Digital rights advocates cheered yesterday after the state House passed a measure requiring police to obtain a search warrant before collecting personal cell phone data. Groups as diverse as the ACLU of Texas and the arch-conservative Texas Eagle Forum have expressed concern that current law, which ... More >>
The Wire, David Simon's epic examination of power, corruption and narcotics in a major American city, was not set in Texas. It couldn't have been. Not because cities here don't have those things (they do) but because local police departments aren't allowed to go around wiretapping drug dealers.
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Publicly shaming convicted sex offenders is nothing new. Relatively few people object to their names and photos being plastered on the Internet as a scarlet letter tattooed to their foreheads for all to see. There's a plausible argument to be made that this helps promote public safety by alerting ne ... More >>
Sometimes, through a lack of foresight or general carelessness, the state legislature passes laws that, while well-intentioned, are so poorly worded as to criminalize things that the criminal justice system probably shouldn't concern itself. (See: felony penny theft).
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In Austin yesterday, state lawmakers were joined by Texans whose family members were killed in texting-related car accidents for an emotional press conference in support of a texting-while-driving ban proposed by Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo.
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View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com.Surely you didn't think you'd heard the last about the homeless sleeping in Main Street Garden ...A few weeks after council member Angela Hunt tweeted about the "bums" in the downtown park, KXAS-Channel 5 sent its cameras to see what was what during the pre-da ... More >>
Flickr user: Marcia CirilloFrom '06, some of Tony Bones's work on the Kelly-Moore Paint Co. building on Garland RoadOK, so Oak Cliff lawyer John Barr doesn't want to be called the graffiti czar. Fine. Not the point. This is: Scott Henson, who serves Grits for Breakfast, penned an item this mornin ... More >>
A couple of weeks back, Nicole Porter at Texas Prison Bid'ness took note of the state's impending budget shortfall and concluded that, more than likely, it'll result in the closing of some private prisons and jails. Sure, but which ones? Well, writes our old pal Scott Henson today over at Grits f ... More >>
Brian HarkinDallas County District Attorney Craig WatkinsIt's always a good idea 'round this time of the year to make a list of accomplishments, if only to figure out what you need to get done in the coming year. So happens, of course, that Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins needs to g ... More >>
Shanda PerkinsLongtime friend of the show Scott Henson sends word: We need to be on the lookout for news out of the state Senate Nominating Committee confab today, as Burleson vibrator-hater Shanda Perkins has her Board of Pardons and Paroles confirmation hearing scheduled for 1 p.m.-ish. Surely you ... More >>