Now that incumbent Harris County Family Court Judge Denise Pratt is in a runoff, we thought it would be a good time for another look at Pratt's bizarre gag order of January 2013. It appears to be a blanket order barring any party or attorney with such a pending case from talking to the media, or ev ... 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 >>
A Harris County grand jury has declined to indict Family Court Judge Denise Pratt, the subject of a records-tampering probe, according to her attorney. Lawyer Terry W. Yates stated in a press release that "We are pleased that the grand jury agrees with us that there's absolutely no evidence that J ... More >>
Three months after 27-year-old Raul Hernandez was electrocuted to death in the pool of the Westchase Hilton Hotel, the Harris County District Attorney's Office has charged two electricians who worked on the pool with criminally negligent homicide. Assistant District Attorney Bill Exley said he bega ... More >>
Thirty-two family law attorneys have signed a letter calling for the resignation of Harris County Family Court Judge Denise Pratt, who is accused of backdating records. Lawyer Greg Enos of Webster last month filed a complaint against Pratt with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, likening ... More >>
Sen. Ted Cruz has made a name for himself with all the government shutdown hijinks he's pulled in the past few weeks, but he's also ensured that there are a lot of people right now who don't much like guy, including at least one person who's been using Twitter to urge someone to get rid of Cruz. Wh ... More >>
Barry Smitherman hasn't done a lot of time on the Railroad Commission, but he's already set his sights on becoming the next state attorney general, and he's calling for a conservative crusade to get him there. Smitherman has come a long way from the days when he was a prosecutor at the Harris Count ... More >>
Back in 2008, Steven Mark Weinstein was convicted for murder after a man was found dead and decomposing in the trunk of Weinstein's car. Now Weinstein might be granted a new trial by the Court of Criminal Appeals, if the court decides a witness gave false testimony in the murder trial, according to ... More >>
A previously convicted sadist who got off lightly for a twisted crime in Houston ten years ago was not so lucky last week in Trinity County, where a country jury gave him ten presidential terms behind bars. Donald Christopher Hernandez Jr. was convicted of both aggravated kidnapping and sexual assa ... More >>
A woman who claims she was raped at age 16, while working as an extra last year for a Houston Grand Opera performance, is suing the HGO, the City of Houston, the Wortham Center, and her alleged attacker in Harris County District Civil Court. Amber Dewalt, now 17, says another extra, Gerald Guidry, ... More >>
A Texas appellate court on Tuesday shot down a man who argued that the state's civil forfeiture law is unconstitutional. We covered the case of Zaher El-Ali and a Chevy Silverado in July; in that case, El-Ali had sold the aforementioned truck to Roberto Faustino, who got popped for a DWI and posses ... More >>
Brian Edgar Culwell, the subject of a Houston Press expose last year, is back in court. A frequent defendant in criminal cases over the years, Culwell, whose family operates the precious-metal buyers with the ubiquitous "We Love Gold Diggers" billboards, is a plaintiff this time around. In a suit ... More >>
A Houston police officer shot to death a man who was allegedly ignoring orders to disarm and was threatening to shoot his wife, HPD says. Monta Cordell Fizer, 33, died about 1 p.m. yesterday after the incident in the 11700 block of South Sam Houston Parkway West. Police said the location is the sit ... More >>
An unidentified man was shot to death by a Houston police officer when he reached into his waistband -- contrary to the orders of the officer -- and she shot him. There was no weapon on the man; he was reaching for a can of beer, investigators reported. Officer J. McGowan and her partner were c ... More >>
An off-duty cop eating at Denny's shot a man who threatened him with a knife during an altercation, Houston police say. Officer J.C. Lopez, a six-year veteran, was with a group of family and friends when another group, including Clemente Vela, 32, got into an altercation with them, HPD says. Each g ... More >>
A death on Christmas A 24-year-old Pearland man is dead after tussling with a Houston police officer at an accident scene. Blake A. Pate was shot about 11:15 p.m. Christmas night by HPD Sergeant C.W. Hampton; his identity was released today by police. HPD says Hampton noticed a suspicious v ... More >>
Jury rejects $12 million claim
Don't Get in the Way of Our Titty Bar Raids, Yo! Security camera footage taken during a raid at the Treasures strip club shows a Houston Police Department officer shoving gay activist Ray Hill in the chest before other officers surround the 71-year-old, handcuff him, and escort him from 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.
Jolanda Jones has a complainr filed against herHouston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones, who last month filed a State Bar complaint against City Attorney David Feldman, is now the subject of a Bar complaint filed by a vice president of the Houston Police Officers Union. Ray Hunt wrote in his ... More >>
Another fatal shooting by a Metro cop.For the second time in two years -- the only two times in its almost 30-year history -- a Metro officer has fatally shot someone. Nolton Joseph LaFleur III, whose age is unknown, was shot by Metro police officer Richard Hernandez on the west side of town ... More >>
With little in the way of penalties, illegal gambling operations flourish in Houston.
Mater makes his own rulesTow truck drivers in Houston can break into your car in order to tow it -- against state regulations -- and here's why: Law enforcement ain't gonna stop 'em. We learned this by following up on an e-mail from a guy who says he watched a driver for Fast Tow jimmy the l ... More >>
Fourteen-year-old Andrew Mosier was abducted last August. It wasn't by aliens.
Bad things keep happening to people in Shawn Roberts's orbit.
If the HCC board room is rockin', don't come a knockin'Things seem to keep getting uglier over at Houston Community College. On Thursday, the board of trustees reportedly held a closed session to discuss an investigation into possible conflicts of interest by trustee Yolanda Flores and former t ... More >>
Michael Anthony Green deserves to get paid, but he'll have to wait in line. The case of Michael Anthony Green has been in the news lately, because Green served 27 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. The district attorney's office sent out a press release yesterday taking credit for Green ... More >>
Found not guilty of the rape charges against him twice over, a former deputy constable still can't get his job back.
In the last several months, things could not have gone worse for Metro president Frank Wilson. When Annise Parker was elected mayor, it seemed only a matter of time before Wilson was ousted from the agency. Parker was critical of Metro during her campaign, and her criticism continued after the el ... 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 >>
If there were a class for crooks, the message would be taught in Crime 101: Don't dare the cops to shoot you, because they probably will.One suspected drug offender, however, apparently missed that little lesson. And not surprisingly, he paid for it with his life.On Friday, Houston narcotics offi ... More >>
Did Houston police officer R.G. Gardiner shoot John Barnes on Saturday evening unnecessarily?The police department says no. The official version goes that Gardiner, who was working an off-duty security job at the Woodland Hills Village Apartments at 2139 Lake Hills Drive, saw Barnes and a wom ... More >>
Photo by bf_photos The Harris County District Attorney's Office has charged a BARC volunteer for filing a false police report regarding animal abuse he said he heard while at the city's animal control facility. Shelby Kibodeaux was charged July 1 with the class B misdemeanor, which ca ... More >>
Houston police officers at the Northeast Patrol Division substation got more than just a shock Tuesday when a car wildly crashed through the facility's security gate. They ended up in a shootout in which the driver of the car was killed. According to a mix of police and media reports, officers from ... More >>
Houston police have arrested Harry Dwight Williams for allegedly shooting a 19-year-old man and his girlfriend earlier this month at McCullough Park. Police say that James Smith, 19, was walking through the park with his girlfriend when he saw Williams, and the two men started arguing. When they sta ... More >>
Photo courtesy Pat Lykos for DAIf you look up "throwing someone under the bus" in the dictionary of clichés, you might just find the following example from Pat Lykos's braver, newer Harris County District Attorneys Office used as illustration. Not content to keep her ire in-house about a recent jur ... More >>
An HPD sex-toy crackdown goes limp
Did prosecutors use -- or abuse -- a little-known remodeling law?
A story about the new life and old ways of a notorious killer spurs indictments and national coverage
Fourth Ward residents are left with a harsh reality
Police officers don't complain about other officers -- or else.
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
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