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
  • 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