Mark Bennett

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Judge Drops Charge Against Officer Who Kicked Man During Traffic Stop Gone Haywire

    See if you can follow this one. A Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable out on patrol says he saw a young man blow through a stop sign on September 10, 2011 near his far north-side home, so he pulled up behind the guy and flashed the lights when the man turned into his driveway. The man's mothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Attorney Says Judge Denise Collins Unlawfully Detained Her

    A Houston criminal defense lawyer says she's filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct alleging that Judge Denise Collins unlawfully detained her as she tried to speak with her client. Irvin says Collins shouted at her after she walked into the 208th District Court to speak wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Another Teacher Wins in Sexting Case

    Yet again a Texas court has absolved a teacher for being pervy with a student, thanks to a court ruling last year connected to a Houston case. A Fort Worth teacher in this 30s was let off the hook recently and the case dismissed after being arrested for getting all PG/PG-13 with a student at Baxter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Jay Lee: Local Photographer Threatened With Lawsuit by Woman Who Used Copyrighted Photo Without Permission

    When Houston photographer, Houston Chronicle blogger, and KPFT tech-talk show co-host Jay Lee found out last month that one of his copyrighted pics of Houston's skyline had been used without permission on multiple websites, he sent the web hosts a Digital Millenium Copyright Act notice informing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Harris County DA's Office, or Amway Sales Contest HQ?

    You may be a winner!!!​A no-doubt-disgruntled source has sent an internal memo from the DA's office to Mark Bennett, who writes the popular Defending People blog. The memo is to newbie prosecutors and offers a variety of games to encourage them to go to trial in cases. Examples: The first pr ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011

    Dead Center

    Bad things keep happening to people in Shawn Roberts's orbit.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Shawn Roberts: Lawyer Threatens Us, Then Tries to Bum a Ride

    Shawn Roberts​When we first reached out to interview Shawn Roberts, the subject of this week's cover story, it was through the lawyer who represented him in a felony drug case related to the 2007 death of his girlfriend. After three years, during which time crucial evidence went missing and three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister: East Texas Church Arsonists Sentenced to Life

    Courtesy Smith County SO Daniel George McAllister and Jason Robert Bourque​The crimes that East Texans Jason Robert Bourque and Daniel George McAllister were convicted of last month were disgusting indeed. The two young men, sometimes working together and other times apart, admitted to torchin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Allen Stanford: Now Officially Broke, Gets Good Attorneys

    Allen Stanford's new lawyer​Allen Stanford, the much-put-upon onetime gazillionaire, has finally reached the end of his assembly line of attorneys representing him against massive criminal-fraud charges.Stanford had been going through the higher echelons of the Houston criminal defense bar for som ... More >>

  • News

    March 18, 2010

    Blog Stars

    Ten local sites that rock our world

  • News

    February 18, 2010

    Sarahmania Hits Houston

    What did we learn?

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Craigslist Prank Leads To Felony Charge For Disgruntled Friendswood Woman

    ​Police in Friendswood allege that 33-year-old Amanda Anderson got even with her former employer the new-fashioned way: via Craigslist.They allege that she took out what must have been a very generous help-wanted ad for various contractors. Once it hit the 'net, Anderson's old boss was swamped wit ... More >>

  • News

    February 4, 2010

    Crash Reports

    Running a red light and killing someone does not automatically mean you're in trouble in Harris County.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    How To Make a Bad Day Worse: Eat Your Weed In Front of a Cop

    When 32-year-old Terance Eugene McCullough was pulled over last February for speeding on Highway 59, the policeman asked McCullough about the strong smell of marijuana emanating from his ride. McCullough replied that he had, in fact, just smoked a joint. The trouble was, he hadn't quite finished tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Prosecutor's Blog About Partying Gets Some Panties In Wad

    Kids -- you can teach them how to be a lawyer, but you can't teach them not to blog about every freaking thing they do in their life, for crissake.The Harris County courthouse has been all giggly over the former blog by a young prosecutor called "Life After Esq." (Note legal bloggers inanely insist ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2009

    A Child's Word

    When the charge is rape of a minor, a fair trial can be hard to come by.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    The DA Takes On Illegals, Because She Can

    Not 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, speaking anonymously to protect their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Not Everyone Is Cheering DA Pat Lykos's Latest Move

    If 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 jury selection gone awry, Lykos la ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    A Digital Bathroom Wall for Pat Lykos

    Disgruntled prosecutors scribble their complaints about the new boss on a blog

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Return of the Gay You-Know-Whats From Outer Space

    Two years ago, in the grand tradition of Harris County officials' thoughtful e-mails, misdemeanor court Judge Larry Standley e-mailed colleagues a missive that included references to a movie called Gayniggers From Outer Space, followed by another with a really dumb joke involving wordplay on "Cinco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008
  • News

    June 21, 2001

    Bargain Basement

    Are open courts and basic defendant rights the latest flood victims?