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"...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..."
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"...For that, we recommend May’s Chaos in Tejas ad nauseum. ACL outfit Parquet Courts play that one, too...."
"...On appeal Parr's defense argued, in part, that Texas' instructions for jurors regarding mitigating evidence are so confounding as to provide no assurance that such evidence – of the extreme violence Parr faced as a child and the squalor he was raised in, including that he grew up without running water and was often fed "baked dirt" for meals – could be effectively weighed. The courts, however, have denied each of Parr's appeals, and the U.S..."
"...The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states that require parental notification and consent for adolescents seeking abortion must also create a bypass measure to allow vulnerable teens access to abortion via the courts, without telling a parent or guardian – for the benefit of physically, sexually, or emotionally abused and/or neglected girls whose lives could be threatened by a parent finding out, or girls whose parents are in prison or have been deported..."
"...Phillips also took exception to a provision that would allow courts in future proceedings to use findings of the commission – including whether judges or lawyers participated in misconduct leading to the conviction. "I don't understand why" if the bill is intended to "fix [problems in the system] and to go forward," why the commission would be allowed to go back with "hindsight 20/20 ....."
"...The published volume will be on sale at SXSW 2014. The growth of multiple food-related panels, in addition to the development of curated food truck courts and recipe collections, leads me to wonder if and when an entire, stand-alone food component might be added to the Festival..."
"...Parquet CourtsMohawk, March 15..."
"...A VISION FOR ROSEWOOD COURTS A community meeting on creating a transformation plan for the Rosewood Courts public housing property and surrounding neighborhood. Boys & Girls Club of Austin, 901 Thompson..."
"...Scott said he thinks there is now significant legislative sentiment for improvement. "There's always that sentiment to wait for the courts; but I get a sense that they want to bring back at least some resources, at least to cover enrollment growth, and fund some intervention programs."..."
"...Former Eanes ISD Trustee and now House Appropriations Committee Member Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, wrote that "our children's future should not be placed on hold while the legislature awaits instructions from the courts." She echoed Bridges' belief that the legislature needs to act now...."
"...But in 2010, Deuell asked Attorney General Greg Abbott if PP could be excluded as an "abortion affiliate" – and Abbott agreed that it could. State officials spent more than a year crafting language to do just that – and the same amount of time defending their right to do so in federal and state courts..."
"...Those things did not happen. Not in McMartin, where, after a decade, the defendants were cleared of having injured any of the children left in their care, and not anywhere else across the country: Daycare workers and other adults accused of bizarre incidences of abuse allegedly motivated by depraved obsessions were either overturned by courts of appeals or were paroled and then moved on into quiet anonymity..."
"...After seven years she had reclaimed her gallery's holdings, but was unable to retrieve the pictures that had been in her private collection, including Portrait of Wally. The Austrian restitution courts had sent Portrait of Wally to the Austrian National Gallery, mistakenly thinking it was a part of the collection of Dr..."
"...But what does it mean for the House? As GOP caucus leader, Taylor was one of the GOP's toughest leaders, and there's undoubtedly going to be a power vacuum in his departure. Moreover, he also steps down as House Elections Committee chair (where he did such a grand job that both voter ID and redistricting are stuck in the courts.) He's not the only exiting committee chair..."
"...Moreover, the Judicial Conference of the U.S. – the judiciary's policy-making arm, chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts – has recommended expanding the courts to incorporate 53 new permanent district judgeships, including four permanent seats in Texas' Western District, four in the Southern District, and one in the Eastern District..."
"...Although the Supremes overruled most of Arizona's immigration law, the court has left in place – for now – a portion of the law that allows police, during the course of a lawful detention, to verify immigration status – the so-called "show your papers" provision of the law. The Supremes ruled that it would be improper to rule on that provision until challenges to it made in state courts have been resolved..."
"...Since the maps used in the primaries are still conditional and under court appeal, Doggett doesn't even know yet where to move to be "in his district." His Austin campaign headquarters, in the 1700 block of East Seventh, is in the new CD 35, and looks directly across the street to Huston-Tillotson University – which is not in CD 35. Neither is Doggett's homestead, up the block past the university – and until the courts rule on or direct the final district lines, he and his family can't determine where to live next...."
"...Rossmo – a retired police officer who, in his work as a professor at Texas State University, researches why police investigations fail – in February told fellow commissioners that he was concerned that tunnel vision or groupthink might have infected the APD's investigation of the 20-year-old case. Indeed, finding serious constitutional violation with the way the cases were prosecuted, the courts ultimately overturned both Springsteen's and Scott's convictions..."
"...Although courts have confirmed that prosecutorial misconduct occurred in 91 Texas criminal cases between 2004 and 2008, not a single prosecutor among those has ever been disciplined for their misbehavior, according to new data compiled by the Innocence Project. (Allegations of prosecutor misconduct were raised in another 124 cases, but those issues were not ruled on by any court.)..."
"...2001 – Democrats and Republicans fail to agree on new maps after the 2000 Census, leaving the matter to the courts...."
"...One could even argue that it was the Democrats and minority voting rights groups because if they had only accepted the legislative process and started campaigning earlier, rather than fighting the elections in the courts, then none of this would have happened...."
"...Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, was in Washington, D.C., last week giving testimony in another redistricting trial and said: "I remain hopeful that the final maps will be very similar to the interim maps. After all, the courts are still responsible for protecting the voting rights of all Texans under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution."..."
"...If the federal courts ever resolve the redistricting disputes delaying the Texas primaries, Travis County Democratic voters will be nominating a district attorney (no Republicans have filed). Retired District Judge Charlie Baird is challenging incumbent Rosemary Lehmberg, seeking her second four-year term, in what already has the makings of a fiery contest..."
"..."There is no justification for Texas to have insisted on the immediate enforcement of this intrusive and demeaning law, nor the court of appeals to have granted it without giving us an opportunity to be heard," Nancy Northup, CRR's CEO and president, said in a press statement. "Texas reproductive health providers and the women they serve deserve to be treated the same as anyone else seeking a fair hearing from our courts."..."
"...She said, "We all know that 65% of the growth of 4.3 million people compared to the last ten years is a result of growth in the Hispanic community." However, the interim Congressional map did not add the three new minority-majority seats the task force sought. However, as NAACP legislative liaison Yannis Banks (reading a statement from state chair Gary Bledsoe) noted, the maps approved by the courts "do not reflect the political overreach of the legislature, but empower geographically connected communities to elect representatives who will address their community problems." Summing up the situation bluntly, he said, "The courts did what they had to do, what the state failed to do."..."
"...That Michael Morton did not kill his wife is certain. Prosecuted by Anderson and sentenced to life in prison in 1987, Morton was finally freed last month and declared innocent by the courts..."
"...In June, when the Legislature passed the latest round of school finance reforms, there was one question pending in the Capitol press corps: Would school districts sue the state as one bloc, or would the property-rich and property-poor districts file separate suits? Well, guess one more time: Commissioner of Education Robert Scott, Comptroller Susan Combs, and the State Board of Education now face three distinct legal challenges from three separate groups of school districts. However, among the legal actions is one unified theme: The school finance system is critically broken, and the only way to force lawmakers to fix it is through the courts...."
"...9 for the crime – one he persistently says he did not commit, though he admits he was in the home that night but says he was knocked out by a cocktail of booze and pills and awoke to find the carnage – unless Gray County District Attorney Lynn Switzer (perhaps at the urging of Gov. Rick Perry) or the courts demand that the evidence, which could demonstrate that someone else was at the crime scene, be turned over and finally tested..."
"...Referring to the 2011 House and Congressional maps as a potential gerrymander is a little redundant now that the courts have stepped in. So the week before Downton made his announcement, he was already being name-checked by Democrats in San Antonio because he served as House Redistricting Committee counsel during the gerrymandering process..."
"...House better hold on to their paperwork. The federal government has rejected calls from the state's Republican leaders to provide preclearance for their controversial redistricting plans, ensuring that the measure will be settled in the courts...."
"...The heavily gerrymandered maps are currently in the courts, but Republicans were hoping that Attorney General Eric Holder would effectively curtail that process by ruling that the maps are in compliance with the act. However, in a filing made today in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Holder kicked the issue back to the courts...."
"...Supreme Court announcing that it would hear two cases this fall that relate to the right to effective counsel on appeal. Whether Texas courts will see fit to stay Woods' execution until the high court has an opportunity to weigh in on the topic remains to be seen...."
"...Arlene Wohlgemuth calls home.) Former Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he'll run for that seat. If the courts uphold the new District 25, it will be one in which 74% of the voting-age population is Anglo and in which 55% voted for Rick Perry in 2010..."
"...The courts, however, have paid scant attention to Stephanie's many and vociferous protestations that her cousins are innocent. "I'm not going to give up, and neither is my family, until [the courts] finally see it my way," she said last year..."
"...Last week, in the opening local round of a contest that effectively began earlier in San Antonio, state House Rep. Joaquin Castro opened his run at the spanking new Congressional District 35, where – if the courts don't scramble the venue first – he will face longtime U.S..."
"...You can pursue several different remedies for breach of contract, including monetary damages. There are, however, some situations where courts deem monetary damages as inadequate, including real estate, which courts view as unique (i.e., you can't go out and find an exact property to replace the property that you had under contract)..."
"...in the International Court of Justice and won its bid to have U.S. courts review each of the more than 50 individual cases that it raised in court – including Leal's..."
"...During oral arguments on June 16, appellate attorney Terry Kirk argued that there was nothing to suggest grooming is an actual science – and that the state failed in Morris' case to offer any evidence that it is. Typically, the courts have drawn lines between "hard" and "soft" sciences..."
"...Have lawmakers conceded that the infamous "titty tax" is dead? During June 9 debate on Senate Bill 1, Reps. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, and Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, told the House that the surcharge on alcohol-serving, adult-oriented businesses is likely to fail in the courts..."
"...Bush penned a memo asking the U.S. courts to give effect to the ICJ ruling, but the U.S..."
"...At issue is the agency's imposing very restrictive sex offender parole conditions on inmates not actually convicted of sex offenses. In several high-profile cases, including that of Raul Meza, who was convicted of the 1982 murder in Southeast Austin of eight-year-old Kendra Page, federal courts have ruled that the BPP procedures that impose those restrictions without a hearing violate a parolee's due process rights...."
"...Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. about minority underrepresentation in the state House maps, and the current congressional proposals seem likely to follow those to the courts...."
"...Then-President George W. Bush asked Texas courts to take heed of the decision, but that did not happen, and in 2008 the U.S..."