Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.
When the Texas Supreme Court agreed to take a look at the case, The Crawford Family Farm Partnership vs. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LLC. it's a fair bet that everyone and their dog thought the justices would have their minds made up before they even got the case file. Well, it seems everyone an ... More >>
Next week, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that presents some interesting First Amendment issues in regard to the Internet. In short, here's what happened. An employee (Robert Kinney) of an attorney employment search company (owned by Robert Barnes), quit his job with Barn ... More >>
HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.
Texas and Arkansas used to have a quite a (football) rivalry. Now, it appears that the two get along famously, at least if you're connected to Bentonville, Arkansas, home of Walmart, Inc. As I noted in a previous post, Walmart had a remarkable run in front of the Texas Supreme Court where it could n ... More >>
Texas has chosen the worst possible way to select the state's judiciary: partisan judicial elections. It has resulted in a Court of Criminal Appeals (the state's highest appeals court for criminal appeals) that is stacked with ex-prosecutors who rarely, if ever, meet a conviction they can't find so ... More >>
If bookies are taking bets on whether North Forest ISD will get swallowed up by HISD on Monday, it looks like the smart money is on HISD. HISD officials seem pretty darn confident about it, considering they've already got plans for summer school classes for North Forest students. After years of l ... More >>
To the surprise and shock of nobody -- aka almost everybody -- legislators managed to get together and pass the state water infrastructure plan before the 83rd Legislative Session ended. They did it by basically breaking the legislation into pieces and passing each piece separately, including the c ... More >>
The Texas Supreme Court building is the largest Confederate memorial in the world. Kirk Lyons, a lawyer with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, wants me to know this. He says it, repeats it. At the beginning of the conversation. In the middle. At the end, twice. "That building is still the largest C ... More >>
Beginning today in Austin, the City of Houston will continue fighting retired firefighters with fire (and vice versa). In 2010, the city asked the state legislature to do something about the firefighters' pension plans. At the time, City of Houston Attorney David Feldman said that a number of reti ... More >>
Just when I think I'm never going to hear from the band that got me into goth in the first place Asmodeus X pops back into existence out of nowhere. This time it was with a new music video for the title track off of 2011's Bright Ones, and it is out there. WAY out there. Though there is some basic ... More >>
A Texas appellate court on Tuesday shot down a man who argued that the state's civil forfeiture law is unconstitutional. We covered the case of Zaher El-Ali and a Chevy Silverado in July; in that case, El-Ali had sold the aforementioned truck to Roberto Faustino, who got popped for a DWI and posses ... More >>
Score one for Justice: Judge William "Beltin' Bill" Adams, who made history with a YouTube video showing him whipping his 16-year-old daughter for illegally downloading music, gets to return to the bench this week. The Texas Supreme Court had suspended Adams in November 2011 while the Texas Commiss ... More >>
The U. S. Supreme Court today rejected the appeal by Michelle Gaines, the Palestine, TX woman we wrote about in August who as a teenager was broadsided by an 18-wheeler with no brakes and suffered extensive lasting brain injuries. Initially a jury had awarded Gaines more than $8 million in damages ... More >>
Houston Babylon, the feature coming out this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. Che ... More >>
19-year-old's accident left her with permanent brain damage.
That's right, kids, don't check your calendars, it's time to vote. Normally, this type of thing in Texas happens a bit sooner, but thanks to a crazy redistricting battle, it got pushed back to today. As per usual, nice weather will contribute to a healthy turnout, even if the GOP nominee for preside ... More >>
Aransas County judge William Adams, whose daughter set off a worldwide firestorm by releasing video of him beating her with a belt when she was 16, has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court. Adams has accepted the recommendation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that he be suspended w ... More >>
Some people have to take it twice.When we saw this story about the Webb County Attorney wondering why the county medical examiner never took an oath of office, thus potentially jeopardizing all her rulings, we wondered if the same thing could ever happen in Harris County, since no medical exa ... More >>
With little in the way of penalties, illegal gambling operations flourish in Houston.
Oceanfront propertyThe Texas Supreme Court gave a big victory today to beachfront homeowners who suddenly find their homes on public land because of storms, saying the state can't take away their property. The battle over open beaches in Texas has been going on for a long time, of course, bu ... More >>
Objection, your honorSome judges are as well-known for their literary prowess as they are for monumental civil and criminal rulings."There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally," Appellate Judge Learned Hand wrote in a 1944 ruling. In 1927, Supreme Court Justice L ... More >>
In 2008 we wrote about the problems with Texas Mutual Insurance, a company accused of bad-faith dealings with people who had filed worker's comp claims through them.Two recent court actions have advanced things a bit, including what could be an important showdown at the Texas Supreme Court.The fi ... More >>
Bob PerryHouston homebuilder Bob Perry usually gets what he wants, whether it's John Kerry getting Swift-Boated out of the White House or a Texas Supreme Court filled with his pals and recipients of his campaign cash.One thing he really wanted was to beat Bob & Jane Cull of Mansfield in a cou ... More >>
The Texas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case involving the Harris County District Attorney's prosecution of a 13-year-old girl for prostitution. Attorneys for the girl, called "B.W." in the proceedings, say that, because a minor cannot consent to sex, B.W. should not have been ... More >>
Houston lawyer Barbara Ann Radnofsky, who plans to challenge Greg Abbott as a Democratic candidate in next year's Attorney General race, must feel that the spotlight isn't shining bright enough from her speaking gig at tonight's Tarrant County Young Democrats Gubernatorial Forum at Texas Christia ... More >>
With the Christmas season lingering, there's one fellow who's been left out of the merriment and good tidings. A certain fellow with horns and a pitchfork. And he seems to be doing whatever he can to snatch a bit of the spotlight, as evidenced in an exorcism lawsuit that might be reviewed by the U.S ... More >>
Houston attorney Mike Doyle and TMI are locked in a battle over truth, lies and an employee's right to workers' comp benefits.
Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but the effects linger
Texans like the right to vote for their State Supreme Court judges, even though they know nothing about them, their judicial philosophies, or even who they are. That’s according to a statewide poll released earlier today by the staunchly conservative Federalist Society. Out of 700 people polled, ... More >>
Life’s tough for a third-party candidate. It’s even tougher when the big boys don’t play by the rules, which is what Libertarian presidential hopeful (doubtful?) Bob Barr is alleging. Barr has threatened “serious legal consequences” should Barack Obama and John McCain be allowed on the T ... More >>
A complaint against a paralegal gets dismissed
A shopping list for your favorite political types
Mirth and anger follow Berry's decision to run for mayor
The same extreme measures that saved Sidney Miller at birth also severely disabled her 11 years ago. Texas courts are still trying to determine who should pay for it -- and could set a legal precedent in the process.
Board members on gilded strings
Dem Hispanic stars collide while a resigning judge targets the county attorney
WorldPeace wages telemarketing terror in his quest for office
Congressional redistricting: Dem disaster or Trojan horse?
Dolcefino escapes a libel hit, but Texas journalists aren't celebrating
An A.G.'s opinion only adds to the questions over Houston's special tax districts
Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?
Bart Sipriano's well dried up four days after Ozarka started pumpin massive amount of water nearby. Under the state's archaic "rule of capture," the East Texan has no right to complain.
A dumb cartoon illustrates women lawyers' problems with the State Bar