Dallas Morning News

From the Dallas Morning News:
A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel:
“an intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.'”
“See, I have a problem with that passion business,” responded the jurycandidate. “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.”
She wasn’t selected for the jury.

Columbia, S.C. (AP) – A retired judge drew 1 1/2 years in prison forawarding a woman child support and custody of her child in exchange for sex.
The woman’s lawyer, who arranged the trysts, got a two-year sentence and a$1,500 fine from by Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper. Former Family Court Judge SamMendenhall, who retired in 1992, pleaded guilty Monday to misconduct. Thelawyer, Samuel Fewell, pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Mendenhall, 54, and Fewell,58, are former state legislators.
Dorothy Carpenter said Mendenhall awarded her custody and child support in1983 and 1984 in exchange for sex. Carpenter said she also had sex with Fewellin exchange for legal services but fired him in 1985 after he and the judge grewtoo demanding.
Carpenter, who is facing unrelated arson charges, filed a complaint againstMendenhall and Fewell in 1991 with the state Supreme Court, which oversees thejudicial system. She said her lawyer in the arson case urged her to file the complaint.
Carpenter is charged with conspiracy in connection with a 1991 fire in herClover home that killed two people. The case is pending.
Fewell’s sentence will run concurrently with a 2 1/2-year federal sentence hereceived in March for cocaine possession and tax evasion.

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