Judge Tim Wright pleads not guilty to federal firearms charges

Tim Wright and his attorney entering the federal courthouse.

Criminal judge Tim Wright, 70, of Williamson County, deals with misdemeanor drug and alcohol cases. On April 14th, 2015 he waived his arraignment (pleaded not guilty) to charges that claim he lied to buy and then sold seven firearms to a known felon.

On March 27th, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms got a search warrant to raid Wright's home. They have not yet released to the public the details of what was found and taken from his home but they have revealed that he had a federal firearms license.

After seeing a federal judge on Wednesday April 8th, he was released from federal custody. Wright was given many restrictions with his release. Until further notice he will be restricted to the limits of Travis, Hays, and Williamson counties. Wright has been forced to, give up his passport, all the guns he owns, and his Concealed Handgun License. In addition, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has suspended him from work.

Wright's indictment is currently nine federal charges including selling guns illegally and attempting to smuggle guns across the border. He was supposed to return to court on April 15th, but his attorney Jeff Senter said he was not guilty and that “we do not believe he was illegally selling firearms.”


George De La Cruz on trial for murdering his wife and then staging her disappearance

Julie Ann Gonzales

Julie Ann Gonzalez disappeared on March 26, 2010. Her life seemed to be going great, except for a divorce with her husband, George De La Cruz who was not too happy about it. De La Cruz is now on trial after being indicted in 2013.

The body of Julie Ann Gonzales has not yet been found, but De La Cruz is on trial for her murder trial beginning this week.

Prosecutors have said that he killed her and then staged her disappearance,but they have no evidence: no witnesses, forensics, weapons, or confessions. The prosecution has claimed that he sent out text messages from his wife's phone telling people that she had moved to Colorado with a man named James. They have footage from a local Walmart that show him using her credit card. In the 2010 investigation of his home, a freshly dug 4 ft by 2ft trench was found in De La Cruz's backyard. The prosecution says that he planned to bury his wife in his backyard.

De La Cruz denies the charges and thinks Gonzales' family has something to do with her death and disappearance. He said "I think they know something, that they really don't want to share".

The jury selection for the De La Cruz's trial began on Monday, April 13th. If convicted, he may serve up to life in prison.


Arlington woman blinded by a dangerous perscription

In an attempt to help shoulder and back pain, Karen Bartlett took a prescription medication that was a generic version of the anti-inflammatory pain relief drug sulindac. She experienced a severe reaction in which two thirds of her skin fell off and she became blind. This reaction is called Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and is a rare reaction to medications that can be fatal.

When brought to the supreme court, the Supreme Court overturned rulings from lower courts that had given her a $21 million compensation. With no money from the trial, she now lives off of disability checks.

Connecticut teen Cassandra C. forced to go through chemotherapy

Cassandra C. was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in September. Doctors told her that without chemotherapy the cancer was most likely fatal, but that there was a 80-85% chance that it would be cured with chemotherapy. The 17 year old initially refused the treatment because she didn't want to put those toxins in her body and risk acquiring cancer again later in life. However, a Juvenile Court ruled that she must be taken from her home and ordered her to be treated. They decided this because she is a minor and was not deemed mature enough to make her own medical decisions. She was transferred to state custody under the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and has been held at Hartford, Connecticut Children's Medical Center since December 9th.

On April 2nd, a Connecticut juvenile court denied her request to go home and complete her chemotherapy treatment by commuting to and from Hartford hospital. They also banned Cassandra's mother from visiting her. Cassandra said, "I'm not surprised by this ruling but I'm highly disappointed".

As of April 27th she has been released from the hospital and is heading home. She said, "I'm at a loss for words with how happy I am that I'm finally coming home."



University of Texas at Austin Cheating Policy

At the University of Texas, academic dishonesty (aka cheating) is taken very seriously. Although punishment will occur, the importance in maintaining scholastic honesty is very important in other ways. Cheating hinders a students true value and reflects poorly on the university.

"At a minimum, you should complete any assignments, exams, and other scholastic endeavors with the utmost honesty, which requires you to:

  • acknowledge the contributions of other sources to your scholastic efforts;
  • complete your assignments independently unless expressly authorized to seek or obtain assistance in preparing them;
  • follow instructions for assignments and exams, and observe the standards of your academic discipline; and
  • avoid engaging in any form of academic dishonesty on behalf of yourself or another student.

In promoting a high standard of academic integrity, the University broadly defines academic dishonesty - basically, all conduct that violates this standard, including any act designed to give an unfair or undeserved academic advantage, such as:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Unauthorized Collaboration / Collusion
  • Falsifying Academic Records
  • Misrepresenting Facts (e.g., providing false information to postpone an exam, obtain an extended deadline for an assignment, or even gain an unearned financial benefit)
  • Multiple submissions (e.g., submitting essentially the same written assignment for two courses without authorization to do so)
  • Any other acts (or attempted acts) that violate the basic standard of academic integrity

Grade-related penalties are routinely assessed ("F" in the course is not uncommon), but students can also be suspended or even permanently expelled from the University for scholastic dishonesty.

Other potential consequences can be particularly far-reaching, such as the creation of a disciplinary record that may very well impact future opportunities."

-The University of Texas at Austin website

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