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By: Jennifer Saucedo
A Bexar County jury took less than 40 minutes to find Raul Garza III, 42, guilty of impersonating a public servant. Prosecutors say in June 2011, Garza forced a prostitute to perform free sexual favors, or he would take her to jail because he was an officer. Garza took the stand in his own defense, admitting his only fault was not paying the prostitute.
"I told her I wasn't going to pay her because I thought that she was hideous," said Garza. "I didn't commit no crime - all I did was not pay her."
Garza explained to jurors he did tell the prostitute, who he picked up near South Presa and Fair Avenue, that he was going to "put her on profile." He said he meant that he was going to write a bad review about her on Backpage.com. The website has grown criticism for prostitutes and "Johns" to advertise their services.
However, jurors did not buy Garza's story. A judge will punish him Monday. Garza, who's considered a habitual offender for several stints in prison, is facing 25 years to life in prison.
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Drug testing for unemployment passes Texas House
May 22, 2013 01:12 GMT
By CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A bill that would allow the state to drug screen unemployment applicants has passed the Texas House.
Rep. Brandon Creighton presented the measure to the House Tuesday night
The law would require state officials to screen applicants to see whether they might abuse drugs. Only if there is reasonable suspicion could the Texas Workforce Commission order a drug test.
Applicants for unemployment benefits could appeal for a retest, or keep their benefits if they enroll in a treatment process within seven days. Otherwise, the person could re-apply for benefits after 30 days.
Opponents complain the measure would hurt the families of workers who paid unemployment insurance while they were working. Civil liberties advocates also call it a warrantless search.
Another bill would require drug testing for welfare benefits.
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