Because Some Are Innocent

Criminal-defense lawyers are often asked how they can defend “those people.” There are several answers to this question, but one answer is that some defendants are innocent of the charges filed against them. For example, consider the case of three Texas Southern University college students arrested for standing up to crooked school officials.

The AP reports the following story:

Three former Texas Southern University students credited with helping expose a spending scandal that led to indictments of top administrators won a retaliation lawsuit against school officials.

A federal jury decided Friday that William Hudson, Justin Jordan and Oliver Brown were kicked out of the university and arrested as payback for criticizing Priscilla Slade, university president at the time, and other school leaders.

The students played a role in bringing to light a scandal that tarnished TSU and led to charges against Slade. In a plea bargain, Slade agreed to repay nearly $130,000 of the half-million she misspent in school funds on clothes, home furnishings and landscaping. [More]

H/T: FIRE – The Torch

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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