Lynn Hughes

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    The Continuing CSN Houston Fiasco Makes Luc Besson Films Seem Sane and Logical

    Luc Besson's movie teeter on the edge of insanity. They're full of stylized violence, shouting, slow motion, and visual effects. They're full of bright colors, big stars, fancy camera moves, and flashy editing. Yet his movies usually make zero sense, appear to have no script, don't follow the rules ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Dear Sports Illustrated: Any Prediction as to When CSN Houston Will Get On Our TVs?

    The Houston Astros are on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. The photo's not a joke; neither is the story. The story goes into the radical rebuild of the club and the magazine makes the bold prediction that the Astros will win the 2017 World Series. And who knows, if the Astros really get ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Who's Got The Best Shot at CSN Houston: NBC Sports Group, AT&T, or Fox Sports?

    It's been a little over three months since Judge Marvin Isgur put CSN Houston into bankruptcy. It's been nearly three months since the Houston Astros appealed that ruling to Judge Lynn Hughes. Judge Hughes has received the parties briefs on the bankruptcy ruling, and he's attempted multiple times to ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Primate Hit Great Day Houston Host

    They claim Brian Staples is bad at the monkey business.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    How the CSN Houston Broadcast Map Dooms the Network

    It was just a little over 30 days ago that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said he wanted the CSN Houston matter settled within 30 days. That didn't happen. The parties still await a ruling from a Judge Lynn Hughes on the Astros appeal of Judge Marvin Isgur's ruling that put the network into bankrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Jim Crane Wants the CSN Houston Matter Settled, and He Means It

    Jim Crane met with the members of the Astros media on Monday before the team's win over the Seattle Mariners. Topics of discussion included his disappointment with the team's start and the progress toward a new spring training facility. But it's his comments regarding the continuing CSN Houston saga ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Does No Progress in CSN Houston Mediation Effort Really Mean No Progress?

    The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast gathered before federal district court judge Lynn Hughes on Friday. This wasn't a hearing, and no judicial orders were handed down. It was, instead, the third mediation session for the parties within the past several weeks. The dispute under mediation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Applying the Three True Outcomes to the CSN Houston Fiasco

    The Houston Astros are in week two of the regular season. The Houston Rockets regular season is quickly coming to an end. This makes for two years that the Rockets games have not been available for most Houston viewers, and it's the start of the second year that Astros games mostly haven't been avai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Welcome to the New Normal: Where Houston Sports Fans Can't Actually See Teams Play

    The Houston Astros host the New York Yankees tomorrow night. It's Opening Day, the team's second as a member of the American League. The game will be aired on CSN Houston for anybody unwilling to pay the exorbitant prices brought on by the Astros' dynamic pricing model. That means that most of the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The CSN Houston Bankruptcy Clown Show Just Keeps Clowning Away

    Jim Crane, Les Alexander, and Robert Pick have been "invited to attend to informally discuss a resolution" to the CSN Houston bankruptcy matter on Friday, March 28. The invitation has been extended by Federal District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, the man overseeing the Astros appeal of CSN Houston's inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Judge Marvin Isgur Treated The Astros Like Nolan Ryan Treated Robin Ventura

    While most of the city's attention Tuesday afternoon (and that of the local sports media) was centered on Nolan Ryan's return to the Houston Astros, on the other side of downtown Houston the asses of the Houston Astros bankruptcy attorneys were being handed to them by Judge Marvin Isgur. And while t ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Pregnancy Puzzler

    Lactation not related to giving birth.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Some Judges Want Paintings of "Shirtless Black Men Hauling...Bales of Cotton" Removed from Courthouse

    Six historical paintings at Houston's federal courthouse have raised some hackles with two federal judges, who believe the paintings dredge up offensive imagery of slavery. The paintings, depicting the Houston Ship Channel in the late 1870s, were completed between 1938 and 1941, and were displayed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Donnicia Venters: Lactation Not Related to Pregnancy, Houston Federal Judge Rules

    Not connected to pregnancy.​U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes is likely about to become the butt of Internet merriment with the news of a recent decision. He'll also be pissing off breast-feeding moms, and that is one group you do not want to cross, as many companies and entities have discovere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    John O'Shea: Energy Exec Acquitted on Mexican Bribery Charges

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    William Gammon, Influential Homeowners Association Attorney, Gets Four Years For Child Porn

    William Gammon gets four years.​William Gammon, an attorney who has been instrumental in getting Texans' homeowners associations power to wield over nonconforming residents, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for possession of child porn. Gammon, who entered a guilty plea to t ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    The Peddler

    Both in and out of prison, Brian Culwell has spent his life selling people baubles, trinkets and jewels. Now he's buying your gold and silver.

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    The Red-Light Camera Circus

    Step right up, folks: Passion, deceit, money, lots of money, double dealing and a mayor with more flip-flops in her than a Cirque du Soleil acrobat!

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    If You Ran a Red-Light Camera This Morning, You'll Get Mail

    The money machine is running again​The red-light cameras have been turned back on and fines are being issued. Much as it pains Mayor Annise Parker to get all the revenue, she will be forced to take it until the city can appeal a judge's ruling. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes late Friday deni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Red Light Camera Ban Tossed Out

    Red light cameras: Status back to "up in the air."​A federal judge has thrown out the city's ban on red light cameras because it came from a referendum, not a charter amendment. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes said the changes mandated by voters last November were not valid -- they could only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Red Light Cameras: Judge Won't Let Activists Join In Suit

    It's the city vs. the red light camera company, no intervenors ​The city of Houston, which really doesn't want to give up red light camera revenue, will be the only party trying to convince a federal judge to stop the red light camera program as soon as possible. The people who really want re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Sarah Palin Somehow Comes Up In Red Light Camera Hearing

    Nowhere to hide. ​If there's one place we expect to be safe from Sarah Palin and her reality TV exploits, it's a courtroom in a federal courthouse during a hearing about red light cameras. We are wrong. Sarah Palin's Alaska received at least three mentions at a hearing earlier today, starting with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Sandra Thurman Patino: Motorized Wheelchair Scam FAIL, Loses $1M & A Cadillac To Feds

    The "Jazzy" model, no kidding​Sandra Thurman Patino, 46, had a pretty good deal going with a Medicare scam involving motorized wheelchairs, but now she's headed to federal prison for four years.Plus she's giving up the $1.1 million she had in the bank, and a Cadillac, to the feds.Patino was senten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    William Gammon: Prosecutor's Not Happy The Accused Child Porn User's Out On Bond

    Even ICE agents were taken aback​William Gammon, the attorney who's pushed for aggressive homeowners' associations in court and in the legislature, is out on bond on charges of possessing a pornography stash described by an investigator as "one of the largest collections of extremely young c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Houston's Program To Help Women-Owned Businesses Gets Revamped

    After today, set-asides for women-owned businesses in Houston may be set aside forever.  The move stems from a federal lawsuit brought in 1996 by business owner Robert Kossman who alleged the city's MWBE program discriminated against him because he was white.U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes gave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Human Smuggler Gets A Longer Sentence

    There was a bit of an uproar two years ago when one of the ringleaders of a notorious smuggling effort that resulted in 19 deaths was sentenced to only the 33 months she had already served. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing for Norma Gonzalez Sanchez, and the results ca ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2007
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    May 3, 2007

    Spy Stories

    Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Criminal Judge

    U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes

  • News

    July 11, 2002

    True Believer

    A pastor finally finds peace, four years after being accused of kiddie porn

  • News

    October 19, 2000

    Graven Images

    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?

  • News

    July 27, 2000
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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

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Power Lunch?

    A farewell feed and juror-felon add to the already unusual case of George Bishop

  • News

    July 29, 1999

    Trading Places

    Fueling justice

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    Fed-up Feds

    Will the "temp" United States Attorney exile dissidents to the border?

  • News

    December 4, 1997

    Bad Deal

    John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.

  • News

    March 13, 1997

    Larry in Limbo

    Is little guy Larry Duncan being made to suffer for the big guys' sins?

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    No Time for Sergeants

    The Houston Police Department puts high-ranking cops out on the street

  • News

    April 25, 1996


    Headline:The Case Against Hurwitz In one of the last big S&L cases from the '80s, two federal agencies are pursuing Charles Hurwitz over the failure of united Savings. And for once, Hurwitz may have no place to hide.

  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?