Melinda Harmon

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    John Callen Jr.: Cypress Dealer With 14 Kilos Of Coke, 1 Kilo Of Heroin & 14 Weed Plants: "I Deserve Mercy"

    A former Cypress resident with an impressive drug-trafficking business told a judge at his sentencing "I deserve mercy," but got more than 15 years in prison. John Callen Jr., 52, moved to Michigan after a 2003 raid at what prosecutors called his "upscale Cypress home," but eventually pleaded guilt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Kenneth Randle, Unluckiest Get-Away Driver Ever, Gets 11 Years Because His Pals Were A-Holes

    Kenneth Randle: See ya in 2022​A 23-year-old man who sat unarmed as the driver of a bank-robbery car has been sentenced to 11 years without parole mostly, it seems, because his colleagues were violent a-holes. During the $40,000 robbery last October, the three dudes he was working with physic ... More >>

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    American Grocers

    Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Delma Pallares: Whistleblower Helped Feds Catch Guy Who Ripped Off Troops Is Still Fighting

    Berg & Androphy attorneys (from left) Sarah Frazier, Joel Androphy and Kathryn Nelson. ‚Äč"Jipped," this week's cover story in the Houston Press, explores the case of American Grocers, Inc., a Houston-based company that exports food to the Middle East (working, in part, off military contracts), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Sir Lewis, Pimp: 34 Years For Working Underage Girls

    Sir Lewis' type of employee​Having a stable of 16-year-olds forced to be hookers, making one turn a trick just after you've broken her nose -- "Sir Lewis" sounds like a guy who deserves the almost 34-year federal sentence he got hit with today. His actual, less-regal name is Barry Lernard Dav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    He's Guilty -- Of Generating Good Quotes

    If you're a defendant in a federal criminal case alleging you scammed FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which of these two things would you least like to hear? a) Your own attorney describing your mental state: "He can function. I mean, he's not like...a raving lunatic. He's not Anthony Hopkin ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    The Devil You Say

    Was Jeffery Prible the cold-blooded murderer of an entire family? Or the gullible target of an opportunistic jailhouse informant?

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • News

    February 14, 2002

    Enron's Judge Not

    U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal abruptly recuses herself without explanation

  • News

    January 31, 2002

    Law Breakers

    County prosecutors and the sheriff target a controversial judge

  • News

    December 27, 2001

    A Gay Rights Suit Returns

    A mother continues her quest for justice in her son's murder

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    Getting Stomped

    Texas boasts the soil, the climate and the grapes for a strong wine industry. So what stands in its way? Bad taste and politicians.

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Mercenary or Media Martyr?

    A self-proclaimed journalist has had a paying job -- private eye

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Murder, She Testified

    A federal grand jury aims at a fledgling author's notes in a long-running murder probe

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    Going Both Ways?

    A step toward addressing the lack of legal protection for gays.

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    Judicial Show and Tell

    Senators Gramm and Hutchinson dig deep into applicants' political pasts

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Curiouser and Curiouser

    Ex-congressman Stockman is labeled a co-conspirator in prescription fraud

  • News

    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.

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    Fed-up Feds

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

  • News

    October 22, 1998

    Judicial Arts Endowment

    Devine converts plaintiffs' lawyers' cash into a courtroom gallery

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    The Wrong Enemies

    Judges may be gunning for James DeAtley, the interim U.S. attorney

  • 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

    October 3, 1996

    The Kingdom and the Power

    Money may be the root of all evil, but it's fueled Steven Hotze's rise from a fringe player on the religious right to kingmaker in the local Republican Party. Now he's trying to stretch his influence further afield.

  • News

    March 9, 1995

    Struck Twice

    David Proctor says he's getting a stiff sentence for speaking out

  • News

    December 1, 1994

    The Trial of Joe Russo

    An intimate look at how -- and why -- Houston's high flyer of the '80s was taken apart in court