Crime drops in Dallas, but chaos lingers throughout 2011
One of the biggest crime stories of 2011 in Dallas is that it appears on pace to decrease here for what would be a record eighth year in a row. But that doesn't mean chaos and mayhem took a holiday in North Texas in 2011.
Cases including the investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, the recent mass murder in Grapevine, the Occupy Dallas protests and a man who drowned his own sons in a creek have given 2011 its fair share of criminal justice headlines. Below are these and a few others that garnered attention in North Texas:
Episcopal School trial
A story that few hope will turn up in 2012 is one of the city's most talked about stories of 2011. It involved the civil trial against the Episcopal School of Dallas. The private institution was found negligent by a Dallas County jury in September, which determined that school officials were in the wrong for forcing a student to leave the school after her sexual relationship with a teacher was discovered in 2009. The student, was 16 when the seven-month relationship with popular history teacher Nathan Campbell began.
Campbell, who was 34, resigned and admitted to the relationship. School officials forced the girl to transfer, claiming that they believed it was in her best interest. The jury disagreed, and after a more than two-month trial, awarded the girl and her family $9.2 million in damages. Campbell accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced in October to 10 years deferred adjudication for sexual assault of a child.
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