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Scott Henson

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Houston Cop Tells Senate Committee "We Are Not the NSA," Argues Against Cell-Phone Privacy Protections

    Houston police officer James Taylor really wants you to know one thing about local cops: HPD is not the National Security Agency, "nor are we the federal government." Taylor repeated the mantra several times in testimony before the Texas Senate's State Affairs Committee this week, insisting effort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Déjà Vu at the Montgomery County Jail

    Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. As Montgomery County officials consider spending $200 million on expanding their jail, let's hope they keep the old maxim in mind. Capt. David Moore, Montgomery County's jail administrator, says he struggles every week to keep the jail's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Court of Criminal Appeals Hears Homicide "Junk Science" Case

    We don't know how 17-month-old Tristen Rivet died. Neither does the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. The problem is, that medical examiner once thought she knew how Rivet died. Patricia Moore believed the toddler was murdered. And Moore testified to that effect in a Montgomery County c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Neal Robbins: Serving Life for a Homicide -- Only Now There is No Official "Homicide."

    In 1998, a Harris County associate medical examiner ruled that 17- month old Tristan Rivet died as a result of homicide, and a Montgomery County jury decided that Neal Robbins killed her. In 2007, the same medical examiner decided she made a mistake, and that the cause of death should have been "un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Jesus "Jesse" Gonzalez: Former HS Teacher Marries Student, Complicates Prosecution of Improper Relationship Case

    Bad teachers abound in Texas.​Recent weeks have seen a rash of cases involving high school teachers having sexual relationships with students past the age of consent. These cases differ from sexual assaults in that while they are second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison, ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays

    Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Mental Cases

    Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Summertime Blues: MADD And Cops Gather To Threaten Drunk Drivers

    Photo by John Nova LomaxHave props, will travel​In what is now a time-honored pre-Labor Day Weekend/dog days of summer ritual, police and members of several anti-drunk driving advocacy groups gathered yesterday to stress what they claim is a multitude of alternative modes of transport for nocturn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Same Crap, Different County: Another Small Texas Town Overpunishes Another Piddly Drug Offender

    Photo courtesy DEAA lot more crack than Melvin Johnson had​Think 35 years for a brick or so of pot is bad?Try this one on for size... In a case one local defense attorney has said showed "shades of Tulia," a Bay City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing 1.3 grams of crack.Melvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    The Legislature Stands Up For Dildos

    It's not often that the state Senate rejects a gubernatorial appointment, but they did yesterday when they voted against Rick Perry's choice of Shanda Perkins for the state parole Board.You could argue that the Senate rejected her 27-4 because she was horrendously underqualified for the $95,000-a-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2007

    Great Scott!

    Over at Grits for Breakfast, Scott Henson is having some alarming fun with math. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst says we need more prisons because of "population growth." But from 1978 until 2004, the Texas prison population increased 573 percent (from 22,439 to 151,059), while the state's total popula ... More >>

  • News

    July 6, 2006

    Bad Checks

    Sure you can ferret out the slimeballs in our midst? Guess again if you're relying on standard background searches in Texas

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