It's been two years since FBI agents burst into the Third Ward office of Riverside General Hospital's longtime CEO, Earnest Gibson III, and accused him conspiring to scam Medicare and Medicaid out of $158 million. Judge Lee Rosenthal ordered Gibson not to discuss Riverside business or speak to River ... More >>
Arguments in the trial of Riverside General Hospital administrators accused of pilfering millions in a federal healthcare scam concluded Monday as the jury left to decide whether Earnest Gibson III, his son and two other defendants bought and sold patients by the head to cash in on Medicare and Medi ... More >>
A Houston orthopedic surgeon a veteran cop called the most obsessed child molester he'd ever seen has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison after he was found guilty of possessing ten videos and 326 images of child pornography. Bernard Z. Albina was arrested in July of 2009 and charged not ... More >>
Ashlyn Treadway, 23, who was scorned by her paternal grandfather, a Pentecostal pastor, and many in her Beaumont church after she accused her uncle of molesting her, was killed in a single-car accident in Liberty County Saturday night. Her younger sister, Brea, a passenger in the car, is recovering ... More >>
A jury has found former HPD officer Andrew Blomberg not guilty of official oppression in connection with the arrest of Chad Holley. The video of the arrest showed officers seemingly whaling away on the teen, who was running from a burglary. Blomberg was one of four HPD officers who were fired; the ... 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.
It was difficult getting people to talk, even off the record, for this week's feature story on Dr. Michael Brown. His latest defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin, was quoted this week in the Houston Chronicle as saying Brown "is not understood by the public," and he's right -- to a point. Fortuna ... More >>
Michael Brown awaits a jury decision.The jury in Michael Brown's assault trial will resume deliberations tomorrow, unable to reach a decision after three hours today. The deliberation followed fiery closing arguments by prosecutors Jane Waters and Nathan Hennigan, acting more alive than they ... More >>
Trial resumes Monday"I saw him chasing my mom," Michael Brown's 13-year-old stepdaughter told the jury in today's excruciatingly dull and pointless edition of the ex-hand surgeon's assault trial. Brown showed no emotion (just as he's done throughout this ordeal) as the girl testified in a v ... More >>
Jeff Bagwell lends a handJudge Jim Wallace did not allow Michael Brown's lawyers to introduce evidence that the ex-hand surgeon's wife is banging former Astro Jeff Bagwell in Brown's assault trial today. Arguing admissibility after the jury was excused, attorney Dick DeGuerin got Rachel Brow ... More >>
Michael Brown, throwing humanitarian awardsA butt-dialed voicemail allegedly revealing an extramarital affair spurred the argument leading to Michael Brown's assault charge, prosecutors argued in the first day of testimony in the ex-hand surgeon's trial. After spending August 12, 2010, with ... More >>
Michael Brown: TV ad star is in the dockEx-hand surgeon and international dildo transporter Michael Brown is set to stand trial in Harris County District Court September 12 on a felony assault charge involving his wife, Rachel. Brown was indicted in January for an August 2010 incident in whi ... More >>
China Kitchens:Back in troubleAfter Dick DeGuerin helped her beat a potential capital murder rap at the tender age of 16, you'd think China Nicole Kitchens would try to straighten up and fly right. Today, it's looking like she has pissed that second chance away. Back in 2008, Kitchens confes ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterJesse DaytonBecoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman McGonigel's Mucky Duck March 28, 2011 Check out our a slideshow from the play's opening night. What a smooth, hilarious thing the opening and world premiere of Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kink ... More >>
Jury selection began this morning in the aggravated assault trial of country legend Billy Joe Shaver, who was charged after he shot a man in the face outside of a Lorena bar in 2007. Shaver's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, maintains Shaver shot Billy Bryant Coker in self-defense. All Hair Balls knows is, ... More >>
Houston's Allen Stanford has told a federal judge here he's not guilty of a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme; he's also asking to be let out on bail.Stanford's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told federal magistrate that his client has has a bad week, what with all the transferring between jails.He also, accord ... More >>
Here's today's criminal justice system tip: If you're going to plead guilty in Harris County to repeatedly fondling young girls -- some of whom you're related to -- make sure you're a doctor. And we're not talking podiatrist, here.Hair Balls suggest you be a cardiologist, like Jeffrey Klem, who plea ... More >>
About the only time Judge Samuel Kent's courtroom behavior was not booming or sarcastic or cruel was yesterday, when he barely whispered "guilty" to charges of obstruction of justice.He made the plea in order to escape a trial on charges of sexual harassment of his female employees, but in doing so ... More >>
So the other night my dear friend Tamarie and I spent too long on the phone engaged in a game called Who Would You Rather? You know, that classic girl game of who you would rather sleep with. The problem was that Tamarie was high on prescription cough syrup, and I'd had a couple of G&Ts, so the co ... More >>
The legislature offers a solution to playground problems
James "Smokie" Phillips is running for constable -- and running from his past
Stuffed animals ignite more than the crowd at this event
The Chron tries to stay, uh, abreast of circulation counts
Dick DeGuerin beat the IRS. Now there's a bigger war over basic rights.
Thousands of missing FBI documents in the Timothy McVeigh case? It comes as no surprise to the survivors of Operation Lightning Strike.
Ben Guillory helped the DEA bust some east Houston dope dealers. But he says the agency's cavalier approach has left him a marked man in his old neighborhood.
With Brown adrift, can this trio carry the ball?
For three years as Harris County's chief medical examiner, Dr. Joye Carter has been haunted by controversy. Can she survive?
Everyone in Brenham was shouting about the rape case. Now the victim has her say.
Singing (and Stinging) in the rain
Why couldn't she just say no?
Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways
If Betti was Dorothy, and the FBI was the Wizard, who was Toto?
Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You ...
The government's case nears an end, but the questions continue
The hotel six sting hits the little screen
Harris County's chief pathologist finds herself under the microscope.
The D.A.'s Office drops its probe of the medical examiner's DNA expert -- for now
The head feds in the City Hall sting are known for their pursuit of minority politicians
Lightning strikes the ReBates Hotel; death toll unknown
Last year, a grand jury was told tales about Texas' junior senator. Here's what they heard.