"...Courts have blocked D&E bans in four states (Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, and Louisiana), and the fetal burial rule is facing litigation in Louisiana and got struck down in Indiana. But those precedents failed to stop Texas legislators, who apparently don't mind wasting taxpayer money on costly litigation..."
"...The case has been up and down in the federal courts for some time, and the 2011 district lines were temporarily redrawn by the courts for the purposes of the 2016 election. That's the thread on which state Attorney General Ken Paxton hung his response to the opinion, arguing in a press release that the 2011 lines are "moot" and "there are no lines to redraw," though he didn't immediately announce an appeal..."
"...• Pick a Zone: Including that group, there are roughly 40 zoning cases posted, although some arrive with already-attached postponement requests. Some of the familiar names returning include: Lantana Tract (several cases); Lenox Oaks/Cactus Rose Mobile Home Park; Bouldin Courts; Plaza Saltillo (several cases); La Mexicana Supermercado; thinkEAST Austin (the Jain Lane project)...."
"...Trying rape cases in court is exceptionally difficult, and requires both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys to possess a particularized skill set. The D.A.'s office does have a Family Justice Unit, but sexual assault, stalking, and aggravated assault cases currently go through the district's eight local courts, which see all other cases..."
"...As for the $350 per person contribution limit, Wood said the courts have tended to uphold those limits, and leave to lawmakers the precise amounts permitted. “Courts don’t want to decide ‘that’s too low,’ or ‘that’s too high’ – they leave that to the municipalities or the legislature."..."
"...But in due course, Gov. Rick Perry called a special session, the bill in a different form was rammed through the Legislature, and while the appeals worked through the courts over the past three years, more than half of the state's abortion clinics were forced to close – the inevitable result of the law's sham claim of "protecting women's health."..."
"..."Moving forward, Texas lawmakers should refrain from pushing medically unnecessary policies which erect barriers to a safe and legal medical procedure. If they do, it is now crystal clear that the courts – and the public – will forcefully stand in their way.”..."
"..."The lieutenant governor ought to stop talking about transgender bathroom access and let the courts sift through the law. It's time now for the state of Texas to stop beating up on transgender people and let the courts answer the question they have asked the court to answer,” said Rudner..."
"...Hampton is the Kellers' (pro bono) attorney, who successfully represented them before the lower and appeals courts and finally persuaded the judicial system to grudgingly, incompletely acknowledge that incarcerating two innocent people for decades was unjust. In the course of that defense, which began in 2012, Hampton has become an encyclopedic authority on the crimes that never happened at Fran's Oak Hill Day Care center..."
"...Hellerstedt (formerly v. Cole), the case filed by abortion providers challenging part of House Bill 2, a draconian set of Texas abortion clinic restrictions, are expected to take place at SCOTUS this week, after nearly three years of bouncing around the lower courts since the bill’s inception in 2013..."
"...• Item 48: A resolution, sponsored by CM Ora Houston, initiating historic zoning for East Austin's Rosewood Courts, and supporting their nomination and inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1939, Rosewood Courts were the first African-American public housing project in the U.S.; last year the complex was denied historic zoning by the Historic Landmark Commission...."
"...His track record on those suits was pretty weak, so now he's trying to re-write the rules of engagement to his advantage. Dallas County Democratic Party chair Carol Donovan quickly fired back that "Governor Greg Abbott's continued interference with the constitutional rights of the citizens of Texas have been blocked, time and time again, by the federal courts..."
"...Although 13 of the 15 proposed protected classes in HERO are already protected under Federal law (sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, family, marital, or military status; gender identity and sexual orientation are not), it doesn't mean that folks who are discriminated against under those circumstances have immediate or easy access to recourse. Federal Courts are already inundated with civil suits, leading to long waits for claimants...."
"...Election day is Tuesday, with voting locations available on the Travis County Clerk's elections web site. There are seven state constitutional propositions on the ballot – for more information and Chronicle endorsements, see here, and a single Travis County bond proposition, for a new Civil and Family Courts Complex..."
"...The first is Rick Carver (Shannon), an Orlando real estate broker who’s moved from selling homes to evicting behind-payment owners. Sleek, tall, and 100% in control of an otherwise out-of-control system, Carver, with the aid of the local sheriffs and backlogged courts, flips the properties for profit after his wrecking crew does a little creative dismantling..."
"...• Courthouse Collision: Last Wednesday, Sept. 23, District 6 City Council Member Don Zimmerman and D1 CM Ora Houston took to Council's Audit and Finance Committee their 11th-hour proposal to move the Civil & Family Courts Complex project out of Downtown and into the "Eastern Crescent" of the city, perhaps near Lake Walter Long in Houston’s District 1 and County Precinct 1..."
"...Representing the state, Solicitor General Scott Keller initially argued this is a legislative issue, not one for the courts, and that other state courts have gotten out of the business of regulating school finance. However, Justice Debra Lehrmann pointed out quickly that the Texas court has rejected that position, so Keller shifted tack..."
"...However, he said, "Whether or not the system is inadequate and inequitable is a separate question to whether or not our school finance system should be improved." The fact the state has failed to reach even the 2011 numbers should be sign enough, and he is pessimistic that the Legislature will act without a Supreme Court ruling. Moreover, he voiced concern that this could be a repetition of the last time the courts tackled school funding: Back in 2006, the Supremes only ruled on part of a previous challenge..."
"...In Austin and its surrounding areas, the issue is being addressed from all three of these necessary perspectives: nonprofits, legal entities and task forces, and law enforcement. Government-led human trafficking task forces exist on nearly every level of jurisdiction in Texas, starting on a countywide level with the Travis County courts. Project Phoenix..."
"...Also appearing on the festival’s platform for heavy music: a one-off reunion from D.C. melodic hardcore heroes Dag Nasty, gothists Skinny Puppy, metalcore mainstays Converge, New York rockers Parquet Courts, veteran punk supergroup Off!, garage blues upstart Benjamin Booker, folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad, and shoegazing eardrum abusers Nothing...."
"...It's the first serious attempt to shift how the state distributes money in more than a decade. Rather than wait for the courts to force his hand, Aycock took the initiative, and many of his fellow reps have his back...."
"...Fourth, the amount collected was a joke compared to the real need for funds for survivors of sexual and physical abuse. Fifth, that money couldn't be spent anyway, because the Texas Entertainment Association (the trade association for strip clubs) was challenging the bill in the courts..."
"...Inspired by emerging food trends in major coastal cities, a handful of scrappy culinary entrepreneurs began trying the trailer business for themselves. Savvy landlords turned empty lots into food courts, some with more amenities than others..."
"...Judge James Graves Jr. (appointed by President Barack Obama) and Patrick Higginbotham (appointed by President Ronald Reagan) both sharply criticized state logic in defending same-sex marriage bans, with Higginbotham calling the state’s denial of marriage equality based on failure to procreate “ridiculous.” Evan Wolfson, president of national LGBT-rights group, Freedom to Marry, called on the 5th Circuit to follow what nearly 60 states and federal courts (including four federal circuit courts) have now done – end discrimination against gay couples..."
"...Having Texas' higher courts overrule lower courts, only to have their rulings overturned at the Federal level, has become tiresome. With the Texas Supreme Court in particular so dominated by Gov..."
"...Patricia Wheeler also feels that she, along with her family, has been mistreated by APD. Patricia lives in the Santa Rita Courts in East Austin..."
"...Fred McGhee said he is running primarily to provide better opportunities and a better city for his three young children, and on affordability he said he is the only candidate who has actually preserved affordable housing, through his advocacy for historic preservation of Santa Rita Courts and Rosewood Courts. He said Austin needs to recall its history in the New Deal and anti-poverty programs, and not try to reinvent what has worked for many years..."
"...One of ARIC's functions is to produce "Situational Awareness bulletins," compiled through various sources and analyzed. The day after Sartin wrote the email about the rally, ARIC issued a bulletin, mostly about Occupy Austin's activities – but included was a description of Move to Amend's rally, which the group was calling "Occupy the Courts." The report listed the group's website address, still misspelled as "movetoammend.org." There's no indication, however, of how this might connect to any criminal activity. "We Don't keep lists of people"..."
"...Marriage equality keeps moving up through the nation’s courts, with surprisingly consistent results so far...."
"...SA: People in this town complain about "Robin Hood" [i.e., state redistribution of school funding from wealthy districts to poorer ones] as the evil, and that's not entirely accurate. The problem is not that the state is collecting and redistributing funds – because the Constitution, the courts have told us, requires that..."
"...Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture/Mom + Pop)..."
"...District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg argues in a new filing prepared on her behalf by County Attorney David Escamilla. Texas courts "that have considered similar requests have held that it is entirely improper for a civil court to issue preemptive declarations of guilt or innocence," reads the motion, filed last week...."
"...Ultimately, the courts have agreed with the state, ruling that Hernandez-Llanas has not been able to show that he is retarded and thus protected from execution...."
"...The county's five JP courts are, in essence, the "people's courts," where judges handle all manner of cases, including small civil claims and minor criminal infractions. Indeed, for JP 5, that includes adjudicating tickets handed out for a smattering of low-level criminal charges, including possession of small amounts of marijuana..."
"...1) Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold (What's Your Rupture?)..."
"...My second book The Death of Innocents is about how mistakes [are made] and … also how the courts work. That if you have an ineffectiveness of council, a trial, and you’re sentenced to death, and part of the ineffectiveness of that lawyer was that they did not raise an objection when certain things happen when your constitutional rights weren’t respected..."
"...Buck's defense argues that he should be given an opportunity for a new sentencing hearing free of the racially-biased testimony. So far, the courts (and the Harris County D.A.'s office) have declined to agree..."
"...But Skeen challenges that Brockman has thus far failed to provide any actual evidence that Trooper is an employee, or, more importantly, that he lives in Texas or has any connection to the state. Without that, she argues, Brockman's threat of a suit in Texas, and seeking Trooper's identity via Texas courts, is little more than a fishing trip in a state that wouldn't even have jurisdiction over any ultimate lawsuit..."
"...According to the state, to allow same-sex couples to divorce without its intervention would be to allow a direct challenge to the constitutionality of a portion of the Family Code and of the Texas Defense of Marriage Act, passed by voters in 2005. Because courts have to recognize the existence of a marriage in order to grant a divorce, the simple act of seeking divorce in and of itself triggers the AG's "inherent" right to defend the law – in these cases, by opposing the dissolution of an out-of-state marriage, Assistant Solicitor General James Blacklock argued before a packed court room Tuesday morning..."
"...The Federal Courts have a grand total of 10 days of operating cash in the kitty. After that, they will require special dispensation from the Department of the Treasury to keep paying staff...."
"...Supreme Court and remains confident that the Legislature's maps will be vindicated." However, Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa took direct aim at Bean's boss, the GOP's presumptive front-runner for governor. He said, "Here we are halfway through 2013, and Greg Abbott has been unable to finalize maps that Federal Courts are willing to say aren't discriminatory."..."
"...Shoal Creek Conservancy Chairman Ted Siff said PARD work orders are backed up into the 300s. His Pease Park Conservancy counterpart Richard Craig reported that the city's having trouble stockpiling the paint for basketball courts' three-point lines..."
"...According to the Constitution, only Congress can make a law, which the courts can then interpret. The president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" (Article 2, Section 3)..."
"...In addition, "[t]he European Court of Human Rights ruled that a German car salesman [Khaled El-Masri] was an innocent victim of torture and abuse, in a long-awaited victory for a man who had failed for years to get courts in the U.S. and Europe to acknowledge what happened to him..."
"...Moreover, he's argued that his trial attorneys were ineffective for failing to present mitigating evidence that might have convinced the jury to impose a life sentence instead of death. Those claims have been rejected by the courts..."
"...McCarthy was first slated to be executed in January, but that date with death was halted by a Dallas County judge in order to consider a claim that minority potential jurors were improperly struck by prosecutors from serving in McCarthy's trial (it was actually her second trial; her initial 1998 conviction was overturned after the courts found that the state improperly included into evidence a statement McCarthy made to police after she had "unambiguously" invoked her right to counsel). In a letter to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, McCarthy's attorney Maurie Levin pointed out that at the time of McCarthy's trial racial discrimination "pervaded" the county's jury selection process..."
"...To date, Chester's appeals on this point have been denied. Although experts, and even the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, have agreed that Chester has a low IQ and some deficits in adaptive functioning – two points that clinicians use to determine intellectual disability – the courts (including the CCA) have nonetheless determined that he is not too disabled to be executed..."
"...What remains in question, however, is whether Chester is mentally retarded. To date, the courts have declared that he is not, meaning he has been cleared to be executed, scheduled now for June 12..."