Greg Abbott's acting strangely. It wasn't even two weeks ago that the Attorney General seemed to have given up his day job suing the Obama administration and just started trolling liberals full-time. But then, in a turn that was completely unexpected, Abbott was seized by an bout of reasonableness ... More >>
It was a question the legal system had never faced before: If the state pays a man millions of dollars for locking him up for a crime he didn't commit, does the wife he left behind get a piece of that? There was no need for an answer before the passage of the Tim Cole Act in 2009, which awards the w ... More >>
On the trail for justice with Texas' exonerees.
In the spirit of this week's cover on the exoneree compensation scheme and the attorneys who've profited handsomely from it, we submit the case of Billy Frederick Allen -- a man incarcerated for nearly 26 years for two apparently drug-related University Park murders. In February 2009, the Cou ... More >>
The Lubbock lawyer teamed up with Innocent Project lawyer Jeff Blackburn to see the state compensation for exonerees raised. Now both men are under fire from their clients.
Late last night, the Startlegram's Bud Kennedy took to Facebook to pass along state Sen. Wendy Davis's heads-up that she was about to begin her filibuster intended to shut down (which is to say, temporarily delay) the vote that would have gutted public education. Said the Fort Worth Democrat and ... More >>
Two weeks after the city council expanded Dallas's smoking ordinance, state lawmakers are, yet again, looking to make all of Texas's indoor businesses smoke-free. At least, those are the smoke signals being sent by state Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston and state Rep. Myra Crownover of Denton, who yeste ... More >>
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins wants to address "the bigger picture" concerning wrongful convictions. One month ago, hundreds of law-enforcement officials from around the state gathered under the dome in Texas’s Senate chamber at the behest of Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston. They came ... More >>
Dallas County District Attorney's Office James Lee Woodard, who served 27 years in prison before his release today In the wake of today's release of James Lee Woodard, yet another Dallas County prisoner exonerated by DNA evidence, State Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston revealed plans for a day-long ... More >>
The exonerations just keep on coming
Dallas judges struggle to find a fair way to appoint lawyers for the poor
In the he-said, she-said world of child visitation disputes, dads like Doug Watkins say fathers have no rights
Mentally ill Texans used to go to hospitals. Now, increasing numbers of them go to prison instead.
Texas judges rally to save a bit of patronage