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 >>
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 >>
Dorothy Clark Canfield might look like your grandmother, but in lockup she had an ominous nickname: "No Soul." Canfield, 85, apparently picked up the moniker after being jailed in Montgomery County in 2012 on charges that she swindled undocumented immigrants out of $100,000 after posing as an immi ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Once you're charged with murder on A&E's The First 48, you're guilty for life - even if you're innocent.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.
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 >>
Jessica Tata is in Nigeria and is wantedDistrict 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 >>
Bad things keep happening to people in Shawn Roberts's orbit.
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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Trouble in criminal and civil court looms for GoodmanIt 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 >>
Exonerated, but can' t get his old job backImagine 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 >>
Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's OfficeA 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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.
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 >>
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 >>
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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Federal turf fights and deals mark the legacy of a union bribery case
The D.A.'s policy cuts into an inmate advocacy program
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.
Dick DeGuerin beat the IRS. Now there's a bigger war over basic rights.
A self-proclaimed journalist has had a paying job -- private eye
Nichols's Houston attorney turns upbeat about the FBI's newest foibles
Can a statewide race save Jim Wallace from himself?
Report No Evil! UH threatens its top cop for reporting a star athlete's misdeeds
Strange Association. The ties that bind former mayor Whitmire with a sex offender
A federal lawsuit accuses the county of upping the pressure for guilty pleas
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
Traffic-ticket lawyer David Sprecher is a master at beating the system. But the system may need him more than his clients do.
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
Susan White complained to friends and authorities about Deputy Joseph Kent McGowen, but nobody listened. Then he killed her.
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