid $5.5 million in reparations to 57 people whose claims that they were tortured by police decades ago were found to be credible.” The money “was paid Monday to victims of a police unit commanded by disgraced former police commander Jon Burge from the 1970s … Continue reading Police Misconduct: Victims of Chicago police torture receive $5.5 million in reparations.

National Legal News: Judge denies exception to seven-day limit on competency services

Posted on May 7, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo, TX: The AP (5/7, Bellisle) reports from Seattle that US District Judge Marsha Pechman on Wednesday “refused to approve a list of exceptions sought by the state Attorney General’s office that would give health officials more time before providing competency services to mentally ill people held in jails. ‘The court declines to allow class … Continue reading National Legal News: Judge denies exception to seven-day limit on competency services

FBI Admits Hair Experts Were Wrong 96% of the Time: Wrongful Executions Could Exceed 100!

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

As seen in a recent New York Times OP-ED article,  the FBI admitted this week that hair identification experts they used to convict criminal defendants from 1985 until 1999 provided fundamentally flawed opinions to 257 juries in 40 states. Thirty three of those cases involved the death penalty and nine of those defendants have been … Continue reading FBI Admits Hair Experts Were Wrong 96% of the Time: Wrongful Executions Could Exceed 100!

Court Decision Will Alter Texas DPS Drug Stop Tactics on I-40:

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

This week, the United States Supreme Court finally put a stop to routine constitutional violations by drug cops using pretext to stop and search vehicles along I-40. The majority opinion has outlawed the common practice of Texas DPS officers stopping vehicles and detaining the driver and occupants long enough for their drug dogs to arrive … Continue reading Court Decision Will Alter Texas DPS Drug Stop Tactics on I-40: