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Your Choices on the Travis County Judicial Ballot
Breaking down the local races for district courts
"...U.S. State Department and the National Center for State Courts, among others. 460th Criminal District Court..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Post by Brant Bingamon

Chronicle Endorsements for the March 3 Primary Election
From local judges and representatives to the presidential candidate, here are our recommendations
"...presides over all the Travis County civil and family courts (and her primary opponent is a vainglorious party-jumper); litigator..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Feature

Point Austin: About That D.A. Race ...
Point Austin dissents from the Chronicle Editorial Board’s view of the incumbent
"...relentlessly shovel onto law enforcement, prosecutors, criminal defense, and courts will continue to resist quick and easy solutions. But..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Column by Michael King

Will New Policy Reduce the Burden of Cash Bail?
In principle, the order authorizes those accused of most nonviolent offenses to be released on personal bonds
"...the seven judges of the Travis County misdemeanor criminal courts issued a "Standing Order" to officially expand the use..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

Travis Judges Loosen Misdemeanor Bond Requirements
Judges issue "Standing Order" to expand use of personal bonds
"...the seven judges of the Travis County misdemeanor criminal courts issued a “Standing Order” to officially expand the use..."

Feb. 7, 2020 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
"...enforcement requires extensive collaboration among several different agencies – courts, police, prosecutors (felony and misdemeanor), and Commissioners Court –..."

Feb. 7, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

When Did the Single-Family Home Go From Being the American Dream to an Urbanist Nightmare?
One policy wonk's view of how we got here
"...Strategic Housing Blueprint defines "missing middle" as including "bungalow courts, side by side duplexes, stacked duplexes, triplex, fourplex, live/work..."

Feb. 7, 2020 News Feature by Daryl Slusher

Point Austin: Top Down, Bottom Up
In a year of crucial elections, we need to be prepared
"...races for 3rd Court of Appeals and several district courts are also hotly contested...."

Jan. 31, 2020 News Column by Michael King

Election Ticker: From the Council Dais to Round Rock
Endorsements are rolling in for March 2020 Primary
"...has "successfully prosecuted more sexual assault cases than the courts have seen in years." In his shout-out, Austin NAACP..."

Jan. 24, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

Faster Than Sound: Renovated Beerland Opens, Dozen Street on Its Way Out
Rounding up 2020 venue news plus all things Hi, How Are You Day
"...was empty, with both ESPN on TV and Parquet Courts' "Berlin Got Blurry" over the PA...."

Jan. 17, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Ken Paxton Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Historic Whole Woman’s Ruling
Cruz, Cornyn join anti-choice attorney general in call for repeal
"...Paxton claims the Whole Wom­an's ruling has thrown lower courts into "chaos and frustration," heavily leaning his argument on..."

Jan. 10, 2020 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Death Watch: Can "Abandonment Rage" Spare Death Row Inmate's Life?
SCOTUS considers what could be Texas' first execution of 2020
"...give him life without parole. Various state and federal courts have rejected the appeals, most recently in June, when..."

Jan. 10, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Austin at Large: Take It From a Ninja ...
You know, you could just not say anything. Try that.
"...Let's say the courts rule that individual property owners will have the same..."

Jan. 10, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Point Austin: Happy New Year?!?
Looking forward ... 2020 could go either way
"...they continue to game the system – packing the courts, suppressing opposing votes – it might be sufficient to..."

Jan. 3, 2020 News Column by Michael King

2019's Big Stories Shaping Austin's Path Into a New Decade
Never a slow news day
"...guaranteed paid sick leave (still, sadly, blocked by the courts), fair-chance hiring, and LGBTQ nondiscrimination. But the relief at..."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

Supreme Court Decision Validates Local Strategies to Decriminalize Homelessness
SCOTUS passes on camping bans
"...Attorney General Ken Paxton – sought permission from federal courts to enforce laws preventing people from camping in public...."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Qmmunity: The Queer Stories That Made 2019
Looking back, enjoying gelato, and the return of Middle School Dance Party
"...the ban are still being litigated in federal district courts – knowing that one of Austin's LGBTQ community members..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

2019 Sees Decline in Texas Executions
Still, concerns of the fairness and accuracy of the state's death penalty system remain
"...of those received stays from either state or federal courts. (Three, the report notes, received multiple reprieves: Dexter John­son,..."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

City Hall Ready for Liftoff on New Land Use Rules
It's as easy as flood protection, affordability, parking, transition zones ...
"...more missing middle development – townhomes, cottages and garden courts, and other "gently" dense structures. Building on that is..."

Dec. 13, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Defense Bar Faults Court-at-Law 4 on Backlog, Impartiality
Interim judge of family violence court responds to questions
"...Denton rejects that notion and any suggestion that the courts return to “the bad old days” before the reforms...."

Dec. 4, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Dark Waters
Todd Haynes' courtroom drama is a true-life environmental horror
"...decades-long crusade. The EPA has been defanged, and the courts are increasingly packed with business cronies. The system seems..."

Nov. 29, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Rodney Reed Gets Execution Stay, New Hearing
New witnesses, debunked forensic evidence, and DNA testing to be considered in 2020
"...of the Innocence Project, who filed motions in multiple courts in recent weeks before the stay, presenting testimony from..."

Nov. 22, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

A Helluva Drug
"...the campaign to protect and preserve Austin’s historic Rosewood Courts public housing project. There are few historic properties in..."

Nov. 17, 2019 Postmarks

As Millions Demand Justice, Texas Prepares to Take Rodney Reed's Life
Looking back at a long road of injustice for the death row inmate
"...Benjet was baffled by the courts' rejection. "We really just decided we need to take..."

Nov. 15, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Death Watch: Lawmakers Ask for Rodney Reed Reprieve
Texas House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus joins celebrities, activists asking to stay the Nov. 20 execution
"...which Reed's attorneys have been trying to get Texas courts to do for years. The same day, activist Shaun..."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Austin Film Festival Review: DC Noir
George Pelecanos gives us glimpses of Washington crime and life
"...houses, the late night liquor stores and neighborhood baseball courts. Yet what has always defined Pelecanos isn't geography, but..."

Nov. 4, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Luv Doc: Fast and Furious
Tornadoes are a dime a dozen in Oklahoma
"...In the words of comedienne Rita Rudner, "I don't..."

Oct. 25, 2019 Column by The Luv Doc

19 Years On, Anti-Death Penalty March Sees Progress
Yet time is running out for Ruben Gutierrez, Rodney Reed
"...has fought for this testing for years, but the courts have never allowed it. Now, Cameron County District Attorney..."

Oct. 25, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Ken Paxton Blocks Payment to Formerly Incarcerated Man Declared Innocent
Declared innocent, Alfred Dewayne Brown has appealed for compensation due to unjust imprisonment
"...years in prison for a murder that prosecutors and courts have since agreed he did not commit. When Texas..."

Oct. 18, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Death Watch: Is Randall Mays "Competent" to Die?
Trial court stays execution to consider if he's mentally unfit, again
"...Texas courts have spent years concluding that Randall Mays is "competent"..."

Oct. 11, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

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