Since 1919 the Boy Scouts of America has maintained a database of "ineligible volunteers." Known informally as "the perversion files," the database contains the name of 5,000 men and a few women who have been expelled from the BSA because of allegations of sexual abuse of children. Last week a grou ... More >>
A long weekend that semi-officially marks the end of summer is a god cause to celebrate, but unfortunately too often that celebrating can get dangerous. In an effort to crack down on the danger, local law-enforcement agencies are making sure the public is aware that there will be increased emphasis ... More >>
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has fired a staff member who he says siphoned off funds to spend on himself. Ed Emmett said the funds allegedly diverted by the employee, Kirk Boudreaux, were not county funds but instead involved Emmett's nonprofit organization that helps put on a trade show each year ... More >>
Bye-bye, Abundant Life and Weight Loss Center.A doctor with the Bond-like sinister name of Gerald Ratinov, along with 18 others, has been arrested in connection with a major prescription painkiller operation, District Attorney Pat Lykos and the local branch of the federal Drug Enforcement Age ... More >>
George Rodriguez is an innocent man, DA saysGeorge Rodriguez, 50, served 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape. He got out in 2004 after a jury overturned the conviction, but it's only now that moves are being made to declare him innocent. District Attorney Pat Lykos an ... More >>
Jessica Tata is in Nigeria and is wantedDistrict Attorney Pat Lykos had an afternoon press conference today to rebut claims that her office did not act quickly enough in the case of Jessica Tata, who owned a daycare where four kids died in a fire, allowing Tata to escape to Nigeria. "Suggest ... More >>
Judge Kevin Fine: RejectedThe Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has permanently shut down district judge Kevin Fine's quixotic and headline-grabbing effort to examine the constitutionality of how Texas applies the death penalty. In an order issued this morning, the CCA says Fine had no busines ... More >>
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, acting on its own motion, has ordered a halt in the hearings District Judge Kevin Fine is conducting into the constitutionality of the death penalty as it is applied here. District Attorney Pat Lykos' office made the announcement, having been informed of the mov ... More >>
The Asher Brown story went national last night, as CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed the parents of the Cy-Fair middle schooler who committed suicide.The parents appeared with their attorney and said they had made "many trips" to the school, and numerous calls and e-mails, to complain about bullyin ... More >>
Courtesy of the Houston Police DepartmentHouston police officer Demetrie Dixon has allegedly been up to no good. Demetrie Dixon, a Houston police officer since January of last year, was arrested today on allegations of sexually assaulting two women while he was on patrol. Dixon was charged with f ... More >>
Photo by meltedplasticAs you make your long-weekend plans, one thing to keep in mind: Harris County is having another one of those "No Refusal" campaigns designed to nab drunk drivers...and drunk boaters."If you plan to be driving a motor vehicle or at the helm of a boat, we ask that you act sens ... More >>
A year ago, the Houston Press looked into restitution in the state parole system and discovered that in 90 percent of the cases, victims never get all the money that was owed to them.While we can't vouch for the percentage, it looks like victims counting on the Harris County District Attorney's O ... More >>
A man convicted of rape in 1987, based largely on questionable HPD crime lab data, and sentenced to life in prison is expected to be released on bond Thursday, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Recent DNA test results show "discrepancies between the new tests and evidence p ... More >>
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 >>
Photo courtesy patlykos.comA non-working DNA lab and lack of proper policies were among the biggest contributors to the wrongful incarceration of Ricardo Rachell, District Attorney Pat Lykos said today at a press conference in the Criminal Justice Center.Lykos and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt a ... More >>
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