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  • 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 >>

  • News

    March 27, 2014

    Dr. Steven Hotze's Weird War Against the Texas Medical Board

    Right wing physicians claim the TMB doesn't play fair. Not everyone agrees.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Federal Case Against Trustee Larry Marshall and HISD Dismissed by Judge

    Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall and HISD itself got happy, happy news Tuesday when U.S. District Court Judge Keith P. Ellison dismissed all claims against them filed by Gil Ramirez Group and Gil Ramirez Jr. in late 2010. In the lawsuit, Ramirez and his firm had alleged that Eva Jackson of RHJ-J ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2013

    Desperate Act

    >Man douses self with liquid from a gas can in front of Exxon building.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    UPDATED: Michael Brown Gets 30 Days in Federal Slammer

    Former hand-surgeon/wife-beater Michael Brown has been sentenced to 30 days in a federal penitentiary for choking several stewardesses aboard a British Airways flight in January. He'll get two years of supervised release afterwards, with mandatory mental health treatment and substance abuse evaluati ... 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

    August 21, 2013

    Galveston Cuts Constable Districts in Half After Voting Rights Act Ruling

    Well, that didn't take long. In a move that had previously been struck down by the federal government as unconstitutional and discriminatory, Galveston County moved this week to eliminate four of the eight county constable districts according to a report from the Houston Chronicle (requires subscrip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Daniel Duplaisir: Guilty Plea in A&M Prof's Extortion Case

    Daniel Duplaisir pleaded guilty to one count of extortion today, admitting in federal court that he pretended to be a 16-year-old girl during sexually explicit online chats with a Texas A&M professor who later threw himself off a parking garage roof. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes scheduled s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    More Than 500 Indians Abused by Human Trafficking, Lawyer Says

    In 2005, Hurricane Katrina not only almost destroyed New Orleans and wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. The hurricane may also have opened the door for human trafficking for one company, according to lawsuits filed in Texas and Mississippi on Tuesday. The swathe of destruction Hurricane Katrina cut ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    November 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Pradaxa Lawsuits Consolidated in Beautiful East St. Louis, Illinois

    Families suing the maker of anti-clotting drug Pradaxa will have their cases consolidated in an East St. Louis, Illinois, court -- a decision the Texas-based law firm leading the suits is calling a coup. Pradaxa hit the U.S. market in 2010, hailed by manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim as a major le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Hate-Crime-Guilty White Supremacists -- One Who "Only Hates the Dallas Cowboys" -- Sentenced For Attacking a Black Male at a Bus Stop

    The three dudes who united over their white-power tattoos and then beat down a random black male at a downtown Houston bus stop are bound for federal prison. On Monday at the downtown Houston federal courthouse, Charles Cannon, Michael McLaughlin and Brian Kerstetter were sentenced to 2-1/2 to 6-1/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Intertek Oil and Gas Workers Screwed Out of Moolah, Says Lawsuit

    Local oil, gas and chemical inspectors have been getting jipped out of overtime wages, according to a collective action lawsuit that was recently granted approval by a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas. According to the suit, employees for Houston-based Intertek USA ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Crossing The Line: Days of Rage

    The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Archie Bell Sues Legendary "Philly Soul" Duo Gamble & Huff

    Marc BrubakerArchie Bell at the Continental Club, September 3​In certainly one of the more interesting local items to come in over courthouse.com, a Web site that reports on notable, unusual or legally significant filings in the federal courts, Houston songwriter and performer Archie Bell has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Roger Clemens Ordered to Face Trial Again

    Your favorite Astro, back in court.​In a not too surprising development, U.S. District Court Judge Reginald Walton ruled earlier this afternoon, after a morning of oral arguments, that double jeopardy did not attach during the aborted Roger Clemens trial earlier this summer. As a result, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Company Brings in Guy in a Gorilla Suit to Celebrate Juneteenth, Lawsuit Claims

    Employees to Carey: Slow your roll.​Here in post-racial America, where having a black president gives Americans a carte blanche to throw political and humane correctness to the wind, race is something to be joked about at all times. It's Juneteenth, the day reserved to celebrate the end of sla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Lucas Henderson, Student from Waco, Allegedly Scams Scores of Companies with Illegal Coupons

    From The Smoking Gun22-year-old Lucas Henderson allegedly used his computer powers for evil.​There's been a rash of South-on-East-Coast fraud lately, in which residents from small Texas towns have effectively duped fancy New York firms. Remember April's scamster of the month Andy Surface, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Stephen Jabbour, Mark Tilford: Kiddie Porn Cases Face Two Prominent South Texas Lawyers

    Stephen Jabbour and Bill Clinton​What is going on with these prominent, middle-aged lawyers in the Texas Coastal Bend and their kiddie porn? Just last week, one got sentenced to federal prison, and it seems another is likely to follow. Last Friday, 57-year-old Stephen Jabbour, the former chai ... More >>

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    Cloaked Brutality

    The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but what’s been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Willie D Gets A Year And A Day In Federal Pen For Wire Fraud

    ​Former Geto Boy Willie D, aka William Dennis, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison on wire fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Texas announced today. Judge Gray Miller also ordered Willie D to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution to the buy ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Offers Scant Contrition, Scurries Away Like Scalded Dog

    Photo by lisaschafferphotoThere there, little soldier. Miguel Tejada faced the press yesterday and took the coward's way out. Crying and stumbling over his words, Tejada confessed his sorrow for not telling Congressional investigators that he knew of another player that took steroids. Tejada and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Roger Clemens vs. Brian McNamee: Dismissed (Mostly)

    Photo by ToFuGunsSrsly. As happened so many times in his career, when it came to clutch time, Roger Clemens has failed to deliver. U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison today dismissed most of Roger Clemens' defamation suit against Brian McNamee, Clemens' former trainer. Ellison partially dism ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Roger Clemens vs. Brian McNamee: Dismissed (Mostly)

    As happened so many times in his career, when it came to clutch time, Roger Clemens has failed to deliver. U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison today dismissed most of Roger Clemens' defamation suit against Brian McNamee, Clemens' former trainer. Ellison partially dismissed the suit on jurisdi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Offers Scant Contrition, Scurries Away Like Scalded Dog

    Miguel Tejada faced the press yesterday and took the coward's way out. Crying and stumbling over his words, Tejada confessed his sorrow for not telling Congressional investigators that he knew of another player that took steroids. Tejada and his posse, including his attorney Mark Tuohey, refused t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Expected to Plead Guilty of Perjury; A-Rod Still a Scapegoat

    At ten o'clock this morning, a federal prosecutor and Miguel Tejada will appear in front of a U.S. District Court judge and a six-page criminal information will be entered before the Court. It is expected that, at that time, Tejada will plead guilty to lying before Congress. It is thought that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Expected to Plead Guilty of Perjury; A-Rod Still a Scapegoat

    At ten o'clock this morning, a federal prosecutor and Miguel Tejada will appear in front of a U.S. District Court judge and a six-page criminal information will be entered before the Court. It is expected that, at that time, Tejada will plead guilty to lying before Congress. It is thought that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    A-Rod's Steroid Bust: How It Really Went Down

    Alex Rodriguez did an Andy Pettitte yesterday and admitted to taking steroids. Though he wasn't facing any legal jeopardy, it's probably for the best that he did this as Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Andy Pettitte were all able to easily go on with their careers after their admissions whereas w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    This Just In: Miguel Tejada Charged With Lying to Congress About the Steroids

    It's just now being reported that charges are being brought against Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada for lying to Congress. Details are still slight and sketchy, so it's not known if it's a full-on perjury charge, or if they're getting at him for interfering with the investigation. Tejad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    This Just In: Miguel Tejada Charged With Lying to Congress About the Steroids

    It's just now being reported that charges are being brought against Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada for lying to Congress. Details are still slight and sketchy, so it's not known if it's a full-on perjury charge, or if they're getting at him for interfering with the investigation. Tejada ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    A-Rod's Steroid Bust: How It Really Went Down

    Alex Rodriguez did an Andy Pettitte yesterday and admitted to taking steroids. Though he wasn't facing any legal jeopardy, it's probably for the best that he did this as Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Andy Pettitte were all able to easily go on with their careers after their admissions whereas we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    Parish Predators: Trial Set in Molestation Case Against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

    After three years of legal wrangling, a trial has been set in the case of four men who sued the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for alleged negligence related to sexual abuse they suffered at a diocesan parish in the mid-1990s. The trial has been set for February 25, 2008, in U.S. District Court in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2007

    Litton Loan Litigants Granted Class Status (say that five times fast)

    Speaking of updates, there’s good news for the folks suing Litton Loan, the Houston-based mortgage servicer: They can proceed with a class-action suit. After two years of legal wrangling, a U.S. District Court judge in California has granted class status to a nationwide group of disgruntled mortga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2006

    But the Big Game Was On...

    ...making Houston proud. America's favorite war profiteers are in the news again. Unsealed on Friday, a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Kellogg, Brown & Root claims the Halliburton subsidiary used military supplies for its own Super Bowl party. (We were going to blog about this yesterday, b ... More >>

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Horse Flesh

    Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths

  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Ship Wrecked

    A Houston firm certified the oil tanker Prestige as good to go. It broke apart in the Atlantic, causing the worst environmental disaster in Spanish history.

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

  • Culture

    April 19, 2001

    Custody Battle

    Marvel Comics isn't going to give up Captain America without a fight

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    This Bud's for John

    John McCain's family

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Downing

    Brentwood's protests have given way to a calmer acceptance of AIDS patients living there

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

  • Music

    May 28, 1998
  • News

    August 29, 1996

    The Right Kind of People

    Ken Schnitzer gets off -- with a little help from his friends

  • News

    December 1, 1994

    Hard Habit to Break

    M.D. Anderson just can't say no to research funding from the tobacco industry

  • News

    November 24, 1994

    Out of the Soup

    Yes, the city's settlement of a lawsuit was a good deal -- for Helen Huey

  • News

    January 20, 1994

    The fight to save the Katy Prairie

    How many winters more will Arctic waterfowl make their 10,000-year-old journey to the western edge of Houston?

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