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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

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

Social Justice Advocates Call for Big Moves to Ease the Blow of Coronavirus
The most at risk
"...rights; medical services; child­ care; elder care; law enforcement; courts; and jails...."

March 20, 2020 News Feature by Mary Tuma

A Numbers Game in County Court at Law No. 4
Jeffers campaign promotes inaccurate caseload stats to Chronicle
"...various County Court at Law statistics (for all seven Courts at Law). His transmittal email read: “Dimple [Malhotra] keeps..."

Feb. 21, 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

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

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

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

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

$20 Million State Grant Comes Through for Indigent Defense
Texas Indigent Defense Commission approves four-year grant to create public defender’s office
"...Criminal Courts Presiding Judge Brenda Kennedy said she's cautiously optimistic that..."

Sept. 6, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Behind Enemy Lines at ALEC's Right-Wing Policy Conference
Activists say the American Legislative Exchange Council backs corporate interests over people
"...that those cases are beyond the scope of federal courts. Last year, ALEC drafted a model resolution backing "the..."

Aug. 30, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

District Court Candidates Announce Dem Primary Candidacies
Here come the judges …
"...Civil Courts..."

June 27, 2019 News Post by Michael King

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
A taste of Eighties-style buddy-cop action-comedy hits all the right faces
"...a killer, and deciding whether he should face the courts or gang-style justice. It's a relationship summed up by..."

June 21, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Travis Flats Affordable Housing Complex Breaks Ground
122 apartments soon to be available for low-income residents
"...for the groundbreaking of the new Civil and Family Courts building, financed in part by the sale of the..."

June 7, 2019 News Feature by Lilli Hime

Justice for All
"...and who had their legal cases disposed by the courts during fiscal years 2009-2014. Ultimately, this study, which is..."

May 24, 2019 Postmarks

Texas Anti-Choice Legislation Continues to Damage Health Care and Undermine Local Control
As GOP postures with SB 22, women’s health care pays the price
"...Within walking distance of public housing at Chalmers Courts and Santa Rita Courts as well as Huston-Tillotson Univer­si­ty,..."

May 17, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

A political massacre loses all urgency in this bloodless period piece
"...of the cotton mills, the wild injustice of the courts and the carnage of the massacre itself – but..."

April 19, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Panel Asks, Will Gerrymandering Get Worse Before It Gets Better?
Changing the districting narrative from computers to communities
"...proxy for party – and then to tell the courts that the resulting maps only reflect partisan division, not..."

March 8, 2019 News Post by Michael King

If Beale Street Could Talk
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins adapts Baldwin's tale of love and racism
"...of being a victim of the cops and the courts is heartbreakingly resonant as when Baldwin wrote these characters...."

Dec. 21, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Court: Immigrant Detention Is Child Care
3rd Court of Appeals dismisses suit that challenged "family residential centers" that meet only minimal child welfare standards
"...Now, thanks to the 3rd Court of Appeals, that..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Defunding the Paxton Case
Court guts pay for special prosecutors trying AG for fraud
"...securities fraud has been stalled since December 2017 as courts sorted out the attorney-pay issue. And the CCA's opinion..."

Nov. 30, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

A Peek Into the New Lege's Anti-Choice Plan
It can surely be worse
" Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which required that courts consider the burdens a law imposes on abortion access..."

Nov. 23, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

A New Jail for Travis County?
County moves forward with new women's building despite vote to delay and community outcry
"...lower-level charges, mental illness, and substance abuse; improving the courts' case processing; and not jailing those who can't pay..."

Sept. 7, 2018 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

ACL Fest Late Night Lineup Drops
St. Vincent, the Breeders, and Parquet Courts head the list
"...National (Stubb's, Oct. 11), and the Ellen endorsed Parquet Courts (Mohawk, Oct. 13). Sign up for C3 Concerts' E-List..."

Aug. 21, 2018 Chron Events Post by Mark Fagan

Fetal Burial Trial Concludes
Five-day trial into draconian law yields no indication from judge on eventual ruling
"...Alexander Law­rence told me after the trial that the courts – which have blocked similar laws in Louisiana, Arkansas,..."

July 27, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

CodeNEXT Cliffs Notes
Busy season begins for land use rewrite
" stricken from a city. Heath says that state courts have held that zoning is outside the scope of..."

June 1, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

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