In Crime and Punishment News, An Ex-HP Cop and a Former Taxman Are Going to Prison

A couple of notable press releases from the U.S. Attorney's Office just landed in the Unfair Park in-box, the most recent of which has to do with a former Internal Revenue Service employee sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 16 months in the federal hoosegow for taking a bribe. Maybe you recall, though you probably don't: Back in October, 33-year-old Fernando Hernandez was at his desk in the Dallas I.R.S. office when FBI agents came in to arrest him -- for taking a $2,000 bribe from taxpayer in exchange for the promise that, nosiree, no way no how would he get audited. Hernandez got the max sentence: Said Lindsey, when a taxman will accept a bribe, why, it "breeds contempt and disrespect for the I.R.S, as well as law enforcement, generally." ...

As opposed to this, also just in from the U.S. Attorney? Lindsay also sentenced to prison today 59-year-old James Robert Clayton of Mesquite, who's getting 10 years for possessing child pornography, including "images [that] depicted prepubescent children as well as sadistic or masochistic conduct," according to the press release. The U.S. Attorney sends a handful of these disturbing notices almost every day. But this one's different: According to the feds, "Clayton was a police officer with the Highland Park Police Department from September 1973 to July 1978 and an officer with the Plano Police Department from 1979 to February 2004."

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