U.S. Supreme Court

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Judge Edith Jones Will Face No Judgement, Complaint Against Fifth Circuit Justice Dismissed

    A federal appeals court judge underwent an incredibly rare ethics investigation, and came out the other side unscathed. After initially clearing Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones of any misconduct in August, the judicial counsel at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rejected an appeal to that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Welcome to Country Music Time Machine

    Country music has an interesting relationship with current events. Unlike other forms of pop that deal with one form of fantasy or another -- starlets forever falling in love with that guy who is just out of reach; aspiring rappers' dreams of a ghetto-fabulous lifestyle, for example -- country draw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Houstonians Without Voter ID Are Mostly Black and Poor

    Texas' Voter ID law -- which requires that voters show election officials an approved and up-to-date photo ID in order to cast a ballot -- has long been a point of contention. Since the Lege passed a voter ID requirement in 2011, many of its opponents have questioned whether the law unfairly singles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Greg Abbott Threatens to Sue EPA...Again

    The past several years of Greg Abbott's political career have been one long, drawn-out pissing match with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For an avowed tort-reformer, our Attorney General-turned GOP candidate for governor sure loves a good lawsuit when the feds are in the crosshairs, famou ... More >>

  • News

    April 10, 2014

    Rick Perry Is the King of Pay-to-Play

    Rick Perry's employment agency and McCutcheon simplified.

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Study: Voter Fraud Non-Existent, Partisanship at Heart of Voter Laws

    The George W. Bush DOJ went after voter fraud hard. It became a mantra in right-wing talking circles that voter fraud was rampant, perhaps swinging elections. The problem with this narrative was that there simply wasn't much evidence to support it. Undeterred by the lack of evidence, right-wing acti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Denies Duane Buck a New Sentencing Hearing

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied Duane Buck's appeal for a new sentencing, meaning an execution date can be set if the Harris County District Attorney's Office chooses to seek an execution date. Buck was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1997 for the murders of his ex-girlfrie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Did Undercover Cops Wear Speedos and Penis T-Shirts When Busting Gay Dudes in Memorial Park?

    The answer to the question in the headline, according to gay activist Ray Hill, is a resounding "yes." Here's the deal: A Houston Police Department spokesperson told Hair Balls that officers conducted a "proactive investigation" at Memorial Park last week, in which seven men were arrested and char ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Was Duane Buck Sentenced to Death Because He's Black? Will It Matter?

    During Duane Buck's 1997 murder trial in Harris County, a psychologist told the jury that Buck was more likely to be a danger to society because he was black. This would be a huge deal in pretty much any legal situation, but the statement had more direct life or death ramifications in Buck's trial ... More >>

  • 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

    April 17, 2013

    Genovevo Salinas: Supreme Court Weighs Fifth Amendment Rights in Houston Murder Case

    Prisoner Genovevo Salinas' silence during an early interrogation for a double-murder at a Houston apartment complex back in 1992 will be the subject of arguments before the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. Salinas is serving out a 20-year sentence for the shooting deaths of brothers Juan and Hector ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Confederate Lawyer Fights to Keep Confederate Memorial Plastered in Confederate Remembrance

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Feds Toss Out Texas's Redistricting Maps: Biased Against Minorities, Panel Says

    The Texas GOP's lengthy effort to create redistricting maps that federal judges say don't discriminate against minorities hit another snag today when a three-judge panel in D.C. threw out the latest plan. The judges said the proposed maps failed to meet fairness standards using various tests and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Wine and the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

    When I was a student in Italy in my early twenties, I ate twice a day in a university cafeteria, where 3,000 lire (roughly $2) got you a pasta or rice first course (usually topped with tomato sauce or tomato and meat sauce), a second course of fish or meat with a side of vegetables, a piece of bread ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Crossing the Line: Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner

    One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Cover Story: The War on Mexicans Has to Stop

    America's peculiar war on Mexicans has gone too far, says this week's cover package from Village Voice Media. A hostile Supreme Court and a feckless Obama administration have resulted in abominations like Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, which gives cops all but carte blanche to question the immigration ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Lack Of Social Safety Net Tying Many Musicians To Day Jobs

    "I fantasize sometimes that my musical career would hit gold and help us escape these grim realities, but it's not something I really expect to happen." ​There are few issues in the current political climate more fraught with contention than whether or not the U.S. government will take a more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Whitney Harper: Song Downloader's Appeal Slapped Down By U.S. Supreme Court

    Faith Hill shall not be denied​Five record labels that sued a 16-year-old San Antonio girl six years ago for illegally downloading a bunch of shitty music the labels vomited upon the listening public can finally exhale: the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the girl's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Rappers Vs. Uncle Sam: N.W.A., Eminem, Kanye...

    ​Mike Myers will probably go down in history as the most uncomfortable white guy next to a black guy in TV history, thanks to Kanye West's unscripted outburst during that infamous Hurricane Katrina telethon. It began with Myers reading his part of the script verbatim. Two-thirds into the PSA, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Your Buzzword Is My Band Name, Part 1

    Friedrich Glorian via Flickr​It's a Google-rific society we be a-living in, and the fastest way to notoriety is to coin a phrase that, when Guantanamo Bayed safely between quotation marks in a search field, will bring up endless debate upon your win or fail. We have been blessed with some rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    "The Wreck Of The Old 97": Country's First Million-Seller

    Before the Edmund Fitzgerald went down with all hands, inspiring Gordon Lightfoot's famous ballad, there was another wreck and another song. In 1903, The Southern Railway had a deal with the United States Postal Service for mail delivery. One of the trains involved in the mail haul was The Fast M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Two-Thirds Of Texans Blow Off Church; Even More Don't Want No "Social Justice" With Their Religion, Thank You

    Two-thirds of those polled knew who this guy was?​The latest UT/Texas Tribune poll shows some stuff to give Democrats hope (Rick Perry polling at his usual 39 percent, etc.), but there are also some interesting things in the throw-away questions on the survey.UT/TT polled 800 registered voters, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    KPFT Knocked Off Air -- Not By The KKK This Time

    No Elena Kagan hearings for KPFT listeners​Pacifica station KPFT-FM has been knocked off the air and may not be able to broadcast over the airwaves until tomorrow because of damage to its radio tower.Don't blame the KKK this time. Blame copper thieves.A group of what KPFT general manager Duane Bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Jeff Skilling Gets Even More Desperate To Prove Houston's Full of Hatahs

    ​Today is the big day before the U.S. Supreme Court for Jeff Skilling, former Enron exec, former Manhattan party animal, current federal inmate.Among other things, Skilling's lawyers are arguing that his federal trial should have been moved from Houston because we all were so affected by Enron tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Quote Of The Day, From The Judge Who Had An Affair With A Prosecutor

    ​The odd case of Charles Dean Hood has been a subject of talk for a while. He was convicted of killing a Plano couple -- there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of doubt about it -- but he's got a unique appellate argument: The judge and his prosecutor had been lovers.Back in our cub-reporting days, ... More >>

  • News

    October 29, 2009

    No Justice

    We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Involving Alleged Spy Shot By HPD Officers

    ​In the court of law, it never really mattered whether Roland Carnaby was a spy, as he claimed just before police gunned him down along the highway following a high-speed chase. After all, his widow, Susan, was suing the City of Houston and a pair of its police officers in federal court for excess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Five Great Moments In Houston's Gay History

    Gays, lesbians, transgenders, bisexuals, transsexuals and their friends will be marching in the 2009 Houston Pride parade Saturday night (this year's theme is "Out for Justice").To add to the festivities, we thought we'd recap some of the highlights of Houston's GLBT history. 1958: Ray Hill came ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    The Judge Who Couldn't Wait Files A Response

    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 >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Guantánamo's Final Days

    As America prepares to close the infamous camp, what about those prisoners?

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Texas Exorcism Case Goes to Washington

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    The Nation Notices Harris County Ain't Killing People Much These Days

    We first broke the news in October; the Houston Chronicle noticed it earlier this month, and now Time magazine has discovered it: There will be no one sent to Death Row from Harris County this year.Which, in historical terms, is kind of like saying Texas high schools will not be sending anyone to bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Houston Astrologers Pick The Presidential Race

    Some of you nervously awaiting the presidential election are lying fetal, with some type of bottle in your mouth (Dems, most likely); some of you are side-swiping every car you see with an opposing candidate’s bumper sticker (Reps, you betcha). But I’m here to tell ya: You’re not going to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    This Just In: Sometimes Voters Aren't Very Informed About Candidates

    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 >>

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    No Pain, No Gain

    Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame

  • News

    March 24, 2005

    The Thin Gray Line

    There's not much difference between a bounty hunter and a cop, save for a lot of regulation and a little respect

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    A Matter of Trust

    Creditors of an estate debt try to collect from a councilmember and the former U.S. solicitor general

  • News

    January 15, 2004

    Ties That Bind?

    The D.A. shares something with those he's supposed to be probing: campaign support

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Court Ruling Best Court Ruling

    The Supreme Court's sodomy decision

  • News

    April 17, 2003

    Dumb and Dumber

    Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Child Support

    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.

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Left Return

    Once burdened by debt and internal politics, a rejuvenated Texas ACLU is back mixing it up with those who dare to trample on the U. S. Constitution.

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Death Row Show

    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.

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Hanging with Mr. X

    Quanell comes on strong at Graham's execution, then vanishes

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    Dimitri's Last Stand

    Will naturalists rid the wetlands of a wily immigrant's sex clubs?

  • News

    July 22, 1999
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    January 26, 1995
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    August 11, 1994
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