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 >>
In 1998, a Harris County associate medical examiner ruled that 17- month old Tristan Rivet died as a result of homicide, and a Montgomery County jury decided that Neal Robbins killed her. In 2007, the same medical examiner decided she made a mistake, and that the cause of death should have been "un ... More >>
The Sharpstown teacher who was arrested and charged with one felony count of indecency with a child and two felony counts of an improper relationship with a student last week was previously investigated in 2011. Before coming to Sharpstown, Ysidoro Rosales-Motola was teaching at Westbury High Schoo ... More >>
Roderick O'Bryant got sucked into a court case that stole his life from him.
The criminal conviction of Jessica Tata, who owned the daycare where four children burned to death in 2011 is among more than 120 cases under review for possible exculpatory evidence, according to a letter the Harris County District Attorney's Office sent to criminal defense lawyers this week, in co ... More >>
You might say that bottle-blond, blue-eyed Sharon Anne Maxwell was the dark belle of Ore City, Texas. Over the past couple of decades, the 44-year-old femme fatale had married ten men in the town of 1,100 souls -- or roughly two percent of Ore City's total male population -- and prosecutors planne ... More >>
Trey Sesler, the 23-year-old YouTube anime critic who had been charged with killing three family members in rural Texas, has entered a guilty plea and been given life without parole, Waller County prosecutors say. Sesler gunned down his parents and a brother in their Houston home and then led cops ... More >>
Aaron Pennington: Going away for a long timeWe've told you before about Aaron Pennington, young bigwig in the small East Texas town of Grapeland. Pennington was from one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the area and was elected to the city council. His future seemed secure It's all ... More >>
Someone bribed, but it wasn't John O'Shea.The executive of a Sugar Land-based company who's been accused of paying bribes to Mexican officials was acquitted without the defense even putting on a case. John O'Shea, the former general manager of ABB Industries, was acquitted by U.S. District J ... More >>
Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.
Headed behind bars.The last defendant in the cases surrounding La Potra, a Houston bar accused of being the center of drug- and sex-trafficking, was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Wilson Sauzo, 29, was convicted on cocaine-running charges. Four others involved in the case were ... More >>
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 >>
Grandma gets chargedHarris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos' office announced today that they've successfully tracked down a boy who was taken away by his father as part of a messy domestic dispute four years ago."Lorena Perez had last hugged her son Isaiah, now 5, just before he disappear ... More >>
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 >>
A judge in Brazos County set a date -- June 21, 2010 -- for trial in the case of a Texas A&M student who was allegedly assaulted by two members of the Corps of Cadets, an incident the Houston Press wrote about in a January 2008 cover story, "Rotten to the Corps." The court date might not seem ... More >>
Photo courtesy Pat Lykos for DANot content to throw two of her prosecutors into the blender last week, Harris County DA Pat Lykos has decided to turn her guns on yet another unimportant bloc of voters - illegal immigrants.The Chron picks up the tale:"Four senior assistant district attorneys, speakin ... More >>
A deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial for Dymond Milburn, the black girl who -- when she was 12 years old -- was charged with assaulting police officers who tried to arrest her in her front yard.The cops had been looking for three white hookers. Milburn was hospitalized and later arrested at her ... More >>
Troubled hand surgeon Michael Brown pursues custody of his two children
They've fought for justice for nine years, but time is running out
The wild ride of the teen who became a front-seat witness to her father's killing
Recent debacles demonstrate why District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal needs more than a moustache to match the legacy of Johnny Holmes
Was Jeffery Prible the cold-blooded murderer of an entire family? Or the gullible target of an opportunistic jailhouse informant?
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.
County prosecutors and the sheriff target a controversial judge
Appellate delays kept the client out of jail -- but not his lawyer
The D.A. and county attorney dip into office funds to up the influence in judicial polls
A Houston attorney who specialized in saving killers' lives couldn't handle his own. So he took it.
The case against him died from lack of evidence. But Texas still plans to execute Odell Barnes.
Judge Ted Poe's shame-based punishments have brought him fame and the D.A.'s job...if he wants it
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.
Michael and the two Johns face the music
The spooky self-destruction of asatanic-cult-memory trial
Jessie Phillips wants more than a not-guilty verdict in a five-year quest to clear his name
Been there, done that, doing it again
If Betti was Dorothy, and the FBI was the Wizard, who was Toto?
In the drug world, you can't trust anybody - especially a federal informant
The head of the ME's DNA lab says prosecutors are trying to discredit her for failing to be a "team player"
The head feds in the City Hall sting are known for their pursuit of minority politicians
The amount of forfeited bail bonds grows, and nothing is done
An angry grand juror says Lupe Salinas is a victim of kangaroo court justice
In Clutch City, nothing's too good for our champions
Last year, a grand jury was told tales about Texas' junior senator. Here's what they heard.
D.A.s told it's okay to go after judgeships, but not after judges