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 >>
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 >>
Seriously, hide your kids. Hide your wife.As YouTube celeb Antoine Dodson might say, "Hide yo kids. Hide yo wife, 'cause they be rapin' everybody up in here." In the case of Jonathan Hall, the 23-year-old Missouri City man sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 69-year-old ... 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.
Trishana Broussard: If blowing underage boys in cemeteries is wrong, she don't wanna be rightA 37-year-old East Texas woman is going to prison after pleading no contest to engaging in oral sex with three teenaged boys. On Monday, Trishana "Mama Bear" Broussard was sentenced to a six-year se ... More >>
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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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.
The DA doesn't make deals. And that's why Jesus Salazar is living the free life in Venezuela while a teenage girl lies dead, stabbed 26 times.
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
In court, the truth didn't matter -- he got his child anyway
Sometimes in the game of cops and robbers, telling your story is no defense
Federal turf fights and deals mark the legacy of a union bribery case
Internal feuds and investigations cripple the agency representing accused convicts
The D.A.'s policy cuts into an inmate advocacy program
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
A respected preacher gets busted for child pornography on his computer. Has he delved into the worst of cyberspace depravity or just the stuff of scholarly research?
The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.
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
Assistant district attorney Kristen Pain sent criminals to jail -- and then went to jail herself.
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.
Profanity has its day in court, and emerges triumphant