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Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Texas Justice
Hmmmmm....Texas...ain't Bush from there?

Originally published by Dallas Observer Apr 17, 2003
©2003 New Times, Inc. All rights reserved.

1-Hour Arrest
When does a snapshot of a mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn? Ask the Richardson police.

The service was fast, the judgments even hastier. Never did Jacqueline Mercado imagine that four rolls of film dropped off at an Eckerd Drugs one-hour photo lab near her home would turn her life inside out, threaten to send her to jail and prompt the state to take away her kids.

For Mercado and her family, last fall was a happy time, one they wanted to record and save in the venerable tradition of the family photo. Johnny Fernandez, Mercado's boyfriend, had just emigrated from Lima, Peru, ending a yearlong separation, and on top of that, it was their son's first birthday.(more)

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