CSI, the venerable CBS television franchise, has placed forensic evidence at the forefront of many people's mind in regard to solving criminal cases. There is a belief -- albeit one without any empirical support -- that CSI and its ilk have made it harder for prosecutors in cases to get convictions ... More >>
The 7th Amendment to the Constitution allows for the right to a jury trial. The 8th Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." A new report by Human Rights Watch shows that federal criminal defendants, especially those charged with drug crimes, are having their constitutional rights arguab ... More >>
The state's juvenile justice system is failing the girls in its custody, according to a new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The findings of a one-day survey of approximately 100 girls at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex suggest that the residents, most of whom ... More >>
Police can keep your cash, car and other property, regardless of whether you've been convicted of – let alone charged with – a crime.
Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.
Running a red light and killing someone does not automatically mean you're in trouble in Harris County.
Harris County is seeing a big spike in domestic-violence cases this year, District Attorney Patricia Lykos' office announced today. They also announced they've taken a variety of steps to handle it.Jane Waters, chief of the DA's Family Criminal Law Division, reported that 4,900 family violence ch ... More >>
Teens could go to TYC till they're 19, then have another hearing to determine parole or prison after that.
Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.
Photo courtesy patlykos.comA non-working DNA lab and lack of proper policies were among the biggest contributors to the wrongful incarceration of Ricardo Rachell, District Attorney Pat Lykos said today at a press conference in the Criminal Justice Center.Lykos and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt a ... More >>
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 >>
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed aggravated assault charges against J Prince, founder and CEO of Houston’s Rap-a-Lot Records, Rap-a-Lot announced today. The charges stemmed from a January 2007 incident at Prince’s Prince Complex gymnasium, where Studio 7303 owner Ronn ... More >>
They've fought for justice for nine years, but time is running out
Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization
The judiciary starts scrambling after state cuts in visiting judges
Robert Casey told on Constable Perry Wooten. Wooten fired him. Now Casey and two other people are suing to get their jobs back.
A court slaps down the D.A.'s bid to broadly expand its antipollution powers
Internal feuds and investigations cripple the agency representing accused convicts
The D.A.'s policy cuts into an inmate advocacy program
A state law can't break up a juvenile courtroom gang
How Ken Bentsen got run over by a rainbow
Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?
County prosecutors and the sheriff target a controversial judge
Local officials say they are only after compliance and cleanups. Critics claim otherwise.
For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.
The D.A. and county attorney dip into office funds to up the influence in judicial polls
Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.
Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?
Are prosecutors circumventing the new law designed to preserve DNA evidence?
Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.
This time, a plan to bring drug courts here has real teeth
He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.
Did Johnny Penry's abusive childhood prevent him from developing a moral compass that might have stopped him from murdering Pam Carpenter? Or is he just another cold, calculating killer?
Desperately seeking Susan
Sandra Orellana became known as the woman who had sex on a hotel balcony and fell to her death. Her family says that's a lie- she was murdered by her boss.
How "Scary" Gary Polland turned his party apparatus into a political slot machine
Make yourself heard
Brazoria's D.A. raises privacy issues over DPS emissions tests
Is the D.A.'s office for sale to the highest bidder?
Report No Evil! UH threatens its top cop for reporting a star athlete's misdeeds
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
In Janice Law's quests for a judgeship, the fourth time was a charm -- and now an alarm for the rest of the courthouse
Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right
Abrasive encounters with some Hispanics, cash-and-carry court appointments coupled with hefty campaign contributions. Critics wonder if Pat Shelton's speedy dockets are outrunning justice.
The macho world of trial law is ruled by tough, hard-driving men -- and by Katherine Scardino, a tough, hard-driving woman
Since his death, teenage inmate Rodney Hulin has become a national symbol of why it's wrong to send juveniles to adult prisons. His true story, though, paints a different kind of troubling picture.
A Houston judge takes his quest for juvenile justice into national syndication