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Supremes Agree Texas Inmate Should Have Appeal Heard
Extends 2012 ruling on ineffective assistance of counsel
"...of Criminal Appeals and the federal district and appeals courts previously ruled that Trevino forfeited that claim by not..."

May 29, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Smart Enough to Die
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.
"...during his previous stays in the pen. Nonetheless, the courts have repeatedly determined that Chester has not proven he..."

April 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Cave Murder: Court Grants Review
Pitonyak to argue that state withheld favorable evidence
"...date been rejected by both state and federal district courts. At issue is whether Travis County prosecutors withheld statements..."

March 20, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Welcome to the Madhouse
The Keller day care fiasco and the madness of crowds
"...mistakes, and even in matters of actual innocence, the courts are extremely slow to act upon error, often preferring..."

Jan. 18, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Two More in Line for Death Penalty
These two men were both 19 when they were sentenced to death
"...Hines' execution should, once again, be stayed while the courts consider whether his lawyers have done enough to save..."

Oct. 19, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Mexican President Says Texas Court Ruling Discriminates Against Poor Defendants
Nieto asks U.S. Supremes to review notorious Austin case
"...evidence is required "reinforces" a split among the federal courts as to what level of evidence is needed, he..."

Aug. 29, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

A 3-D Race for the Bench
Three Dems vying for high-profile felony court
"...program run through the 167th court. Diver­sion and specialty courts (such as drug court and domestic violence court) help..."

Feb. 24, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Doggett, Travis Returned to Normalcy
New congressional map gives Travis a three-way split, which is a lot better than five
"...one another's throats in vicious primary fights. Now federal courts have overturned all three maps, ending a political conflict..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Feds Toss Out Election Maps
Three judge panel stick sword in heart of the Gerrymander
"...tried to game the system by going through the courts rather than the Department of Justice. Yet even the..."

Nov. 8, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

D.A. Race: Lehmberg vs. (Almost) Baird
Lehmberg announces re-election bid while Baird explores a run
"...just the individuals that are being processed through the courts."..."

July 22, 2011 News Feature by Michael King

Sparks Grills Lawyers in Ultrasound Case
Court to rule on injunction before new law takes effect
"...abortion – which has been the basis on which courts have invalidated some laws seeking to more strictly regulate..."

July 15, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Is Texas Breaking the Law?
State poised to execute another Mexican national
"...case, and then-President George W. Bush asked the Texas courts to take heed of the court's ruling. The Texas..."

June 8, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Penalty Off the Hook
Preemptive strike against wrongful conviction fails in murder trial prehearing
"...of anything. He is asking Texas trial and appellate courts to entertain a purely hypothetical claim and make an..."

Jan. 21, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

New Courthouse for Travis County?
Commissioners to discuss possible downtown land purchase
"...is 40% over its original capacity. For the civil courts alone (not counting probate court or the clerks offices),..."

Dec. 13, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Tone Deaf
Deaf Austinites say police can't seem to listen to reason
"...onto the defense appointment list for Travis County's misdemeanor courts, in large part because of her ability to communicate..."

Dec. 3, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

331st Court: Who Should Follow Judge Perkins?
A two-man race
"...the criminal justice system. For years, he says, the courts were not "being fair to people with mental illness..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Junk Science Conundrum
Legislators ponder how to keep questionable forensics out of the courtroom
"...he saw merit in amending Texas' rules to require courts to determine whether a particular science – anything from..."

Jan. 22, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Treatment or Jail
Often rehab is the only way out of a jail sentence – even if you don't have a drug problem
"...rehab for marijuana issues were sent there by the courts – this is often the only way for a..."

Nov. 3, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Caging Children
A new study from the LBJ School suggests that it's a bad idea
"...a policy – they can be tried in adult courts and imprisoned in facilities designed for adults. A groundbreaking..."

Aug. 28, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Notion of Rights Includes Obligations
"...to own property rests on a structure of police, courts, laws, and a punishment regime. Without these, one is..."

Aug. 4, 2009 Postmarks

Gun Crazy!
Barack Obama may not be coming to get your weapons – but he's sure doing wonders for gun & ammo sales
"...further regulation would almost certainly end up in the courts. "To some extent, the law is what the courts..."

May 22, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Choosing Life!
Texas lawmakers debate Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, and Pro-Adoption license plates
"...seems likely that the issue would move to the courts, if -- but, more likely, when -- the Life..."

May 6, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

APD Blood-Draw Plan Needles Opponents
APD moving full speed ahead on plan to draw blood from people suspected of driving while drunk
"...Bill Hines, a former Travis Co. prosecutor, says the courts so far have ruled that police blood-draw initiatives, such..."

Dec. 19, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Common Law
Noncompete Agreements
"...made" – a highly technical legal issue that Texas courts have struggled with for many years...."

July 25, 2008 Column by Chris Oddo

David Van Os on Single-Member Districts
Texas attorney on the history of the "gentlemen’s agreement"
"...litigated back and forth between the trial and appellate courts for the next 5 years. There were also at..."

Feb. 28, 2008 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Mercenary and the Law
U.S. courts face a new dilemma over Iraq.
"...private security firm is being sued in the U.S. courts for potentially criminal activity in Iraq. The difference? The..."

Oct. 31, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Death Row Inmates' Sentences Overturned
Supremes overturn death sentences of three Texas inmates, sending them back to state courts and calling into question the death sentences of dozens of other inmates
"...Texas death row inmates, sending them back to state courts and calling into question the death sentences of dozens..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

WilCo 'Snit' Writ Large
Fight over whether county commissioners violated the law when they slashed Precinct 1 Constable Gary Griffin's budget moves to 3rd Court of Appeals
"...this ongoing residual effect that this and other commissioners' courts can take such action without risking appellate review."..."

Nov. 17, 2006 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
"...Judge – and 10 years experience practicing before the courts in both criminal and civil cases. We believe that..."

Nov. 3, 2006 News Feature

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
"...Judge – and 10 years experience practicing before the courts in both criminal and civil cases. We believe that..."

Oct. 27, 2006 News Feature

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