Kent Schaffer

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    November 26, 2009

    Turkeys of the Year

    In a highly competitive 2009 field, Governor Rick Perry is the biggest gobbler of them all.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Girl In A Coma, No-Billed By A Grand Jury

    ​The San Antonio punk band Girl in a Coma, whose members were arrested after an altercation at Chances in Montrose this spring, have been no-billed by a grand jury and will face no charges from the incident, their lawyer tells Hair Balls.Kent Schaffer says two of the members appeared before a gran ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Grand Jury No-Bills San Antonio Trio Girl In A Coma In Spring Chances Brawl

    [Update: See the statement Girl In a Coma posted on its MySpace page Monday morning after the jump.] ​The San Antonio punk band Girl in a Coma, whose members were arrested after an altercation at Chances in Montrose this spring, have been no-billed by a grand jury and will face no charges from the ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    That Roberts Elementary Teacher Is Cleared, No Matter What HISD's Drug-Sniffing Dog Says

    The District Attorney's office has announced they're formally dropping the charges against Mindy Herrick, the art teacher whose arrest after a drug-sniffing-dog search sparked protests.The dog found a Xanax in her car; the pill wasn't hers. HISD reinstated her almost two months ago, so the question ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    That Roberts Elementary Teacher Is Reinstated; Kids Learn Lesson About Protesting

    As promised last week, the Houston school district is trying to fast-track reinstatement for some teachers caught up in the drug-dog sweeps that caused such a kerfluffle.The district announced today that Mindy Herrick, the Roberts Elementary teacher whose arrest sparked protests from parents and stu ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    The Drug Sweeps Are Ending At HISD (For One Reason Or Another)

    The Houston school district is coming under heavy fire for its "no-tolerance" drug-dog searches of school parking lots, mostly because they nabbed a popular West U teacher who is very likely to be proven innocent.West U residents, when they get up in arms, tend to get results. HISD superintendent Ab ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    The New DA Announces A Victim's Rights Division

    Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos announced today she's expanding and improving the division that serves Harris County's crime victims. "Government exists to protect and to serve; that's what we're doing with this new division," Lykos tells Hair Balls. "We're ensuring that it's not bure ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    Area Man Keeps Houston's Name In Steroids Spotlight

    Juan Carlos Ballivian, a personal trainer in Houston, was sentenced last week to three years probation for dealing steroids, ending a federal investigation of a network of dealers in Texas.The investigation originally targeted professional athletes, and David Jacobs -- one of the first dealers arres ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008

    Prosecutors Dismiss Assault Charges in J Prince Gym Beating Case

    The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed aggravated assault charges against J Prince, founder and CEO of Houston’s Rap-a-Lot Records, Rap-a-Lot announced today. The charges stemmed from a January 2007 incident at Prince’s Prince Complex gymnasium, where Studio 7303 owner Ronn ... More >>

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    July 19, 2007
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    February 17, 2005

    News to Use

    A Pearland guy causes a Beltway firestorm

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    July 31, 2003

    Blessed and Bewildered

    Recent debacles demonstrate why District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal needs more than a moustache to match the legacy of Johnny Holmes

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    July 17, 2003

    Prison Break?

    Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization

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    October 25, 2001

    Bar Tabs

    The D.A. and county attorney dip into office funds to up the influence in judicial polls

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    April 19, 2001

    An Open Mike

    He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.

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    June 1, 2000

    Let's Make A Deal

    Convicted felons Mike and Pat Graham are at it again, trading allegations for favors

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    May 25, 2000

    Here's Johnny

    Reformed and reborn, the man now pushes the word of God, not drugs. So why does it still feel like the Johnny Binder Show?

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    November 11, 1999

    Carlos Chaves, Mall Surgeon

    Sure, an unlicensed doctor was performing liposuction at a hair salon. Stranger still: Clients kept showing up.

  • News

    September 30, 1999


    Justice Free-for-all

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    September 2, 1999

    Law and Disorder

    In Janice Law's quests for a judgeship, the fourth time was a charm -- and now an alarm for the rest of the courthouse

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    October 29, 1998
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    June 4, 1998

    Going Through These Things Twice

    tuck inside of Hotel Six with the Houston blues again

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    May 14, 1998

    Numbers Man

    The interim U.S. attorney is hustling small-time cases through the courts

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    April 9, 1998

    The Hotel Six Joker Turns Wild

    A chance encounter and a federal feud endanger the sting

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    December 11, 1997

    (Not) of Counsel

    In the latest chapter of Snitch Vs. Snitch, two of the city's top defense lawyers are prevented from representing a client

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    August 28, 1997

    Snitch Vs. Snitch

    In the drug world, you can't trust anybody - especially a federal informant

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    June 26, 1997

    Pain for the Prosecution

    Assistant district attorney Kristen Pain sent criminals to jail -- and then went to jail herself.

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    March 20, 1997
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    February 27, 1997
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    October 3, 1996