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As Defendants Sit in Jail with No Trial Date, Jury Selection Gets Creative

5 days ago by Lauren Drewes Daniels
Criminal cases in Dallas County courts have been at a virtual standstill since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. One of the biggest hurdles the court system is trying to overcome is how to select a jury in times of face masks and social distancing.  At the county commissioners court meeting on...

The Best Halloween Costumes Based on New Film and TV Characters

3 days ago by Liam Gaughan
Creativity is the key when it comes to the best Halloween costumes. Sure, every Halloween party has at least one Harley Quinn or Pennywise, but the truly memorable costumes that go viral each year are those which feel original and unique. While online shopping has made it easier than ever...

UT-Arlington Student Brianna Baucum Fights a Web of Lies to Bring Her Daughter Home

11 days ago by Jacob Vaughn
If the anonymous tipster were telling the truth, Brianna Baucum is a monster, possibly one with magical powers. Between July 13 and Aug. 28 last year, Baucum killed her 4-year-old daughter Journi at least five times, the tipster told authorities. That doesn’t count the claim that Baucum put her daughter...

Despite Calls for Resignation, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Says He's Not Quitting

18 days ago by Jacob Vaughn
It’s not dé·jà vu. The Texas attorney general is in trouble again. Seven of Ken Paxton’s top aides filed a whistleblower complaint against their boss alleging that he is violating federal and/or state law relating to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses. The letter said that...

Abbott Wants to Crack Down on Rioting by Creating a New Slate of Felonies

30 days ago by Jacob Vaughn
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talked tough on rioters during a press conference at the Dallas Police Association building yesterday, laying out proposed legislation for a crackdown on protests gone awry. “Texas is not going to tolerate violence, vandalism or rioting,” Abbott said. The Constitution guarantees the right to peaceably assemble,...

Defendants, Lawyers and Justice Suffer as Pandemic Shuts Down Trials

1 month ago by Richie Whitt
For 16 years, Bill Price has successfully defended the city’s prostitutes, drug dealers, drunk drivers and the occasional client accused of murder. But against COVID-19 and a dormant criminal justice system, even the gold medal weightlifter-turned-litigator is powerless. “This virus has crippled the courts,” says the veteran defense attorney. “There...

A Dallas Man Bought an Old Toadies Recording; Now the Band Is Threatening Legal Action

2 months ago by Eva Raggio
Nick Metzger is a local business owner, a part-time DJ, and a self-described “vintage audio enthusiast.” About eight months ago, he put up an ad describing some items he was looking to buy: “Reel-to-reel players, tapes and other vintage hi-fi gear,” he remembers, though he doesn’t recall whether it was...

Police Report on Protest Violence Finds Some Errors by Cops, Lays Blame on Rioters

2 months ago by Jacob Vaughn
Rubin Sasavi, a Dallas activist, lay on his stomach with his hands in front of him. Sasavi had come out on the evening of June 1 to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Now a cloud of tear gas was...

Panelists Call for Changes to Dallas' Police Budget

3 months ago by Jacob Vaughn
Amid weeks of demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd, a coalition of community activists and faith leaders who marched through the streets of Dallas is now looking to promote “policies to support the protest.” One of the coalition’s main goals is to reallocate police funding into historically underfunded...

Activists Want Tarrant County to Stop Doing ICE's Work For Them

3 months ago by Tyler Hicks
On a humid Tuesday morning in mid June, more than 100 parents, daughters, sons and activists gathered on the steps of the Tarrant County courthouse. The county’s commissioners were convening for a vote on a controversial agreement between the sheriff’s office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and members of...

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