Law http://tpr.org en Grand Jury Named In Perry Coercion Trial http://tpr.org/post/grand-jury-named-perry-coercion-trial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Bert Richardson from San Antonio has helped select 12 jurors in Travis County and two alternates to preside over a special grand jury tasked with determining whether to indict Gov. Rick Perry on criminal charges.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:17:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30081 at http://tpr.org Attorney In Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Looks For Signs In Utah Case http://tpr.org/post/attorney-texas-same-sex-marriage-challenge-looks-signs-utah-case <p>Late last week attorneys for same-sex couples and the State of Utah delivered oral arguments in the case challenging a Utah law that bans same-sex marriage.</p><p>Here in Texas, San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents two couples challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, watched the proceedings and said one of the turning points was a concession made by the Utah attorney general’s office.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30027 at http://tpr.org Attorney In Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Looks For Signs In Utah Case Update: Texas Execution Back On Schedule, US 5th Circuit Reverses Lower Court Ruling http://tpr.org/post/update-texas-execution-back-schedule-us-5th-circuit-reverses-lower-court-ruling <p><strong>Update (4/3): </strong>In a last-minute decision Wednesday night, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the lower federal district court's decision to halt the execution of death row inmate Tommy Sells, who is scheduled to die today, Thursday, April 3.</p><p>The execution had been halted pending a privacy-disclosure case involving the pharmacy manufacturing the drugs being used in the execution. Sells' attorney says she will be taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:59:34 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29346 at http://tpr.org What Will We Learn From New Transparency In Privately-Run Texas State Jails? http://tpr.org/post/what-will-we-learn-new-transparency-privately-run-texas-state-jails <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> A court has ruled that privately-run jails are, in effect, governmental bodies when it comes to Texas open records law, so what will be uncovered from the new level of transparency that these institutions must follow? Will the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association be ready to pay out in the event of a destructive hurricane? Also on this show: Whooping crane populations along the coast and a new ocelot kitten in South Texas.</p><p><strong>Privately-run jails must now open up records</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:54:24 +0000 David Martin Davies 28665 at http://tpr.org What Will We Learn From New Transparency In Privately-Run Texas State Jails? Texas’ Highest Criminal Court Hears First Case Using New "Junk Science" Law http://tpr.org/post/texas-highest-criminal-court-hears-first-case-using-new-junk-science-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals heard oral arguments this week in a case of a man convicted of murdering a toddler. The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;attorneys for Neal Robbins used a new law that allows for a new trial if the forensic science used to convict them is discredited and out-of-date.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:14:32 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28608 at http://tpr.org Texas Highest Criminal Court Will Take Up Political Corruption Case Involving Tom DeLay http://tpr.org/post/texas-highest-criminal-court-will-take-political-corruption-case-involving-tom-delay <p>The highest criminal court in the State of Texas has agreed to take up the political corruption case against former U.S. House Minority Leader Tom Delay. The decision comes after Delay was acquitted by a lower appellate court in September 2013.</p><p>The case against Delay, known to many as "The Hammer," has been making its way through the courts for the last 12 years. Delay was convicted in 2010 of money laundering for trying to influence Texas’ elections by funneling corporate money to various candidates.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:23:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28566 at http://tpr.org Texas Highest Criminal Court Will Take Up Political Corruption Case Involving Tom DeLay The Source: Bad Science Law Goes To Court http://tpr.org/post/source-bad-science-law-goes-court <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A law allowing those convicted of a crime with bad science sees its greatest challenge in the courtroom.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hears arguments in the case of Neal Robbins, who was&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">convicted in 1999 of murdering a 17-month-old child.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:23:40 +0000 Paul Flahive 28543 at http://tpr.org The Source: Bad Science Law Goes To Court Defense Attorney Admits Bribing State District Judge http://tpr.org/post/defense-attorney-admits-bribing-state-district-judge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A San Antonio attorney has pled guilty to charges of bribing a state district criminal court judge.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:58:20 +0000 Eileen Pace 28427 at http://tpr.org Defense Attorney Admits Bribing State District Judge Texas Environmental Groups Take Issue With Lawmaker Request For AG Opinion On Bag Bans http://tpr.org/post/texas-environmental-groups-take-issue-lawmaker-request-ag-opinion-bag-bans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An environmental group says a trade association fighting plastic bag bans in Texas is attempting to use legal and judicial activism to prevail where their previous lawsuit regarding the issue failed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Campaign for the Environment saidno harm has come to businesses in cities with bag bans.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:17:58 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28161 at http://tpr.org The Source: The Year In Hate http://tpr.org/post/source-year-hate <p><em><strong>Update (3:38 p.m.): </strong>We apologize for the change in programming but we were unable to get Mark Potok, the guest for this segment, on the line and we have returned to "All Things Considered" for the second half of "The Source"</em></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:44:45 +0000 Paul Flahive 27679 at http://tpr.org The Source: The Year In Hate