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In Texas Courtrooms, a Fair Legal Defense is Often an Empty Promise
"...CCA, on the inarguable logic that while the civil courts over which he presides generally bulge with deep-pocketed plaintiffs..."

Feb. 9, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Advocates Call on City, County to Protect Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Outbreak
Education, health, housing, justice addressed by list of demands
"...disability rights, medical services, childcare, elder care, law enforcement, courts, and jails. (The complete list of demands is included..."

March 16, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

Life in Prison for Hemp
José Peña brought some roadside weeds home from Kansas. Cops decided it was reefer, and a Texas court sentenced him to life in prison – without the evidence. It took a decade for Peña to get back some of the pieces of his life.
"...connected with the work of those labs, demands that courts exercise caution when analyzing lost or destroyed evidence," the..."

March 16, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: The Victory of Tom DeLay
With redistricting ruling, SCOTUS says it’s OK to cheat to win
"...particular. Indeed, as these cases approached SCOTUS, the lower courts ruled that the partisan gerrymanders they reflected had gone..."

July 5, 2019 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...justice system as a whole." – Jordan Smith Specialty Courts Proponents Honored..."

April 23, 2010 News Feature

Those Who Are About to Die
Your Texas death machine gets rolling again
"...of the Convention as a claim on appeal, the courts rejected his argument. In 2001, the Texas Court of..."

Aug. 1, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

All Aboard for the Death Penalty Express
Republicans aim to kill federal appeals law
"...the growing number of exonerations nationwide – leaving state courts of appeal as the final arbiters of justice...."

Aug. 12, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Game, Set ... Match?: Tennis Battle Rages
Galindo neighbors want South Austin Park kept as open space
"...to cut in half the number of new tennis courts proposed by the Parks and Recreation Department for construction..."

May 20, 2005 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Day Trips
"...Rainbow Courts Motel in Rockdale began with America's love with the..."

May 16, 2003 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Battle for the 403rd
The race for the 403rd District Criminal Court heats up.
"...and as a chief prosecutor of two local district courts. He has also served as assistant general counsel for..."

Oct. 25, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Will Vote-by-Mail Happen by July Elections?
State, local officials at odds over how people qualify
"...Texas, and it has become clear that the federal courts will have to ensure basic constitutional protections for the..."

May 1, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

How to Jail the Poor
Travis County tries to fix its Driving While License Invalid issue
"...10,714 people. And in Dallas County, population 2.61 million, courts got only 951, one of 2,744...."

Sept. 21, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Anti-Sharia Bill Dead, but Sentiment Alive
HB 562 unlikely to make it out of the House, but the Islamophobia behind it is here to stay
"...U.S. is voluntary, and participants can turn to U.S. courts if they're not satisfied with the religious tribunal's legal..."

May 22, 2015 News Feature by Dina Samir Shehata

The Common Law: Can a Friend Officiate the Wedding?
Marriage through the eyes of Texas
"...ceremonies, including a justice of the Supreme Court or courts of appeals; federal or magistrate judge (located in Texas);..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Column by Luke Ellis

Death Watch: Texecutioners vs. the World
Capital case raises questions of international consular rights
"...and that the state has endeavored to have federal courts review the merits of any claim that a failure..."

Jan. 17, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Letters at 3AM: The Patriot Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden is the American equivalent of the man who stood in front of that tank in Tiananmen Square
"...strict supervision." He often cites what he calls "the courts." NSA Director Alexander assured the Senate Appropriations Committee that..."

June 28, 2013 Column by Michael Ventura

Death Watch: New Appeal Argues Ineffective Defense
New appeal argues Williams' mental impairment
"...In order to prove mental disability to avoid execution, courts look to three factors: low IQ, low adaptive functioning,..."

May 10, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

A Quarrel With the Status Quo
Charlie Baird on criminal justice, equity, and the Travis County D.A.
"...can tell you ... you can go in those courts .... I think Judge Sage told me she'd tried..."

Jan. 20, 2012 News Feature

Innovative Justice: Lipscombe vs. Seelig
Both candidates push alternatives to incarceration
"...The six Travis County Criminal Courts at Law handle an enormous number of misdemeanor cases..."

Feb. 12, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Honorable Charlie Baird
Judge Charlie Baird is ruffling official feathers at the Travis County Courthouse
"...defense attorneys," said attorney Travis Williamson. "In most other courts, you've got a third prosecutor" on the bench. Several..."

May 30, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Common Law
Can our friend perform the wedding ceremony?
"...ceremonies, including a justice of the Supreme Court or courts of appeals; federal or magistrate judge (located in Texas);..."

Sept. 7, 2007 Column by Luke Ellis

Nichols Execution: Another Texas death row travesty
Prosecutorial misconduct includes hiding crucial witness
"...properly – that a quarter-century behind bars means the courts have had ample opportunity to review his appeals and..."

March 2, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

3rd Court: Experience Counts
But what kind of experience? The D's and R's differ.
"...Hays, and Caldwell. But unlike the other 13 appellate courts, the 3rd Court also considers disputes regarding state government,..."

Oct. 22, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
"...or five years ago, when CATA leaders realized city courts couldn't handle Austin's growing tennis-playing population. Furthermore, running a..."

Oct. 26, 2001 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Signs of Other Times
A photographic guide to some of the markers that still point to parts of Austin that have disappeared.
"...is a memorial scrawled in the cement: "R.I.P. CACTUS COURTS '84," with a small tombstone drawn beside it. A..."

Jan. 26, 2001 News Feature

Work for Hire
The RIAA amends a copyright law that labels "sound recordings" as "work for hire" thus robbing most musicians of right to their masters.
"...Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., who sits on the House Courts & Intellectual Property Subcommittee and was one of 31..."

Aug. 25, 2000 Music Feature by Michael Bertin

Post Marks
Muddying the Waters
"...such as phone logs and travel records of the courts should be public. The Court lashed out in its..."

Nov. 7, 1997 Column

Post Marks
Park and Ride
"...such as phone logs and travel records of the courts should be public. The Court lashed out in its..."

Oct. 31, 1997 Column

How Are We Going to Vote?
While the U.S. moves toward voting by mail, Texas digs in its heels
"...Texas voters, by court orders subsequently stayed by higher courts following appeals by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. It's..."

June 12, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

Travis County Clerk Lays Out Her July Election Plan
Despite threats by AG Ken Paxton, Dana DeBeauvoir expects a "hybrid" July election
"...condition" is a pending question in state and federal courts. On April 17, state District Judge Tim Sulak ruled..."

May 8, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

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