Bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur commands respect. Not because he's a judge, but because of his understanding of bankruptcy law. He's respected by attorneys who appear before him. He's respected by his fellow judges. This is important to know because the Houston Astros have appealed his ruling putting ... More >>
em>Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, a/k/a the "Texas Abortion Case," might be the fodder for the Supreme Court's latest pronouncement on abortion. Let's start with the "might": the Supreme Court only takes those cases that it wants to hear (granting a writ of certiorari, in the jargon), so there is the ... More >>
Conservative legal pundit, Ed Whelan, who writes for the (once) venerable National Review, has a regular feature on his blog called "This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism." Yesterday, his entry was short, sweet and silly: 1987--Culminating an unprecedented campaign of lies, distortions, and vilific ... More >>
Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling could be released from prison as early as 2017, thanks to a federal judge's approval Friday of a sentencing agreement Skilling and prosecutors hashed out in May, the Chronicle reports. Skilling "had more than 10 years cut off his 24-year prison sentence" for securiti ... More >>
Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds when it rejected a Texas clean-air plan it thought was too lax, an appellate court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the EPA was limited to reviewing whether Texas's controversial plan met the absolute minimums o ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderJohn Kinsel's chances of freedom grow slimmer.A few months ago, we wrote a cover story about John Kinsel, a Texas man sentenced in Louisiana to life without parole for the rape of his girlfriend's live-in daughter. That girl, 9-year-old Alyssa Medlin, testified that Ki ... More >>
Mandy OaklanderJohn Kinsel sells his wares at the Angola Prison Rodeo.Dooney & Bourke knockoff purses and stainless steel crosses line a long row of picnic tables at the Angola Prison Rodeo craft sale. The artisans wait close behind in a parallel craggy row, separated from their wares by a ch ... More >>
John Kinsel remains in prison even after alleged rape victim recanted.
This week's feature tells the story of John Kinsel, a man who will spend the rest of his life locked up at Angola Prison for a crime his accuser has since said he didn't commit. Alyssa Medlin testified as a nine-year-old that Kinsel -- her mother's boyfriend -- had raped her for years. The gi ... More >>
Now a Recovery in more ways than one.Eminem quietly scored a major victory in a case involving download royalties this week. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an appeal filed by Universal Music Group, the world's largest music empire, against Eminem's former production company F.B.T. Productio ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.
Texas can police its own air, thankyouverymuch.â€‹Republican U.S. Congressman Pete Olson may not officially be the poster boy for the oil and gas industry, but one could argue that he's really bucking for the job. Last week, Olson of Sugar Land announced that he and a few other politicians on Capit ... More >>
â€‹Local attorneys Cletus Ernster III and Damon Chargois were in the forefront of lawyers suing the department store chain Dillard's on claims of racism, a story we wrote about back in 2004.They said their black customers were unfairly targeted by store security, and treated roughly in any incidents ... More >>
Photo by EverJeanGayle Rothenberg, the prominent Houston doctor who was convicted of using fake Botox on her patients, has had that conviction overturned by the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals.The appellate court ripped into Rothenberg's trial, saying prosecutors presented evidence -- and the judg ... More >>
For the first year, Baby Raymond lived happily with his family. Then the agency took him away and even though his Chinese-American family fought to get him back, they couldn't find the right words
After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border
For days after the storm, inmates in Beaumont lived without A/C, electricity or hot meals. Press releases kept saying everything inside was fine. Guards and prisoners agree — that was nothing but B.S.
A FotoFest exhibition questions justice
Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame
Starbucks tries to step on the start-up of Starbock beer
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal abruptly recuses herself without explanation
A self-proclaimed journalist has had a paying job -- private eye
Thousands of missing FBI documents in the Timothy McVeigh case? It comes as no surprise to the survivors of Operation Lightning Strike.
Years ago, courts ruled that routine strip searches in jails were unconstitutional. But for Fort Bend County women, if you got booked, they took a look.
If Harris County constables execute a writ of possession, Security Storage gets your stuff. How do you get it back?
The man who created Josie and the Pussycats can't understand why his girls don't belong to him
His body was riddled with police bullets. The case against the cops also may be riddled with holes.
Gas station dealers find big oil blocking the way in their struggles against extinction
The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.
Despite the county's outlook, the Oregon police shooting case is still very much alive
Does Houston have to get tougher on street people with new laws?
Baylor and Fulbright & Jaworski -- with the help of a lame duck judge -- see to it that Bonnie Dunbar won't get a chance to tell all in court
Three cops. One kid on LSD. Something just didn't add up for Skip and Becky Allen, who filed a lawsuit to find out how their son died.
Three stories of taxman terror
In the drug world, you can't trust anybody - especially a federal informant
Last week Anthony Ray Westley was executed for a murder he may not have committed. Only his lawyer and family seemed to care.
A court victory for laid-off Latino workers spotlights the harsh conditions in Houston's surplus of small plastics plants
In a small town south of Houston, they say school prayer is a matter of religious freedom. But even in Santa Fe, freedom for one student can be tyranny for another.
Lupe Salinas made a lot of friends on his journey from a Rio Grande Valley childhood to becoming a dogged prosecutor and respected state district judge. Until he was tapped for a federal judgeship, he never knew how many enemies he had.