Sim Lake

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Appellate Court Reverses "Crush" Video Decision

    A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision that a law banning the production and sale of animal "crush" videos is unconstitutional, allowing prosecutors to refile charges against a Houston duo accused of recording the torturing of dogs and cats. The decision revives the federal c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Crush Video Couple: Ashley Richards Expected to Testify Against Brent Justice (UPDATE)

    One half of a couple charged with torturing and killing animals as part of a "crush video" business is expected to testify against her alleged partner. Ashley Nicole Richards, 23, has pleaded guilty to three of five counts of animal cruelty and has agreed to testify against Brent Justice, the man w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Appeal Filed in Animal Crush Video Case

    Four months after a federal judge dismissed charges against a Houston couple who created animal torture videos because the statute was unconstitutional, federal prosecutors have filed an appeal arguing that the judge ruled in error. Crush videos "are unprotected under the First Amendment for the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    UPDATED Crush Video Case: Feds Drop Remaining Charges

    Federal prosecutors have dropped the two remaining obscenity charges against alleged animal crush video producers Ashley Richards and Brent Justice and filed a notice of appeal on five counts previously tossed out by a federal judge.

  • News

    May 16, 2013

    Open Season: Do Laws Against Animal Crushing Videos Violate Free Speech?

    Ashley Nicole Richards, who filmed herself torturing and killing kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, was the first person brought up on revised federal crush-video charges -- which backfired magnificently.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Cover Story: Federal Animal "Crush" Law Tested in Houston

    In December 2012, two Houstonians became the first defendants charged under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, which criminalizes the production and distribution of images of animal cruelty. Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Wayne Justice were originally charged in Harris County Distric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Anchor Bay: Judge Gives West Galveston Development Green Light

    The Army Corps can issue its permit‚ÄčA federal judge has lifted an injunction against construction of a controversial West End development on Galveston Island, the U.S. Attorney's office has announced.Judge Sim Lake lifted an injunction that had prevented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issui ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2009

    Cancer Doctor Stanislaw Burzynski Sees Himself as a Crusading Researcher, Not a Quack

    He's treated thousands of people from all over the world, so why can't he get FDA approval?

  • News

    June 5, 2003

    Food Fight's Rancid Leftovers

    A judge may spoil the city's contentious contract for a Hobby concessionaire

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    February 20, 2003

    Situational Ethics

    The good people of Klein ISD change the rules to keep out a gay club

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    A Civil Action

    Despite the county's outlook, the Oregon police shooting case is still very much alive

  • News

    March 16, 1995

    Greed on Trial

    Did Teresa Rodriguez and her well-heeled investors deserve one another?

  • News

    March 9, 1995

    Angels and Curanderos

    Teresa Rodriguez is getting by with some help from interesting friends