Appellate Trials

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    June 17, 2014

    Federal Case Against Cop Who Shot Robbie Tolan Headed Back to Court

    A federal appeals court has sent a civil rights claim against a white Bellaire police officer who shot an unarmed black man in his parents' driveway back to trial court. Issued today by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the ruling revives a claim filed by Robbi ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Michelle Gaines Case, $8 Million Judgment Remains Overturned

    The U. S. Supreme Court today rejected the appeal by Michelle Gaines, the Palestine, TX woman we wrote about in August who as a teenager was broadsided by an 18-wheeler with no brakes and suffered extensive lasting brain injuries. Initially a jury had awarded Gaines more than $8 million in damages ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    EPA Can't Block Texas's Clean-Air Rules for Being Too Lax, Appeals Court Says

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds when it rejected a Texas clean-air plan it thought was too lax, an appellate court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the EPA was limited to reviewing whether Texas's controversial plan met the absolute minimums o ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    David Earl Brown: Court Reverses Montrose Killer's Conviction Because of Suicide Attempt

    David Earl Brown shot Whitt Bruney to death in Montrose in 2008, a case that garnered attention because, among other things, Bruney had built a panic room because of his fear of Brown. Brown said the shooting was in self-defense, but a jury convicted him and gave him ten years in prison. Now an ap ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Carlos Diaz de Leon, Others Can Sue El Paso for Alleged Cop Harassment over Gay Kiss

    What's wrong with a little PDA? If you're in El Paso -- and gay -- it may get you threatened with arrest over a nonexistent law, a group alleges in a suit. A trial court ruled the four men, led by Carlos Diaz de Leon, could not sue the city over the incident, but the 8th Court of Appeals has now ru ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Texas Gay Divorce: Court Rules Against Abbott, But on Technical Terms

    Greg Abbott's attempt to grandstand is rejected​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened as fast as he could in a lesbian divorce case in Austin, but it wasn't fast enough, an appeals court has ruled. Abbott wanted to intervene in the suit because God knows if he didn't it would have led ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Some Judicial Action In Those Bad-Faith Worker's-Comp Insurance Cases

    ​In 2008 we wrote about the problems with Texas Mutual Insurance, a company accused of bad-faith dealings with people who had filed worker's comp claims through them.Two recent court actions have advanced things a bit, including what could be an important showdown at the Texas Supreme Court.The fi ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Bob Perry Loses A Big Verdict In Fort Worth

    Bob Perry​Houston homebuilder Bob Perry usually gets what he wants, whether it's John Kerry getting Swift-Boated out of the White House or a Texas Supreme Court filled with his pals and recipients of his campaign cash.One thing he really wanted was to beat Bob & Jane Cull of Mansfield in a cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Insurance Employees Plead Guilty To Living The High Life

    ​Two employees of The Hartford, which the rest of us call The Hartford Insurance Company, pleaded guilty today to charges that they let a Houston attorney entertain the hell out of them in return for helping him make a mint off lawsuits.Rachel Rossow and Frederick Prestage pleaded guilty to conspi ... More >>

  • News

    January 15, 2009

    The Chron, Enron Hatah

    A federal court quotes a dog

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    The Houston Chronicle Is Responsible For Jeff Skilling's Prison Term, Court Finds

    As everyone knows, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Enron's Jeff Skilling this week, although it overturned his sentence in a move that might slightly reduce it.Skilling's most passionate local supporter in the blogworld, attorney Tom Kirkendall of Houston's Clear Thinkers, ... More >>

  • News

    November 13, 2008

    Bad Faith and Texas Mutual Insurance

    Houston attorney Mike Doyle and TMI are locked in a battle over truth, lies and an employee's right to workers' comp benefits.

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    September 11, 2008

    The 99-Cent Dog Store

    It's low-rent, but legal

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    May 3, 2007

    Coming Up Empty

    This six-year battle for a strip club reads like a Monty Python joke — complete with dead parrots

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    January 20, 2005

    Judging Andrea

    A justice surprises critics by reversing the Yates verdict

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    October 7, 2004

    Running Over the Defense?

    Clara Harris argues that Justice Nuchia, the ex-chief of police, has never met a conviction he didn't like

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    January 29, 2004

    Visitors' Guide

    Get Bowled over by the best of the real Bayou City

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    May 15, 2003

    Passive Aggressive

    A court slaps down the D.A.'s bid to broadly expand its antipollution powers

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    December 26, 2002

    All I Want for Christmas Is...

    A shopping list for your favorite political types

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Court Ruling

    U.S. District Judge David Hittner

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    Tough Sailing

    Unread evidence and claims of shredding send a cruise suit into the shoals

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Child Support

    The same extreme measures that saved Sidney Miller at birth also severely disabled her 11 years ago. Texas courts are still trying to determine who should pay for it -- and could set a legal precedent in the process.

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    December 27, 2001

    A Gay Rights Suit Returns

    A mother continues her quest for justice in her son's murder

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    November 15, 2001

    Lott of Trouble

    Appellate delays kept the client out of jail -- but not his lawyer

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    October 18, 2001

    Payback Time?

    Dick DeGuerin beat the IRS. Now there's a bigger war over basic rights.

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    May 17, 2001

    Very Appealing

    Nichols's Houston attorney turns upbeat about the FBI's newest foibles

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    December 28, 2000

    (Ore)gone to Hell?

    His body was riddled with police bullets. The case against the cops also may be riddled with holes.

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    November 9, 2000

    Of Love and Hate

    Houston-filmed Buchanan ads are decried as racist

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    November 2, 2000

    Lonesome Donkey

    Refusing to switch, Andell fights for his bench

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Administrative Judge

    Chief Justice Michael Schneider, First Court of Appeals

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Subpoena Envy

    A legislative panel summons local GOP leaders to a show-and-tell

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    August 3, 2000

    Innocent at Last

    After ten years, prosecutors finally concede that Roy Criner is not guilty and should be free

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    July 20, 2000

    Suck-Up Time

    Court on a hot tin roof

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    July 20, 2000

    GOP Inc.

    How "Scary" Gary Polland turned his party apparatus into a political slot machine

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    July 13, 2000

    Death Row Show

    The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.

  • News

    May 6, 1999

    The Channel 13 Exclusive

    Sylvester Turner, Wayne Dolcefino and the story that changed everything

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    February 11, 1999

    Walter Mitty in Robes?

    Murphy's law reigns

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    January 7, 1999
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    December 10, 1998

    Balancing the Bench

    Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?

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    August 13, 1998

    Of Life and Death

    While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome Houston murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers is trying to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry

  • News

    June 25, 1998

    Capital Irony

    As Governor Bush reviews the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a local lawyer casts a jaundiced eye

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    February 26, 1998

    How to Beat City Hall

    Just get the help of some City of Houston attorneys who can show you how to anger a judge, enrage a jury and (maybe) stick the taxpayers with a bill for $148 million

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    May 22, 1997
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    April 10, 1997
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    August 29, 1996

    No Time for Sergeants

    The Houston Police Department puts high-ranking cops out on the street

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    December 7, 1995
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    January 12, 1995

    Video Pulpit

    A Houston judge takes his quest for juvenile justice into national syndication

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    November 17, 1994

    What the Tide Brought In

    Meet Smilin' Steve Mansfield, who washed up on the Court of Criminal Appeals