It's impossible to overstate the heinousness of the crimes Eric Lyle Williams is accused of. Prosecutors say the 45-year-old carried out a cold-blooded hit on Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse as he walked through a courthouse parking lot one morning last January. Two months la ... More >>
In infomercials, attorney Tom Corea seemed to have a passion for the legal system. But sitting in the back of a police car, he was more candid. Justice, he told the police officers, is "a scam." Dark words coming from a Dallas attorney known for advertising his "zealous advocacy and personal conne ... More >>
The probate court of the Old Criminal Court Building was a little disjointed on Friday. The judge, lawyers and witnesses were all dressed in 60s garb -- skinny ties, strings of pearls, a pillbox hat or two -- while back in the gallery the standing room-only audience was snapping pictures on their sm ... More >>
Dallas mossbacks still think they can silence debate at the JFK anniversary.
Jim Moore was, for a time, the frontrunner in the race to succeed Tom Leppert as Dallas mayor, if only because he declared his candidacy long before anyone else. His star shone only briefly, however, as the criminal defense attorney pulled out of the race three months before the actual election and ... More >>
Even as the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) tries to deflect media attention from its shiny, shiny Museum Tower project, Courthouse News reports that it's also fighting to avoid releasing information on a different luxury developer, one that it wholly owns. The pension system filed ... More >>
On the trail for justice with Texas' exonerees.
Lubbock personal injury attorney Kevin Glasheen, who represented a number of Dallas exonerees and successfully lobbied the state legislature to more than triple the amount paid for each year spent wrongfully imprisoned, was found innocent Thursday of professional misconduct charges brought by the St ... More >>
On Christmas, The Dallas Morning News gifted Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins with a big fat lump of coal in article form, detailing a lawsuit filed against him by Citibank that alleges he owes more than $15,000 on his credit card plus interest. The article, supplemented this mo ... More >>
Danny FulgencioSteven PhillipsA lawsuit filed by three Dallas exonerees against their high-powered personal injury lawyer has finally come to an end after more than two testy years. The dispute was over fees charged for more than tripling state compensation for the wrongfully imprisoned. A ... More >>
Kevin GlasheenLast Friday, in Judge Ken Molberg's courtroom, attorneys representing Steven Phillips and Kevin Glasheen argued over money, which is what attorneys often do when they clash in courtrooms. At stake: around $1 million, which Glasheen says he's owed by Phillips per an agreement they ma ... More >>
Investors say a former Dallas judge is the face of a multimillion-dollar investment scheme. But investors and investigators are catching on.
Harvey Birdman's more of an attorney than Hao Liu.Hao Liu is not an attorney. He's never been an attorney, nor a member of the State Bar of Texas. He's also not in law school. Never has been to law school. Hard to say what he does -- except, that is, tie up Dallas courts with frivolous lawsuits.U ... More >>
Phillip David Wainscott, who's been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1995, says Dallas County is interfering with his ability to make a living -- and by Dallas County, he really means Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price in his position as a member of the county's Bail Bond Board, ... More >>
Plus, if you want to bequeath your savings to Sparky she'll help you set up a pet trust
When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas
More news this morning from KTVT-Channel 11. A day after the newsroom there learned that ace reporter-anchor Sarah Dodd had departed 12 days earlier comes word that Ginger Allen has been named the full-time co-anchor of CBS 11 News This Morning -- alongside Scott Sams, lucky girl. Allen, of course, ... More >>
We took this off Sam Coats' Web site, because, damn it, it just makes us giggle. Just don't let Dr. Seuss' people see this. Well, it's time, once again, for your end-of-the-week rankings of the top eight mayoral candidates. Usually when I do this I make it clear there is a very distinct chance I don ... More >>
We're not saying Matt Pulle has a man-crush on Sam Coats. We would never say it. Not outloud. Nope. Welcome to the second installment of Unfair Park's weekly round-up of the top eight mayoral candidates. We shuffled part of the list around a little bit, not so much because anything interesting happe ... More >>
Bill Holston, a law-practicing Friend of Unfair Park, has this to say regarding The American Lawyer's pro bono survey indicating Dallas lawyers need to play some serious catch-up: "The Dallas Bar donates millions of dollars of free legal services to the poor each year. I and many others are member ... More >>
So, lemme get this straight. In today's Dallas Morning News, Metro columnist Jacquielynn Floyd says the folks living in the Bent Creek Apartments at Forest Lane and Audelia Road have no right to be upset about being raided on March 13 by police officers who banged on doors and scoured bathrooms, kit ... More >>
On Thursday, Jim Schutze broke the news that the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate Assistant Dallas City Attorney Jennifer Richie, who's been going after, among others, car wash owner Dale Da ... More >>
State Rep. Terry Keel's office confirms that the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, which he heads, and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee have asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate actions by assistant Dallas City Attorney Jennifer Richie. She's the city lawyer who was goi ... More >>
It's not just us; two state legislative committees find a culture of corruption at City Hall.
Right, but not quite right, Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher is reforming county government while infuriating her Republican colleagues
Harriet Miers' conservative views drew threats of an ugly protest in 1989
Harriet Miers' conservative views drew threats of an ugly protest in 1989
Plus: The Turkey Test; New Sheriff in Town
Posh Trinity backers skate on 80 grand they owe to the city
Staffers make a big splash in recent journalism competitions
Numerous Observer writers took home awards in recent competitions
Many Dallas restaurants welcome dogs--at considerable risk
Attorney Catherine Shelton returns to court to defend her law license
Did the isolated, unhappy life of an Arlington family of Jehovah's Witnesses breed false charges of sexual abuse? Absolutely, says a family member who never got a chance to tell her side of the story.
Forget chicken wings. The modern sports bar serves sautéed artichoke hearts--God help us all.
Our assorted crew of writers receive a potpourri of recognition
Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.
A Rowlett murder shines a light on the practices of notarios who victimize illegal immigrants desperate for a chance to remain in the United States
Within days of a shotgun attack in Rowlett, tempestuous Dallas lawyer Catherine Shelton found herself in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. It isn't the first time.
On the prosecution-biased Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, justice isn't blind. It's dumb.
Texas judges rally to save a bit of patronage
Legal assistant Jim Carrao works the dark corners of the justice system. He serves papers, does background checks, files annoying cases--and knows just enough law to be dangerous.
You want Brian Loncar on your side, all right. Ask anyone who's made the mistake of crossing him.
Laws to speed executions will make it harder to save Death Row's innocent
For lawyers, beating the city is only the beginning