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Balancing the Scales of Justice on Texas’ Most Important Courts
Dems run en masse for statewide judicial seats
"...A strange sensation – hope – pervades the Texas Democratic Party this year and has resulted in something..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Post by Brant Bingamon

Texas' 'Lethal Indifference' Blasted in New Death-Row Report
A new Texas Defenders Service study charges the state Court of Criminal Appeals ignores death-row inmates' rights and its own legal mandate.
"...A new report from the Texas Defender Service charges that inmates on death row are..."

Dec. 13, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Williamson DA Puts the Squeeze on Defense Bar
John Bradley sees nothing wrong with compelling testimony about indicted clients
"...On Dec. 16, local defense attorneys packed Williamson Co. District Judge Burt Carnes' courtroom..."

Dec. 31, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Defense Bar Faults Court-at-Law 4 on Backlog, Impartiality
Interim judge of family violence court responds to questions
"...down to run for Travis County Attorney), the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association offered congratulations to the new judge,..."

Dec. 4, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Travis County Primary Candidates Jockey to Champion Criminal Justice Change
A closer look at the heated District Attorney, County Attorney, and County Court at Law races
"...Everybody supports "criminal justice reform." Advocates across the entire political spectrum trumpet..."

Feb. 7, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

Not Your Same Old Criminal Jurisprudence Committee?
New voices on committee asking more questions
"...82nd – or 81st, or 80th even – House Criminal Jurisprudence committee. Or at least it isn't sounding that..."

Feb. 28, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Hampton For Judge
Austin Dem lawyer Keith Hampton says he'll run for highest criminal court
"...fray for the first time as a candidate, Austin criminal defense attorney Keith Hampton on Nov. 4 filed paperwork..."

Nov. 10, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Feeling the Heat
A profile of the new Texas ACLU and Executive Director Will Harrell
"...Nineties with virtually no presence at the Legislature, the Texas state office of the American Civil Liberties Union is..."

April 27, 2001 News Feature by Michael Erard

Former DA Anderson Pleads Guilty to Withholding Evidence in Morton Case
Will do a turn in jail and surrender his law license
"...District Attorney Ken Anderson this afternoon pleaded guilty to criminal contempt for withholding exculpatory evidence during his prosecution of..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: A Future Danger?
Texas' death chamber is only heating up
"...19. Jason Clark, director of public information at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, confirmed the date change to..."

Jan. 20, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

If You're White, It's All Right
The colors of justice in Williamson County
"...plea bargains account for more than 90% of all criminal case dispositions. "There is an enormous shift of power..."

Sept. 24, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Lege Lines
The Michael Morton Act, airport screening, business tax cuts, and more
"...It was a week of long-overdue achievements by the Texas Senate. On April 11, the chamber unanimously passed Senate..."

April 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Double Jeopardy
The state of Texas jailed Cuban exile Carlos Lavernia for 16 years for a crime he did not commit. Now the INS might send him back to Cuba.
"...the judicial fast track to a prison cell in Texas. He was branded a serial rapist, suspected of a..."

Feb. 23, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

County Pushes Public Defender Plan Forward
Commissioners Court votes to proceed with indigent defense office – but not everybody's happy about it
"...Daugherty dissenting). If approved, the grant application to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission would, beginning next year, draw down..."

May 10, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Commissioners Court to Decide Next Step in Proposed Public Defender’s Office
May 7 vote scheduled to approve grant proposal to fund new indigent defense office
"...approve and advance a grant proposal to the state-funded Texas Indigent Defense Com­mission that would help underwrite establishing a..."

May 3, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Death and the Unpatriotic Act
Among amendments tacked onto newest version of the PATRIOT Act is a section allowing U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to grant legal fast-track for death-penalty appeals in states that have enacted standards for attorney appointments to indigent death row inmates
"...9, President George W. Bush has offered fans of Texas' death penalty system another chance to expedite the capital..."

March 24, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

In Search of Greater Justice With a Travis County Public Defender’s Office
Taking steps toward a much improved, more equitable local criminal justice system
"...what may be a much improved, more equitable local criminal justice system. After much preparation, consultation, and institutional hemming..."

May 24, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
Convicted for a murder he did not commit, Christopher Ochoa was freed in Austin thanks to the efforts of a project all the way in Wisconsin.
"...additional programs across the country. The Projects provide legal defense to inmates who have persuasive claims that they were..."

Feb. 2, 2001 News Feature by Michael King

Eyewitness ID
Will Senate Bill 117 prevent wrongful convictions?
"...eyewitness ID procedures actually help prevent faulty identifications in criminal cases, or is the proposed law, now awaiting the..."

April 10, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
No Appeal
"...The House Criminal Jurisprudence committee on March 18 considered HB 1734 by..."

March 28, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Hampton Runs for Republican-Dominated Court
Dem candidate has extensive experience with death penalty cases
"...fray for the first time as a candidate, Austin criminal defense attorney Keith Hampton on Nov. 4 filed paperwork..."

Nov. 20, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Social Agenda
"...his HB 246 will address "a clear defect" in Texas law. "Texas law offers no civil cause of action..."

Dec. 13, 2002 News Feature

Diversion Program for Vets Clears Committee
Bill proposes treatment, not jail, for vets who run afoul of the law
"...sideways with the law passed out of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on April 17...."

April 24, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Keel Does McCarthy
"...Terry Keel, R-Austin, chairman of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, offered an excellent impression of Joseph McCarthy at..."

April 18, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Asked Again
Commissioners Court again considers a public defender's office
"...represent indigent defendants, may not sell well to those lawyers on rotation at the courthouse. "Some say having a..."

Jan. 18, 2008 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

How Much Reform Is Enough in the Travis County District Attorney Race?
Incumbent D.A. Margaret Moore faces challengers from the left
"...be able to run on her record as a criminal justice reformer. She could point to her aggressive reorganization..."

Aug. 23, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

A Question of Compassion for Travis County's Family Violence Court
A woman alleged rape. The man she accused went free. Should his attorney run our court?
"...sexual assault case – a witness she believes the defense hired to undermine her rape allegation and attack her..."

June 19, 2020 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Your Choices on the Travis County Judicial Ballot
Breaking down the local races for district courts
"...15 years of experience; she has clerked for the Texas Supreme Court and the 3rd Court of Appeals. If..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Post by Brant Bingamon

Adam Reposa on Ice
Sentenced to six months in jail for direct contempt, city’s DWI king meets stalemate in state courts
"...to await his turn at the state's Court of Criminal Appeals, which to date has failed to hold a..."

Nov. 10, 2017 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

District Court Candidates Announce Dem Primary Candidacies
Here come the judges …
"...clerk and rules attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas and as an intern for the Third Court of..."

June 27, 2019 News Post by Michael King

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