Brian Wice

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Judge In Adrian Peterson Case Will Not Be Recused

    If you're somebody who wants the child abuse trial of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to begin as quickly as possible (a subset of people that happens to include one Mr. Adrian Peterson), then you received the news you wanted to hear on Wednesday in the decision whether or not to recu ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Court of Criminal Appeals Hears Homicide "Junk Science" Case

    We don't know how 17-month-old Tristen Rivet died. Neither does the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. The problem is, that medical examiner once thought she knew how Rivet died. Patricia Moore believed the toddler was murdered. And Moore testified to that effect in a Montgomery County c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Judge Denise Pratt in Runoff -- But What of Her Peculiar "Gag Order"?

    Now that incumbent Harris County Family Court Judge Denise Pratt is in a runoff, we thought it would be a good time for another look at Pratt's bizarre gag order of January 2013. It appears to be a blanket order barring any party or attorney with such a pending case from talking to the media, or ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Neal Robbins: Serving Life for a Homicide -- Only Now There is No Official "Homicide."

    In 1998, a Harris County associate medical examiner ruled that 17- month old Tristan Rivet died as a result of homicide, and a Montgomery County jury decided that Neal Robbins killed her. In 2007, the same medical examiner decided she made a mistake, and that the cause of death should have been "un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    How Tom DeLay's Lawyer Learned To Love Mini-Satan As He Prepares For Wednesday's Hearing

    Tom DeLay, the man who once easily held the title Most Hated Republican in his clawed hands, will finally have his hearing over campaign-finance money-laundering charges Wednesday before a three-judge panel in Austin. It's been a long road for the former congressman from Sugar Land -- some of the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Judge Jim #@&*@ Sharp: Rate His Cursing As He Tries To Spring Friend's Daughter From Jail

    Justice Jim Sharp of the 1st Court of Appeals is a guy who doesn't mince words, it's safe to say. He's dealing with the fallout of all that, as the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has hit him with a public reprimand for his actions in connection with a January arrest of a friend's daughter in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Diane Tran, Almost-Jailed Honors Student: Her Lawyer Urges Her Not To Reject Donations

    Diane Tran, the straight-A student who was almost jailed for missing too many classes while working two jobs to support her younger brother, says she may not accept the $1000,000 or so raised on her behalf, saying other kids are more needy. Her lawyer, however, is urging her to. "Diane has been ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Is Tom DeLay Actually (Gasp) Correct That A Democratic Justice Can't Judge His Case Fairly?

    Long before his tragically brief heyday on Dancing With The Stars, Sugar Land's Tom DeLay was convicted of campaign-finance violations. He's appealing that conviction to the state's 3rd Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, but many of the judges have taken themselves off the case. One justice who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Blue-Eyed Butcher: Lifetime's Susan Wright Movie, Viciously Reviewed By One Of Her Attorneys

    Susan Wright is the Houston woman who tied her husband to their bed and stabbed him 193 times. Kelly Siegler is the prosecutor who re-enacted that scene in court, bringing in a bed, tying a fellow prosecutor to it, and then fake-stabbing him 193 times for the jury's sake. Lifetime has made a movie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    The Susan Wright Lifetime Movie Blue Eyed Butcher Looks Awful, Script Shows

    Michael Keaton is NOT in the movie but....​Because God wants us to suffer, the Lifetime network is airing a made-for-TV movie about the Susan Wright case March 3. Wright, you'll remember, is the woman convicted of tying her husband to the bed and stabbing him 193 times, a scene re-enacted in c ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2011

    Out of Hand

    Michael Glyn Brown was recently acquitted of assaulting his wife. But that's only the latest allegation against the violent, drug-abusing doctor, long a fixture of Houston TV commercials and society.

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    September 19, 2011

    Brown Trial: Jury Still Out

    Michael Brown awaits a jury decision.​The jury in Michael Brown's assault trial will resume deliberations tomorrow, unable to reach a decision after three hours today. The deliberation followed fiery closing arguments by prosecutors Jane Waters and Nathan Hennigan, acting more alive than they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Brown Trial: Rachel And Bagwell, Sittin' in a Tree

    Jeff Bagwell lends a hand​Judge Jim Wallace did not allow Michael Brown's lawyers to introduce evidence that the ex-hand surgeon's wife is banging former Astro Jeff Bagwell in Brown's assault trial today. Arguing admissibility after the jury was excused, attorney Dick DeGuerin got Rachel Brow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Rob $1K from a Bank, Get Four Years; Defraud It of $100K, Get One Year

    The hammer comes down, sometimes.​Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen. -- Woody Guthrie, "Pretty Boy Floyd" Our advice: Do your bank robbing with the fountain pen. Or its modern equivalent. One ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Tom DeLay's Appeal Brief Is As Hilariously Over the Top As He Is

    Tom DeLay knows about razzle-dazzle.​Tom DeLay's embarrassing stint on Dancing with the Stars apparently taught him one thng: Go Hollywood and go brash. The appellate brief filed seeking to overturn his money-laundering conviction is, courtesy of Houston lawyer Brian Wice, as over the top as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Jerry Eversole's Trial: The Winners and Losers

    The youthful Eversole, before the feds started pestering him.​Jerry Eversole surprised a lot of people when he escaped conviction on bribery charges. A hung jury ended in a mistrial, but prosecutors expect to take another swing at it soon. In the meantime, everyone is poking through the wrec ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011

    He's Only a Perv

    Court rules video voyeur not a child pornographer

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    February 28, 2011

    Alan Ray Steen: Just a Perv, Not a Child Pornographer

    A tanning bed is not sexy, court rules​The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has formally ruled: Alan Ray Steen is a pervert, he's not a child pornographer. Steen liked to go to tanning salons and stick a video camera over the cubicle wall to tape women; one day the person he taped turned out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Susan Wright, Who Stabbed Her Husband 200 Times, Gets Slightly Lower Sentence

    Susan Wright: Slight reduction in sentence​Things usually haven't gone half-assed in the Susan Wright case -- you've got her stabbing her tied-up-in-bed husband 200 times; you've got a prosecutor bringing a bed into the courtroom, tying up a colleague and then pretending  to stab him 200 time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Former Judge Pleads Guilty To Keying A Neighbor's Car

    Former district judge Woody Densen,a little-missed Harris County courthouse fixture, has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and fined $1,500 for the idiotic, petty keying of a neighbor's car caught on security video, the Houston Chronicle is reporting.Densen was apparently annoyed that the neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Judge Blasts Autopsy In Baby-Killer Case; New Trial May Happen

    ​Eleven years into a life sentence for killing his girlfriend's daughter, Neil Robbins might be granted a new trial.After hearing arguments this morning from Robbins's attorney, Brian Wice, and Montgomery County District Attorney Bill Delmore, District Court Judge Michael Mayes concluded that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Agrees With The Houston Press

    Photo courtesy Marshall Wice​You know, when the Houston Press names someone the Best Criminal Defense Attorney, we expect that the high honor will result in further good works -- it's the whole Obama-Nobel Prize train of thought.So it should come as no surprise this morning that recent winner Bria ... More >>

  • News

    October 8, 2009

    You Can't Be Serious

    Our readers debate this year's Best of Houston® winners.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Former Judge Woody Densen Indicted, And There Is Much Rejoicing Among Some Veteran Lawyers

    Former district judge Woody Densen was indicted today for criminal mischief after getting caught on video keying a neighbor's car. It's a state-jail felony charge, since the car damaged was expensive, so he's facing up to two years in jail.And around the courthouse, among veteran lawyers, there is m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Woman Who Stabbed Husband 200 Times May Get New Punishment Hearing, This Time Without A Dramatic Re-Enactment

    Photo courtesy Marshall WiceSusan Wright, the woman who killed her husband and whose trial featured a prosecutor tying another to a bed and pretending to stab him 200 times, may get a new sentence.Wright stabbed her husband for real and then tried to hide his body; her attorney argued that she had s ... More >>

  • News

    December 25, 2008

    "Nicest Guy" Gets Break

    Still on death row, though

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    "Nicest Guy On Death Row" Gets A Reprieve

    In a ruling Friday that flew under the radar until today, US District Judge Vanessa Gilmore overturned the capital-murder conviction of Mariano Rosales, because Harris County prosecutors had improperly rejected minorities from the jury pool.The technical term for the tossing-minority-jurors claim is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    A Very, Very Rare Purge Begins At The DA's Office

    It was an odd mix of feelings around the tables at Char Bar last night, as the prosecutors who had just been given their pink slips from incoming DA Pat Lykos gathered to meet with sympathizers.No one wants to lose a job in this economy, of course; on the other hand, some had been vocal supporters o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Change Comes To The Harris County Courthouse

    No doubt some Harris County attorneys woke up with a bad hangover today, either from repeatedly toasting their candidates’ victory, or drowning the sorrows swelled by a tidal partisan shift. But criminal defense lawyers Brian Wice and Randy Schaffer told Hair Balls this morning that, either way, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Update From Beaumont Cop: Those Orgasms Sucked

    As we reported before, former Beaumont police officer Keith Breiner is suing to get his job back. He was fired for having sex during a prostitution sting; he says he got approval to do it, the police brass are saying he didn't. You make sacrifices and you get thrown under the bus by management. It ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Tax Break for the Rich; Roger Clemens at the Capitol; Green Sex

    Mayor White gets help from the appraisal district

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    January 31, 2008

    Sign Me Up

    They'll take Iraq over Houston

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    Blog War!!

    Isiah Carey’s Insite, the always, perpetually, endlessly entertaining blog of the Fox 26 reporter (He loves the new Doobie Brothers DVD!!!! Almost as much as he loves exclamation points!!!), took a somewhat weird turn last week. Writing about the murder trial of Ashley Benton, the 17-year-old acc ... More >>

  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Graffiti artists get their moment to shine on camera

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    March 23, 2006

    A Blog of His Own

    One analyst indulges his gonzo side

  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Turkeys of the Year

    Just stuff 'em

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    No Pain, No Gain

    Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame

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    November 11, 2004

    Cut and Run

    No porn future for a Bobbitt protégé

  • News

    February 26, 2004

    Spring Thaw

    There's actual good news for CITGO's battling refinery union

  • News

    November 18, 1999

    Strong Convictions

    Hard-line leaders such as loopy Stephen Mansfield have taken their agenda to the Court of Criminal Appeals, where legal precedents--not prosecutions--get overturned

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Shame, Shame, Shame

    Judge Ted Poe's shame-based punishments have brought him fame and the D.A.'s job...if he wants it

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Law and Disorder

    In Janice Law's quests for a judgeship, the fourth time was a charm -- and now an alarm for the rest of the courthouse

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Rough Justice

    Last week Anthony Ray Westley was executed for a murder he may not have committed. Only his lawyer and family seemed to care.

  • News

    September 12, 1996

    Crimes of Hygiene

    City inspectors battle the scourge of Houston -- ill-kempt cabbies

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    The King and His Courts

    Traffic-ticket lawyer David Sprecher is a master at beating the system. But the system may need him more than his clients do.

  • News

    March 24, 1994

    Crime & Punishment

    Ten years ago, Anthony Ray Westley entered a bait shop to commit a crime. Was it a crime worth dying for?