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 >>
Kenneth Randle: See ya in 2022A 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 >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
Berg & Androphy attorneys (from left) Sarah Frazier, Joel Androphy and Kathryn Nelson. "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 >>
Sir Lewis' type of employeeHaving 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 >>
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 >>
Was Jeffery Prible the cold-blooded murderer of an entire family? Or the gullible target of an opportunistic jailhouse informant?
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal abruptly recuses herself without explanation
County prosecutors and the sheriff target a controversial judge
A mother continues her quest for justice in her son's murder
Texas boasts the soil, the climate and the grapes for a strong wine industry. So what stands in its way? Bad taste and politicians.
A self-proclaimed journalist has had a paying job -- private eye
A federal grand jury aims at a fledgling author's notes in a long-running murder probe
A step toward addressing the lack of legal protection for gays.
Senators Gramm and Hutchinson dig deep into applicants' political pasts
Ex-congressman Stockman is labeled a co-conspirator in prescription fraud
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.
Will the "temp" United States Attorney exile dissidents to the border?
Devine converts plaintiffs' lawyers' cash into a courtroom gallery
Judges may be gunning for James DeAtley, the interim U.S. attorney
John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.
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.
David Proctor says he's getting a stiff sentence for speaking out
An intimate look at how -- and why -- Houston's high flyer of the '80s was taken apart in court