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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Bad things keep happening to people in Shawn Roberts's orbit.
Shawn RobertsWhen 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 >>
Courtesy Smith County SO Daniel George McAllister and Jason Robert BourqueThe 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 >>
Allen Stanford's new lawyerAllen 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 >>
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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 >>
Running a red light and killing someone does not automatically mean you're in trouble in Harris County.
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 >>
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 >>
When the charge is rape of a minor, a fair trial can be hard to come by.
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 >>
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 >>
Disgruntled prosecutors scribble their complaints about the new boss on a blog
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 >>
Are open courts and basic defendant rights the latest flood victims?