A Texas appeals court has ruled the state can't ban "improper photography" in public places, striking down a sweeping law that criminalized photos taken in public "with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person." Like many free speech battles, the underlying case that trigger ... More >>
In spite of several indisputably bad candidates on either side of the aisle, apparently tens of thousands of Harris County residents are still going to vote straight ticket. Maybe those people are just lazy. Maybe it gives them a jolt of pride or even spite, as in "I am going to stick it to those i ... More >>
Sharon Keller, the controversial head of the state's highest criminal court, has been outpolled by her opponent in this year's Houston Bar Association judicial-preference poll released today. So that means the Dallas-area judge, who garnered worldwide scorn for dismissing a death-row appeal because ... More >>
The Houston Bar Association has released its judicial qualification poll for this year's primaries, and it's clear two candidates aren't viewed favorably: Criminal Court of Appeals Justice Sharon Keller and Harris County DA Pat Lykos. Since the overwhelming number of people who take part in the sur ... More >>
Yeah, there's an app for thatHave your Angry Birds gone postal? You might need the newest app, from the Death Penalty Information Center. Today's on-the-go death-penalty activist is now only a touch away from "our Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty, our Execution Database, and the most recent d ... More >>
She'll always have her Turkey of the Year awardSharon Keller, presiding judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, was barely, barely punished in connection with a famous incident where she told lawyers trying to file appeals for a Death Row inmate "We close at 5." Hours later, the man was ex ... More >>
Sharon Keller, chief justice of the state's highest criminal court, has filed her response to charges that she refused to keep the office open for an hour to accept an appeal on behalf of a guy being executed that night.Essentially, none of it's her fault, and the guy was guilty anyway.The Houston C ... More >>
No one gave State Rep. Lon Burnam much of a chance with his call to impeach Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller -- they still don't -- but he may have spurred some action.In what is either the biggest coincidence of all time or, well, the biggest coincidence of all time, the state Commissi ... More >>
A state rep from Fort Worth has called for the impeachment of Sharon Keller, the chief justice of the Criminal Court of Appeals.Rep. Lon Burnam wants her taken to task for the infamous incident in 2007 where she closed the court's offices sharply at 5 pm, even though a lawyer for a Death Row inmate ... More >>
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today upheld the second conviction of a Lufkin man in the gruesome stomach-stomping deaths of his girlfriend’s unborn twin fetuses. Attorneys for Gerald Flores, now 22, argued that a recent Texas law that applies capital murder charges to the killing of a fetus ... More >>
Priscilla Slade is the biggest gobbler of them all
Wonder if Sharon will approve our friend request... We love a good MySpace parody. Why, just check out ours here, and here. So we think this fake page belonging to Dallas judge Sharon Keller, who's seeking re-election as presiding judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals against J.R. Molina, ... More >>
Criner and the system try to adjust to a mistaken conviction
Ten years brings the Texas justice system to its senses. Roy Criner's free.
After ten years, prosecutors finally concede that Roy Criner is not guilty and should be free
It doesn't matter that other courts and D.A.'s have cleared wrongly convicted inmates. Roy Criner's case is in Montgomery County, Texas.
Hard-line leaders such as loopy Stephen Mansfield have taken their agenda to the Court of Criminal Appeals, where legal precedents--not prosecutions--get overturned
The evidence points away from Roy Criner's guilt in a savage crime. But the state still has what counts most -- a conviction.