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Lessons Learned/Confirmed From Jury Trial – Session 1

As a trial lawyer, juries still amaze me after 34 years of practice. Yesterday, two very talented lawyers and I received a favorable verdict after three weeks of trial. I generally find myself on the plaintiff’s side of the docket helping people who have been hurt as a result of someone’s negligence. But this trial involved me helping a small company that was wrongly accused of negligent hiring, supervising, training and retaining a driver who was involved in a collision.

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Jury Recommends 10 Years Probation in Baby Death

February 2017 – A Bexar County jury found Marquita Johnson, 33, and her husband Qwalion Busby, 36, guilty of injury to a child by omission and recommended 10 years of probation. The couple’s 7 month-old son had passed away after his ear infection turned into sepsis, which medical experts testified was the cause of death. 

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Federal Money Laundering Conspiracy

January 2017 – Attorney Demetrio Duarte, Jr. represented Raymundo “Mundito” Villarreal, Jr. in federal court in San Antonio, Texas. A former resident of Mission, Villarreal had been charged with one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of conspiring to structure transactions to evade reporting requirements. 

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“Incompetent Criminal” is Sentenced

December 2016 – James Joseph Taylor, Jr. had been described by a judge, as well as the press, as the “incompetent criminal.” Charged with two federal counts of illegal possession of a Postal Service key, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and three counts of possession of stolen mail, each count carrying a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. But on December 20, 2016, he was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day. 

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