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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
Fake weed's final freewheeling days
Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.
Photo by John Nova LomaxHave props, will travelIn 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 >>
Photo courtesy DEAA lot more crack than Melvin Johnson hadThink 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sure you can ferret out the slimeballs in our midst? Guess again if you're relying on standard background searches in Texas