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"...David Dewhurst has already made it clear he intends to abandon the Senate's two-thirds rule for the special, meaning maps only have to pass by a simple majority, not the two-thirds majority required in a regular session. The San Antonio courts have already expressed their discontent about legislative trickery in the 82nd session, and there is no reason to believe they will be any less forgiving in the 83rd...."
"...However, there could be one catch. While Perry has asked only that lawmakers rubber stamp the interim maps drawn by the San Antonio courts last year, Speaker Joe Straus has already said he will entertain other maps...."
"...The park was about – McKinley Park, great park – fishing and basketball courts, a swimming pool, and that was maybe five, six blocks away. About two blocks away was something called Point Playground, where during summer they would have softball games at night and the older guys would come..."
"...Rick Perry is still demanding nearly $2 billion in tax cuts be passed. Or the state's legal woes: With both school finance and redistricting inching their way through the courts, Attorney General Greg Abbott met with the Republican caucus on May 14 to discuss whether lawmakers will have to come back in the summer to deal with their fallout..."
"...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 to decide...to try to punish people," Phillips asked Rep..."
"... To achieve this goal, ARF has raised over $11 million to fund programs that emphasize character development and values such as honor, respect, dignity and duty. Recently, ARF announced the construction of a state-of-the-art facility right here in Austin, Texas! The facility will feature more than 10,000 square feet of computer labs, meeting and mentoring rooms, a nutrition and physical education center, eight lighted tennis courts and more. Andy will be joined by a star-studded guest list, including Bobby Bones, Roger Clemens, John Mallinger, Vince Young and more, to help support the cause..."
"...Crawford hopes the courts will order a hearing to consider the new medical evidence and other issues that remain unresolved in the case...."
"...“Borrowed Time,” Parquet Courts..."
"...You can pass all the legislation that you like, but unless parents buy into it, then you'll be legislating on a fast track to nowhere. If enough parents buy in to choice, you'll win: And, then, if you don't have everyone, or even enough to pass legislation, you can always head to the courts...."
"...The schedule resumes April 3, with the planned execution of Kimberly McCarthy, previously stayed in order to allow time for the courts and Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins to consider whether racial bias infected her case. Specifically at issue is whether Dallas County prosecutors unlawfully struck all but one minority potential juror from McCarthy's jury pool..."
"...The matter didn't raise any new debate at Council's Tuesday work session, but Save Our Springs Alliance has sent out a call for public opposition: "Such [AG] opinions are only advisory," wrote SOS director Bill Bunch. "They are not binding on anyone including the courts..."
"...Led by the Marked Men's Jeff Burke, the Japan-based the Novice keeps its Denton parent's faith with intensely performed but melodically solvent garage punk. Rooted in the Lone Star State, Parquet Courts calls NYC home, though the rattling, melodic post-punk found on its acclaimed debut Light Up Gold would be at home anywhere..."
"...Even more important, the Senate committee was scheduled to take up Whitmire's SB 344, which would allow for appeals of criminal convictions that were based on junk or outdated scientific evidence – from discredited and junky dog-scent lineup evidence to the outdated trifecta of symptoms once considered the hallmark of so-called shaken baby syndrome. The bill would ensure that courts could grant a defendant relief based on relevant scientific evidence not available at the time the person was convicted..."
"...RECOS Parquet Courts, the Brooklyn punk rockers; Earl Sweatshirt, rapper, songwriter, producer, and member of the Los Angeles based hip-hop collective Odd Future; Omar Souleyman, an Arab musician who performs traditional Middle Eastern songs in Kurdish and Arabic; Academik 2013 Showcase at Lanai Austin; LL Cool J at the Doritos party; Boots Riley; Charles Bradley; Divine Fits; Flaming Lips; Rhye; RxSM Self-Medicated Film Expo; and the documentary We Cause Scenes...."
"...Even more important, the Senate committee will be taking up Whitmire's SB 344, which would allow for appeals of criminal convictions that were based on junk or outdated scientific evidence – from discredited and junky dog-scent lineup evidence to the outdated trifecta of symptoms once considered the hallmark of so-called shaken baby syndrome. The bill would ensure that courts could grant a defendant relief based on relevant scientific evidence not available at the time the person was convicted...."
"...At issue in part is that there is no one group or body currently tasked with identifying the causes of wrongful conviction, testified Kathryn Kase, executive director of the Texas Defender Service. Appellate courts can only address issues brought to them, for example, and only in cases that are appealed..."
"...Here's the complete list of announced bands (today's additions in bold) Abigail (Japan) Absu Akitsa (Canada) Andy Stott (England) Anhedonist Back to Back The Bats (New Zealand) Benediction (England) Blank Realm (Australia) Blotter Body of Light Bolt Thrower Cold World Condition Criaturas Criminal Damage Cruciamentum (England) the Damned (England) Destruction Unit Effluxus Eternal Champion Final Conflict (Ashes to Ashes line up) Forward (Japan) Framtid (Japan) Full of Hell Gag Gehenna Grouper Hoax Iceage (Denmark) Impalers Infernoh (Sweden) Infest Inservibles (Mexico) Integrity Iron Lung Jessica Pratt Joyce Manor Kill The Client Kromosom (Australia) Left for Dead Long Knife Lotus Fucker Low Culture Lower (Denmark) Lust for Youth (Sweden) Magic Circle Mammoth Grinder Manilla Road Marching Church (Denmark) The Marked Men Marshstepper The Men Merchandise Milk Music Mind Eraser The Mind Spiders Mitochondrion (Canada) Mobb Deep (performing The Infamous) Nasa Space Universe Neo Cons Night Birds Nomad the Novice (Japan/Texas) No Statik Palm (Japan) Parquet Courts Pharmakon Pinkish Black Power Trip Rampage The Rats Replica Rival Mob Rotten Sound (Finland) Sad Boys Satan's Satyrs Screaming Females Sete Star Sept (Japan) S.H.I.T. (Canada) Speedwolf Stab (England) Step Forward Strange Factory (Japan) Sudor (Spain) Terveet Kadet (Finland) Total Control (Australia) Tragedy True Widow UV Race (Australia) Vaginors (Australia) Vaaska Vassafor Violent End Violent Future (Canada) Waxahatchee Who Killed Spikey Jacket? Wiccans World War 4 Wrathprayer (Chile)..."
"...At least that's how it was until January, said District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, when prosecutors realized that since August 2012 there had been an unprecedented string of 12 false-positive field tests in rocket-docket cases. Since then, she's conferred with the courts and with Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo before ultimately deciding to slow the docket and not accept any pleas until after a final drug test has been reported back from the APD's lab..."
"...For information, go to www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter, or call 254/968-1886. On the second Saturday of April, the Thurber Historical Association sponsors a tournament on the old bocce ball courts...."
"...DNA remains on nearly every item a person comes into contact with, and DNA scientists are steadily perfecting the ability to extract individual DNA profiles from a pool of donors – perhaps being able to isolate the DNA of one person from among many who have touched a restaurant salt shaker over the course of a day. When that evidence is readily accepted by courts, the realm of potential evidence will increase exponentially..."
"...When courts ruled last summer that the state could exclude Planned Parenthood from the federally funded Women's Health Program – providing the linchpin for the state's argument against the clinics that served over half of the 100,000 women who sought WHP services – they claimed that "Texas's authority to promote [family-planning speech and not abortion speech] would be meaningless if it were forced to enlist organizations as health care providers ... that were also abortion advocates" (see "When You Say 'Planned Parenthood' You Say 'Abortion,' Court Rules," Aug..."
"..."Right now, [Promiseland] is a permitted amphitheatre and this ordinance would not affect that," he said. If Council approves the proposal from staff, residents' best chances of recourse may rest with the courts...."
"...LCRA spokeswoman Clara Tuma said the agency will still need to resolve issues with the four utilities concerning "the breach of contract due to the wrongful termination and possible damages." Local courts in Kendall and Kerr Counties will hear similar cases involving the Boerne Electric Utility and the Kerrville Public Utility Board; the city of Georgetown is appealing a ruling that dismissed its jurisdictional request. For more, see "LCRA and Utilities Fight Over Contracts," Sept..."
"...The state is appealing the Justice Department's refusal to preclear their heavily gerrymandered maps, passed last session, which the feds say violate the Voting Rights Act. Now the question is whether the Texas courts will step in and draw new maps...."
"...For Perry, in good times and bad, tax cuts are always the priority – that, and finding hot-button issues to distract the voters from the shell games being played with their money. With redistricting, voter ID, and public school finance currently punted to the courts, Perry's nominated distractions for this session appear to be drug-testing of working people (i.e., public assistance and unemployment insurance applicants) and the ever-reliable anti-abortion crusade...."
"...Abigail (Japan) Absu Akitsa (Canada) Andy Stott (England) Anhedonist The Bats (New Zealand) Bolt Thrower Criaturas Criminal Damage Cruciamentum (England) The Damned (England) Destruction Unit Effluxus Final Conflict (Ashes to Ashes line up) Forward (Japan) Framtid (Japan) Full of Hell Gehenna Hoax Iceage (Denmark) Impalers Infernoh (Sweden) Infest Inservibles (Mexico) Integrity Iron Lung Kromosom (Australia) Long Knife Low Culture Lower (Denmark) Magic Circle Mammoth Grinder Manilla Road Marching Church (Denmark) The Marked Men The Men Merchandise Milk Music Mind Eraser The Mind Spiders Mitochondrion (Canada) NASA Space Universe Neo Cons Night Birds Nomad The Novice (Japan/Texas) Palm (Japan) Parquet Courts Power Trip Rampage Rival Mob Rotten Sound (Finland) Sad Boys Satan's Satyrs Screaming Females Sete Star Sept (Japan) S.H.I.T. (Canada) Stab (England) Step Forward Strange Factory (Japan) Sudor (Spain) Terveet Kadet (Finland) Total Control (Australia) Tragedy UV Race (Australia) Vaginors (Australia) Vaaska Violent Future (Canada) Wiccans World War 4 Wrathprayer (Chile)..."
"...Republicans call this the "new normal," and they are widely expected to punt on the two most pressing issues – school finance and health care funding – until the courts force them to act. However, there is a note of tepid optimism..."
"...Department of Justice preclearance that is required under the Voting Rights Act. "I mean it can work, if the courts could come in and shorten deadlines and extend elections, but it's going to be a giant debacle," said Lewis...."
"...A hearing on the new suit, which seeks to enjoin the state from banning Planned Parenthood from the TWHP and from making good on a threat that it will can the whole program if the courts find it illegal to ban the nonprofit, will be held before the end of the year...."
"...When Texas courts ruled against the school finance system in 1989, it took three years and 10 special sessions to craft a legally acceptable replacement. The concern now is whether Republicans will find ways to rewrite the budget rules..."
"...Sounds utterly sensible – but elected judges cannot do without such contributions, especially from major law firms that regularly appear before them. If this one were to pass, there would likely be no appeals courts left..."
"...The FLDS moved to Texas in 2003 and lived in relative peace with the surrounding community of Eldorado until the state got a questionable phone tip claiming that children living at the compound were being sexually abused as part of the FLDS' participation in polygamy. The state went in and removed all the children found there, though the courts later rebuked the state's actions and sent the children back to live with their parents..."
"...Monson also argued that even if the inoperability clause is relevant, the federal government doesn't actually have the authority to deny the state Medicaid funds for the WHP. Whether the new Texas rules actually violate federal law is up to the federal courts to determine, Monson said, noting that a federal suit challenging the CMS decision to defund the program is pending in federal court in Waco..."
"...The facility was hand-built by members and specifically designed for the sport. It has rows of courts wall to wall and lights bright enough to always find the ball..."
"...The Third Court is one of 14 intermediate appellate courts statewide, but the Austin-based court, which serves 24 counties, has statewide impact. In addition to the routine civil and criminal cases it hears, Third Court judges also consider appeals involving state agencies and officials – from utility and environmental regulations to licensing disputes to public corruption cases – that have statewide ramifications..."
"...Amazingly, voters on Tuesday night chose to re-elect Court of Criminal Appeals GOP Presiding Judge Sharon "Killer" Keller – overlooking her ethical lapses (such as the 2010 failure to disclose to the Texas Ethics Commission millions of dollars in personal assets, and more infamously declaring in 2007 that the courthouse closes at 5pm, effectively foreclosing a death row inmate's ability to appeal) and the fact that she chose not to campaign and instead sat back and let the "R" next to her name do the work for her. Keith Hampton may have lost the race, but he's still in the battle to restore balance to the statewide courts: "Vote Hampton 2014," he wrote in a postelection text message to the Chronicle...."