Criminal Trials

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    November 11, 2014

    Bipartisan Lawyers Step up to Defend Rick Perry. Seriously.

    Traditionally, when anyone claims that a bipartisan group got together to protest anything, you can issue a snort of derision and comfortably state that if such group is bipartisan than pigs can take wing. However, in this one case Gov. Rick Perry seems to have pulled off the impossible. Yes, someh ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Lab Reports Show Hundreds "Convicted in Error" For Drug Offenses

    In recent months the Harris County District Attorney's Office has sent out hundreds of notices to defendants convicted of drug offenses, telling them that forensic lab reports show they were "convicted in error." The Houston Press has obtained copies of those letters from Wayne Dolcefino, a former ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Jordy Tollett, Former "Mister Downtown," is Again in Jail Because of Booze

    Once a political wheeler-dealer and head of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gerard Jay "Jordy" Tollett is again in jail because of alcohol. Records show Tollett, now Pasadena Convention Center general manager, was arrested for drunk driving in Nassau Bay on March 4, 2012. Tollet ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    In Search of the Robert Durst Candy at CVS

    Robert Durst did it again. That was the news Monday night and Tuesday morning after news broke that the millionaire who was acquitted of a Galveston murder allegedly peed on candy at a Kirby CVS. Groundbreaking stuff, we know. Harris County District Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff McShan told Hai ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    Fraud Scheme Doesn't End Well for National Guardsman from Houston

    A scheme to make away with sign-up incentives offered by the local National Guard Bureau probably seemed bullet-proof at first. Christopher Renfro, a 26-year-old Houstonian, would get the names of people who wanted to be soldiers, and add them to his referral list. He'd already set up the online acc ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2014

    The First 48 Makes Millions While the Innocent Have Their Lives Ruined

    Once you're charged with murder on A&E's The First 48, you're guilty for life - even if you're innocent.

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    January 30, 2014

    Guy Who Hid Body in a Trunk Won't Get a New Trial

    Steven Weinstein, the guy who killed a man, hid his body in a trunk and proceeded to try and hide the smell of rotting flesh for months with air fresheners, won't be getting a new trial, the Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled. Jerry Glaspie, 28, disappeared on January 29, 2007, and his decomposing ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Denies Duane Buck a New Sentencing Hearing

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied Duane Buck's appeal for a new sentencing, meaning an execution date can be set if the Harris County District Attorney's Office chooses to seek an execution date. Buck was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1997 for the murders of his ex-girlfrie ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Last Three Scumbags Plead Guilty in Sex Trafficking Case

    The last three defendants in what federal prosecutors called the single biggest domestic sex trafficking ring in the Southern District of Texas have pleaded guilty to forcing women and minors into prostitution. John Butler, 52, Jamine Lake, 30, and Ronnie Presley, 38, face between five and 20 years ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Roger Clemens: Not Guilty On All Counts

    A federal jury has exonerated pitching legend Roger Clemens on all six perjury charges, ending an incredibly long saga. Clemens was charged with perjury for statements he made to a Congressional panel indicating he never, ever, ever used any performance-enhancing drugs, a statement believed only by ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012
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    October 14, 2011

    Rebecca Delagarza: Teacher Had Sex, Massive Text Exchanges with 14-Year-Old Female Student

    Photo via KTRKRebecca Delagarza: Had sex with 14-year-old female student, cops say.​For eight months beginning last fall, Rebecca Rose Delagarza, 26, Pasadena middle-school coach, had numerous sexual encounters in her office or a locker-room storage room with a 14-year-old female student, cour ... More >>

  • News

    July 21, 2011

    The Unexpected Guest

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

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    April 15, 2011

    Barsana Dham Ashram, Once Home to Wanted Felon Guru Prakashanand Saraswati, Changes Name and Appoints a New Leader -- Another Accused Rapist

    Out with one groping guru; in with another.​Prakashanand Saraswati, the 82-year-old Austin-based guru who fled the country once he was found guilty of more than 20 counts of sexual indecency with his female followers, is still on the run. U.S. Marshals think he's hiding out in Mexico, trying t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: DA Pat Lykos Says Don't Blame Me for Her Getting Away

    Jessica Tata is in Nigeria and is wanted​District Attorney Pat Lykos had an afternoon press conference today to rebut claims that her office did not act quickly enough in the case of Jessica Tata, who owned a daycare where four kids died in a fire, allowing Tata to escape to Nigeria. "Suggest ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011

    Dead Center

    Bad things keep happening to people in Shawn Roberts's orbit.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Edwin Charles Harrison: Harris County's Financial Director Indicted For Non-County Related Fraud

    Edwin Charles Harrison: "...and I just can't hide it"​The job of being Harris County's financial director likely includes many requirements: Among them, we presume, is you can't be indicted for financial fraud.Edwin Charles Harrison, 54, will find out whether that's true pretty soon. The District ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Metro Didn't Illegally Shred Any Documents, DA Says

    Metro shares some good news from the District Attorney. ​Metro released news today that the District Attorney's Office has closed its investigation into allegations that Metro employees were illegally destroying documents and violating the Texas Public Information Act. In a one-paragraph letter se ... More >>

  • News

    May 20, 2010

    Cop As Victim?

    Readers respond to "On Hold"

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    May 19, 2010

    John Goodman, Bazillionaire Polo Patron, Finally Arrested In Connection With Fatal February Crash

    Trouble in criminal and civil court looms for Goodman​It only took about three months, but John Goodman, the Houston-bred multi-millionaire playboy air conditioning heir and Palm Beach polo patron, is finally behind bars. Daybreak found him in the Palm Beach County jail on $100,000 bond, facing ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Michael Serges Fights What He Says Are Racist Policies In A Constable's Office

    Exonerated, but can' t get his old job back​Imagine someone seemingly came out nowhere and accused you of a crime, and that your boss fired you because of the accusation. You spend money hiring a lawyer and you go to trial, where you are acquitted and then set free. You'd like to think you could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Former MHMRA Psychologist Leddy Convicted of Fraud

    Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office​A former psychologist with the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, who evaluated defendants in close to 1,000 criminal cases during his time with the agency, recently pled guilty to Medicaid fraud. Matthew Leddy, the ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    The Key/Kashmere Case That May Vanish Into the Void

    ​Investigations are essentially complete into the Key Middle School/Kashmere High School fiasco Superintendent Terry Grier said Tuesday. All except for the part that HISD investigators have discovered that at least one other person and perhaps two were also involved in the multitude of alleged pr ... More >>

  • News

    January 14, 2010

    A&M Assault Case and Abortion Super Center?

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    June 2, 2009

    After Three Tries, Homeless Advocate Gets His Day In Court -- And Loses

    It was the trial of the century! Well, err, maybe not ... but to Nick Cooper it felt like it took that long to finally get the right to fight a traffic ticket in Houston's municipal court.In early May 2007, Cooper was handing out apples to a group of homeless people in an alley near the 2000 block o ... More >>

  • 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.

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    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

    October 30, 2008

    Know Your Texas Cults

    With the April raid of Warren Jeffs' FLDS ranch still earning headlines, smaller sects (or “boutique cults,” as Hair Balls likes to call them) in Texas are getting the short shrift. How many people do you think took notice of the fact that an elder in the Abilene-based House of Yaweh was convict ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Priscilla Slade and the TSU Three

    Spurred on by a fellow student's death, Oliver Brown, William Hudson and Justin Jordan ran a gauntlet on their way to bring down a president

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    October 7, 2004

    The Prince of Perjury Palace

    In court, the truth didn't matter -- he got his child anyway

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    August 26, 2004

    Truth and Consequences

    Sometimes in the game of cops and robbers, telling your story is no defense

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    November 6, 2003

    Pens and Needles

    Federal turf fights and deals mark the legacy of a union bribery case

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    July 4, 2002

    Innocence Lost

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

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    May 16, 2002

    The Dutiful Son

    Galveston prosecutors say David Hisey stole more than $700,000 from his elderly parents, murdered them, then lived with their dead bodies. David says he did what his parents wanted.

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    October 18, 2001

    Payback Time?

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

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Mercenary or Media Martyr?

    A self-proclaimed journalist has had a paying job -- private eye

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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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    February 10, 2000

    The Judge Who Can't Talk Straight

    Can a statewide race save Jim Wallace from himself?

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    January 20, 2000

    The Insider

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

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    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.

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    December 23, 1999

    The Insider

    Strange Association. The ties that bind former mayor Whitmire with a sex offender

  • News

    October 8, 1998

    Making It Right

    Jessie Phillips wants more than a not-guilty verdict in a five-year quest to clear his name

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    June 18, 1998
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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 29, 1997
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    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.

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    January 25, 1996


    Since Dr. Joe retired as Harris Countys chief medical examiner, the morgue itself has been undergoing a critical examination. Whats been uncovered botched postmortems, illegal tissue-harvesting, double-dipping pathologists reveals a county office thats op

  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Killer Behind the Badge

    Susan White complained to friends and authorities about Deputy Joseph Kent McGowen, but nobody listened. Then he killed her.

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    October 27, 1994
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    July 28, 1994

    Rudy T Drives the Lane

    In Clutch City, nothing's too good for our champions

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