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On Death Row: Texas' 'Law of Parties'
Kenneth Foster's capital case highlights arbitrary state law
"...The Texas "law of parties" is back in the death row..."

July 6, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Executing Texas' Law of Parties
Jeff Wood never killed anybody; Robert Pruett may not have either. Why does the state want to put them both to death?
"...It's been a slow summer in Texas' death chamber, with executions stayed left and right, state..."

Aug. 12, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Death Watch: “Texas Seven” Member Contests “Law of Parties”
A robbery ended in a police officer death while Patrick Murphy waited outside. Current Texas law holds him responsible.
"...Editor’s Note: After this story went to press, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Patrick Murphy’s request to..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

The Common Law
I bounced a check, and now the store is threatening to press criminal charges against me if I don't pay the amount I owe within 48 hours. Can they really do that?
"...Under the Texas Penal Code, a person commits an offense if he..."

Jan. 23, 2004 Column by Luke Ellis

The Common Law
Preparing a will under Texas law
"...What does a person need to do in Texas to make a will? Can they write their own..."

April 29, 2005 Column by Luke Ellis

SCOTUS Protects Abortion Rights, Upholds Texas Precedent
Roberts concurs with majority to strike down Louisiana measure
"...U.S. Supreme Court struck down a burdensome Louisiana abortion law this morning, a major victory for reproductive rights amid..."

June 29, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Anti-Abortion Law HB 2
In a 5-3 ruling, SCOTUS says HB 2 creates an undue burden for women
"...Supreme Court has struck down two key parts of Texas’ draconian omnibus law, House Bill 2...."

June 27, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

The Common Law
Common law divorce?
"...I am in a common law marriage, but we are having major problems and I..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Column by Luke Ellis

The Common Law
Effects of common-law marriage in Texas
"...How can a couple validate a common-law marriage so that it is legally recognized?..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Column by Luke Ellis

The Common Law
Common-law marriage in Texas
"...last three years. Does that mean that we are common-law married?..."

Oct. 15, 2004 Column by Luke Ellis

Federal Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law
New Texas Voter ID law undermines minority votes
"...District of Columbia ruled that the new state of Texas Voter ID law – which would require all potential..."

Aug. 30, 2012 News Post by Michael King

The Common Law
Law can be cool – Attend 'Explore UT' at the Law School
"...Anyone interested in the law should think about attending Explore UT this Saturday on..."

March 3, 2006 Column by Luke Ellis

Supreme Court Weighs in on Fetal Burial Law
Indiana law upheld, Texas suit to move ahead
"...the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on an Indiana law that forces women to bury or cremate their fetuses..."

June 14, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

In Pre-emptive Attack, Texas Files Suit Against Austin Over "Sanctuary Cities"
Paxton asks federal court to find anti-immigrant law constitutional
"...that would punish so-called “sanctuary cities,” the state of Texas has stoked a legal battle against Travis County and..."

May 8, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

Federal Judge Legalizes Texas Vote-by-Mail
Broad ruling says all Texas voters can request mail ballots
"...of the legal donnybrook over voting by mail in Texas, the arena has shifted to federal court. U.S. District..."

May 22, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

The Common Law
Directive to physicians and family (living wills)
"...What exactly is a living will? Does Texas law recognize living wills?..."

Nov. 26, 2004 Column by Luke Ellis

Bill Banning Law Enforcement From Contracting With Reality Television Clears Texas House
“Policing is not entertainment.”
"...Talarico, D-Round Rock, is shepherding a bill through the Texas Legislature to ban state and local law enforcement from..."

April 23, 2021 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Texas Attorney General Asks State Supreme Court to Stop Expansion of Voting by Mail
After his threats fail, Ken Paxton heads to court
"...Frustrated by the failure of his threats of prosecution, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the state Supreme Court..."

May 14, 2020 News Post by Michael King

Texas Seven” Escapee Set for Execution
Inmate challenges original conviction, post-escape "law of parties" verdict
"...for his role in the biggest prison escape in Texas history. For that crime and a murder that followed,..."

Nov. 30, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Ban
A preliminary injunction hearing is set for Sept. 14
"...Yeakel has placed a short-term halt on an upcoming Texas law that would have banned women from accessing dilation..."

Aug. 31, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

The Common Law
Can I cancel an order and get my money back because the item is taking so long to get here?
"...According to federal law, a mail-order company is required to send you the..."

Dec. 26, 2003 Column by Luke Ellis

The Common Law
My daughter just turned 14 over the summer, and she keeps talking about getting a job. I thought you had to be at least 16 before you could work legally. Can she really work at only 14?
"...Yes. Federal and Texas law allows 14- and 15-year-olds to be legally employed...."

Oct. 24, 2003 Column by Luke Ellis

Texas House Advances Anti-Choice Package Bill
SB 8 bans safest type of second trimester abortion
"...concerns and exceptions for survivors of sexual assault, the Texas House tentatively passed a package anti-choice bill that would..."

May 19, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

Lawsuit Challenges New Ultrasound-Before-Abortion Law
CRR files suit in Texas
"...federal court in Austin, challenging the newly-codified mandatory ultrasound-before-abortion law...."

June 13, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

The Common Law
Dog law – dogs can't be 'trusted'
"...No. Texas law does not permit you to leave money directly..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Column by Luke Ellis

Voting by Mail in Texas: Where Things Stand
The law, and the lawsuits
"...The Law: Election Code, Title 7, Sec. 82.002. DISABILITY. (a) A..."

June 12, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

The Common Law
Texas Homestead Exemption – Does It Apply to Me?
"...As last week's "Common Law" column discussed, the Texas Homestead Exemption is designed to..."

Jan. 25, 2008 Column by Luke Ellis

The Common Law
Boating while intoxicated
"...Does the DWI law for driving apply to individuals while boating? Can I..."

June 24, 2005 Column by Nicole Clark

The Common Law
Revoking a will under Texas law
"...How do you revoke a will in Texas?..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Column by Carl Barry

MPP: Ready to Roll on Pot in Texas
The Marijuana Policy Project is rolling out a Texas legalization campaign
"...pot decriminalization, touched off a flurry of pot-talk in Texas. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was asked about pot..."

Feb. 28, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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