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Criminal Law

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    CSI and Science: Crime Labs Across the Country Get it Wrong

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Report: Federal Prosecutors Trample Constitutional Rights in War on Drugs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    State Criminal Justice System Group: "Texas Failing Traumatized Girls"

    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 >>

  • News

    July 26, 2012

    Texan Challenges Civil Forfeiture Law

    Police can keep your cash, car and other property, regardless of whether you've been convicted of – let alone charged with – a crime.

  • News

    July 21, 2011

    The Unexpected Guest

    Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Grinding Justice

    Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.

  • News

    February 4, 2010

    Crash Reports

    Running a red light and killing someone does not automatically mean you're in trouble in Harris County.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Domestic Violence Cases Spike 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 >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    For Their Own Good: A Chance at Rehabilitation

    Teens could go to TYC till they're 19, then have another hearing to determine parole or prison after that.

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    For Their Own Good

    Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    DA's New DNA Policy Still Might Not Find Past Mistakes

    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 >>

  • 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

    July 10, 2008

    Prosecutors Dismiss Assault Charges in J Prince Gym Beating Case

    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 >>

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    The Last Word

    They've fought for justice for nine years, but time is running out

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Prison Break?

    Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Bench Blues

    The judiciary starts scrambling after state cuts in visiting judges

  • News

    June 5, 2003

    Screwed!

    Robert Casey told on Constable Perry Wooten. Wooten fired him. Now Casey and two other people are suing to get their jobs back.

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Passive Aggressive

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

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    On the Defense

    Internal feuds and investigations cripple the agency representing accused convicts

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Innocence Lost

    The D.A.'s policy cuts into an inmate advocacy program

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Old Ways Die Hard

    A state law can't break up a juvenile courtroom gang

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Nice Guy, Wrong Color

    How Ken Bentsen got run over by a rainbow

  • News

    January 31, 2002

    Dumped On

    Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?

  • News

    January 31, 2002

    Law Breakers

    County prosecutors and the sheriff target a controversial judge

  • News

    January 31, 2002

    Getting Wasted

    Local officials say they are only after compliance and cleanups. Critics claim otherwise.

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Sick Kids

    For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Bar Tabs

    The D.A. and county attorney dip into office funds to up the influence in judicial polls

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    Paying the Price

    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.

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Drug Money

    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?

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    Waivering Rights

    Are prosecutors circumventing the new law designed to preserve DNA evidence?

  • News

    May 24, 2001

    Rejected

    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.

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    Picking Up the Bill

    This time, a plan to bring drug courts here has real teeth

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    An Open Mike

    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.

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Knowing Right from Wrong

    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?

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Rob Todd Unredacted

    Desperately seeking Susan

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    A Deadly Passion

    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.

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    GOP Inc.

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

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Sand in Your Craw?

    Make yourself heard

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    A Yenne for Your Thoughts

    Brazoria's D.A. raises privacy issues over DPS emissions tests

  • News

    March 9, 2000

    Justice on the Block

    Is the D.A.'s office for sale to the highest bidder?

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    The Insider

    Report No Evil! UH threatens its top cop for reporting a star athlete's misdeeds

  • News

    January 13, 2000

    Love Hurts

    Six of her ex-lovers or associates are wounded or dead. Authorities wonder if old ways die hard for former Houston attorney Catherine Mehaffey Shelton.

  • 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

    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

    July 15, 1999

    Conspiracy Theory

    Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Bully on the Bench?

    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.

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Queen of the Good Ol' Boys

    The macho world of trial law is ruled by tough, hard-driving men -- and by Katherine Scardino, a tough, hard-driving woman

  • News

    May 14, 1998
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    August 7, 1997

    What Really Happened To Rodeny Hulin?

    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.

  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Video Pulpit

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

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