Law http://tpr.org en Watchdog Group Files Criminal Complaint Against AG Nominee Ken Paxton http://tpr.org/post/watchdog-group-files-criminal-complaint-against-ag-nominee-ken-paxton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A government watchdog group based in Austin has asked the Texas Public Integrity Unit to investigate state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The request has to do with Paxton advising his law clients of securities investments without having a license to do so.</span></p><p>While working as an attorney, Paxton solicited clients and invested their money without having a license to do so. The Republican nominee for Texas attorney general admitted wrongdoing and paid the $1,000 civil penalty.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:40:30 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35808 at http://tpr.org The Source: From Prison To Peace, A 25-Year Journey For Michael Morton http://tpr.org/post/source-prison-peace-25-year-journey-michael-morton <p>The now famous case of Michael Morton looms over Texas law, law enforcement, and legal procedure.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Convicted of murdering his wife, Morton was sentenced to life in prison in 1987, but would later be completely exonerated fro the crime.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;It is a cautionary reminder of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">what happens when overzealous law officials and prosecutors decide the facts of a crime rather than investigate it.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:01:46 +0000 Paul Flahive 35803 at http://tpr.org The Source: From Prison To Peace, A 25-Year Journey For Michael Morton RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical http://tpr.org/post/raices-says-63-minors-lackland-qualify-asylum-sen-cornyn-skeptical <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An <a href="http://www.raicestexas.org/#!At-Least-63-of-Refugee-Children-at-Lackland-Air-Force-Base-Qualify-for-Relief/c4x3/48917F75-F1DC-40B4-8F0C-2E2270900065" target="_blank">internal review by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) </a>found 63% of the Central American children being housed at </span>Lackland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Air Force base in San Antonio would qualify for some type of asylum relief.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:43:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35576 at http://tpr.org RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical The Source: A Threat To Our Jury System http://tpr.org/post/source-threat-our-jury-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The troubling decline of jury trials affects both <a href="http://poundinstitute.org/docs/2011%20judges%20forum/2011%20Forum%20Galanter-Frozena%20Paper.pdf" target="_blank">state and federal court rooms</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forced arbitration, tort reform, and sky rocketing court costs are changing how we administer law, but w</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat affect does it have on this Constitutional mandate?</span></p><p><strong>Guests</strong>:</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:20:31 +0000 Paul Flahive 35445 at http://tpr.org The Source: A Threat To Our Jury System The Source: A Biography Of The Second Amendment http://tpr.org/post/source-biography-second-amendment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In very few places has the syntax of a sentence caused more excitement, passion, hatred, and hyperbole than the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.</p><blockquote><p>"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."</p></blockquote><p>Is the militia a limitation on who gets guns? The people an afterthought? Or, is it the other way around and the militia is the less important of the two?</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:56:11 +0000 Paul Flahive 35224 at http://tpr.org The Source: A Biography Of The Second Amendment The Source: Whistleblower Law May Help Intelligence Workers http://tpr.org/post/source-whistleblower-law-may-help-intelligence-workers <p>Last week the House of Representatives passed a new law that would restore whistleblower protections to those working in U.S. government intelligence.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:51:33 +0000 Paul Flahive 34259 at http://tpr.org The Source: Whistleblower Law May Help Intelligence Workers Austin Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Terrorism Charges http://tpr.org/post/austin-man-pleads-guilty-federal-terrorism-charges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Austin on Friday, 23-year-old Michael Wolfe admitted in federal court that he had been planning since last August to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and to engage in violent jihad in Syria. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:55:50 +0000 Eileen Pace 34149 at http://tpr.org The Source: Sexually Active And HIV Positive http://tpr.org/post/source-sexually-active-and-hiv-positive <p>An Iowa man who was sentenced to 25 years for not disclosing to a sexual partner his HIV-positive status had his sentence vacated last week. &nbsp;</p><p>Nick Rhoades, who was 26 years old at the time, used a condom, was actively taking anti-viral drugs, and didn't transmit the disease to anyone, but the crime of criminal transmission of HIV in Iowa and many other states doesn't require you actually transmit.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:25:28 +0000 Paul Flahive 33678 at http://tpr.org The Source: Sexually Active And HIV Positive Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Weighing Tom DeLay's Overturned Conviction http://tpr.org/post/texas-court-criminal-appeals-weighing-tom-delays-overturned-conviction <p>Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and his attorneys argued the merits of whether Delay’s 2010 money laundering conviction should remain overturned or if the original punishment should stand.</p><p>DeLay was found guilty of taking money donated to his political action committee and feeding it into a number of Texas Republican's campaigns.</p><p>In 2013 his conviction was overturned because checks are not considered funds, therefore the prosecution lacked evidence. But earlier this year the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to hear an appeal of that overturned conviction.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:32:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33639 at http://tpr.org Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Weighing Tom DeLay's Overturned Conviction The Source: Evolution Of Medical Ethics Through A Family Lens http://tpr.org/post/source-evolution-medical-ethics-through-family-lens <p></p><p></p><p>When Dr. Barron Lerner started reading his father's medical diaries he didn't expect what he found. The differences in how he and his father practiced medicine were drastic.</p><p>Modern medical ethical standards like informed consent didn't exist back then and it wasn't uncommon for a doctor to mislead a patient to get them to take the course of action the doctor thought best.&nbsp;</p><p>But he also noted a difference in the intimacy of the care that modern practices have lost.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:29:32 +0000 Paul Flahive 33281 at http://tpr.org The Source: Evolution Of Medical Ethics Through A Family Lens