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The Fight
The ACLU heads into battle to protect your constitutional rights
"...of a presidential administration that seeks to override the courts at every turn, hellbent on continuing its exclusionary and..."

July 31, 2020 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Pointing Out Detention Centers "In Plain Sight"
Sky-high art turns eyes to migrant detention and incarceration
"...and 5th, planes will fly above detention centers, immigration courts, and international bridges throughout the United States, scripting messages..."

July 3, 2020 Arts Post by Victoria Rossi

The Common Law
Child custody & COVID-19
"...even if the school is closed. Simply put, Texas courts have ruled that COVID-19 and any associated governmental regulations..."

July 3, 2020 Column by Luke Ellis

Can’t Vote by Mail Now? Perhaps November.
Courts have time – if not the will – to expand VBM before general election
"...Fifth Circuit and therefore, hope remains that the federal courts will restore equal voting rights in time for the..."

June 30, 2020 News Post by Michael King

Amid COVID Surge, City of Austin to Close City Parks, Barton Springs Pool
Officials fear holiday weekend will give virus a transmission boost
"...and recreational facilities – such as golf courses, tennis courts, boat ramps, recreation/cultural centers, museums, the Austin Nature &..."

June 29, 2020 News Post by Kimberley Jones

SCOTUS Protects Abortion Rights, Upholds Texas Precedent
Roberts concurs with majority to strike down Louisiana measure
"...to move the dial back decades by filling the courts with conservative judges and justices. This ploy did not..."

June 29, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

A Dangerous Man
At 18, Billy Joe Wardlow took a man’s life. Nearly 30 years later, the state still wants his.
"...highest criminal court had thrown out the appeal, federal courts further up the line were free to do so..."

June 26, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Showtime's Outcry Unravels the Greg Kelley Case
Everyone thinks they know what happened to the wrongly-accused Leander highschooler, but Pat Kondelis needed to find the whole story
"...entire story as it wound its way through the courts – with the facts changing constantly. The filmmaker said,..."

June 26, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Disturbed and Disappointed
"...protect the public against all forms of victimization, our courts need fair and impartial judges, not judges acting as..."

June 19, 2020 Postmarks

The Role of a Defense Attorney
"...was breaking from the habit amongst local media covering courts to trot out the same old, tired themes: Criminals..."

June 19, 2020 Postmarks

Paxton Renews Threats Against Vote-by-Mail
Attorney General threatens “criminal sanctions” for “illegal” VBM
"...he said that “it is up to the federal courts to step in.” (“Texas Voters Face Malicious Prosecutions After..."

June 15, 2020 News Post by Michael King

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

The Common Law
The stay at home order vs. the right to assembly (protest) and free speech
"...is siding in favor of the First Amendment. Ultimately, courts may be left to determine these tensions. How courts..."

June 5, 2020 Column by Luke Ellis

Voting By Mail? The Decision Is Yours.
Texas Supreme Court rejects Paxton writ of mandamus, leaves VBM to voter
"...to COVID-19," as had been entertained in the lower courts – but left to the voter to determine if..."

June 5, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

A Month After Mike Ramos Died, Some Hesitant Steps Toward Accountability
Justice comes slowly
"...police violence and their families often turn to civil courts for restitution. Because lethal force policies give leeway to..."

June 5, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin Reopens Some Public Services and Private Businesses
Here's what you need to know before you head out
"...events, such as bars, water parks, and mall food courts, allowed by the governor to reopen...."

May 30, 2020 News Post by Clara Ence Morse

Texas Supreme Court Issues Ambiguous Decision on Vote-By-Mail
Rules COVID-19 risk not a “disability" – leaves VBM decision to voters
"...matter; separate lawsuits are pending in state and federal courts, and most observers believe the dispute will eventually rise..."

May 28, 2020 News Post by Michael King

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re playing
"...the album sails on the singer's siren song, which courts Lynchian mystery on lead-off roofie "Behold" ("I like suspense,..."

May 29, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Phase Two of reopenings, including water parks, mall food courts, driver education programs, and adult rec sport leagues...."

May 29, 2020 News Feature

Council Recap: Strategies for Keeping Austin Workers Safe
City Council tackles reopenings, relief funds, and more
"...The freeze on eviction proceedings established by Travis County courts is set to be lifted on June 1, and..."

May 22, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Public Notice: Voting, Any Way You Want
Voting by mail ... or with your pocketbook, just for fun
"...Democratic Party says yes, Ken Paxton says no, two courts said yes, another said no, and now another has..."

May 22, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Texas Attorney General Asks State Supreme Court to Stop Expansion of Voting by Mail
After his threats fail, Ken Paxton heads to court
"...new filing, Paxton is attempting to leapfrog the lower courts and evoke a Supreme Court ruling that would obstruct..."

May 14, 2020 News Post by Michael King

Savilino Pivots From Restaurant Gear to Tailored Face Masks
Meet the man behind the masks
"...1-2 days.] They have partnered with the Austin Municipal Courts and Front Steps to donate over 2,800 masks for..."

May 15, 2020 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

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

The 23 Words That Changed the Way Texas Sells Alcohol (or Not)
Say what, Governor?
"...avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts...; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or..."

May 8, 2020 Food Feature by Kareem Hajjar

Paxton Threatens Election Officials With Prosecution [UPDATE]
AG says he'll prosecute those who advise mail ballots to avoid COVID-19
"...times previously. We are waiting to hear from the courts."..."

May 4, 2020 News Post by Michael King

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

Will Vote-by-Mail Happen by July?
Legal battle clouds election planning timeline
"...Attorney General Ken Paxton says he’ll appeal. Will the courts provide a resolution by May?..."

April 23, 2020 News Post by Michael King

Judge Sulak Issues Vote-by-Mail Injunction
Enables mail ballots for all voters to vote by mail
"...via the "wheel" judicial assignments in Travis County District Courts...."

April 17, 2020 News Post by Michael King

Slay the Dragon
Hard-hitting political documentary shows the menace of gerrymandering is coming back
"...is that what you need is to pack the courts (see Bush v. Gore) and then reshape every legislative..."

April 17, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

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