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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Greg Abbott's attempt to grandstand is rejectedTexas 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 >>
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 >>
Bob PerryHouston 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 >>
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 >>
A federal court quotes a dog
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 >>
Houston attorney Mike Doyle and TMI are locked in a battle over truth, lies and an employee's right to workers' comp benefits.
It's low-rent, but legal
This six-year battle for a strip club reads like a Monty Python joke complete with dead parrots
A justice surprises critics by reversing the Yates verdict
Clara Harris argues that Justice Nuchia, the ex-chief of police, has never met a conviction he didn't like
Get Bowled over by the best of the real Bayou City
A court slaps down the D.A.'s bid to broadly expand its antipollution powers
A shopping list for your favorite political types
U.S. District Judge David Hittner
Unread evidence and claims of shredding send a cruise suit into the shoals
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.
A mother continues her quest for justice in her son's murder
Appellate delays kept the client out of jail -- but not his lawyer
Dick DeGuerin beat the IRS. Now there's a bigger war over basic rights.
Nichols's Houston attorney turns upbeat about the FBI's newest foibles
His body was riddled with police bullets. The case against the cops also may be riddled with holes.
Houston-filmed Buchanan ads are decried as racist
Refusing to switch, Andell fights for his bench
Chief Justice Michael Schneider, First Court of Appeals
A legislative panel summons local GOP leaders to a show-and-tell
After ten years, prosecutors finally concede that Roy Criner is not guilty and should be free
Court on a hot tin roof
How "Scary" Gary Polland turned his party apparatus into a political slot machine
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.
Sylvester Turner, Wayne Dolcefino and the story that changed everything
Murphy's law reigns
Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?
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
As Governor Bush reviews the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a local lawyer casts a jaundiced eye
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
The Houston Police Department puts high-ranking cops out on the street
A Houston judge takes his quest for juvenile justice into national syndication
Meet Smilin' Steve Mansfield, who washed up on the Court of Criminal Appeals