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Local Houston Area Criminal Defense Attorney Rosario Stornello Provides Summaries on Recent Criminal Cases


Below is a summary from Sugar Land criminal defense lawyer Rosario Stornello of several recent criminal cases which have made news headlines,

U.S. Supreme Court

D's Kansas conviction for concealing unnamed pills in his sock did not trigger removal under 8 U.S.C. §1227(a)(2)(B)(i). Mellouli v. Lynch, No. 13-1034 (U.S. June 1, 2015).

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

In prosecution for alien-harboring conspiracy and substantive alien-harboring charges, district court harmlessly erred in admitting, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 404(b), evidence of a 2009 traffic stop (not culminating in arrest or prosecution), in which D was discovered to have two aliens in his vehicle. United States v. Gutierrez-Mendez, 752 F.3d 418 (5th Cir. 2014).

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

D's statute-of-limitations defense was a category-three forfeitable right because there was no legislative violation of the Ex Post Facto Clause, given that the trial judge's acceptance of the time-barred plea originated from plea negotiations with the State and D's waivers of the defense. Ex parte Heilman, 456 S.W.3d 159 (Tex.Crim.App. 2015).

14th Texas Court of Appeals

D's conviction for fraudulent possession of 10 or more but less than 50 items of identifying information was improper because he suffered egregious harm from the inclusion of an unconstitutional mandatory presumption in the jury charge. Ramirez-Memije v. State, No. 14-11-00456-CR (Tex.App.-Sugar Land [14 Dist] May 19, 2015).

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Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, there is no doubt that Attorney Stornello has the drive and determination to pursue your best outcome. Selected for the Houstonia Top Lawyers list for three consecutive years and recognized as a member of the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, he can be trusted with the details of your case.

Your future is simply too important to sit back and do nothing. Get in touch with our experienced Sugar Land criminal defense attorneys today – we are on your side.