Law

A new lawsuit is boldly going where no man has gone before.

Paramount Pictures and CBS are suing the producers of a Star Trek fan film for copyright infringement. The studios own the copyright to the Star Trek franchise, including six television shows and 12 movies.

From Texas Standard:

Remember the Alamo? How could we forget. Remember Denton? That's a different sort of battle.

From Texas Standard:

We often hear about achievement gaps and income gaps, but a new commission in Texas is tasked to address a “justice gap.” They warn that a growing number of people make too much money to qualify for legal aid but aren’t wealthy enough to afford legal services on their own.


In Texas, many go without legal representation despite the dramatic need for it. Civil cases dealing with divorce, custody battles, small business owners, and many others are complex animals that the average citizen can't sort through on their own.

The cost of hiring an attorney, however, is prohibitive. 

"It's a huge problem when you think about our basic civil legal needs, shelter, housing, family law issues, most people in America cannot afford a lawyer to represent them. This is a huge crisis," says former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. 

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AUSTIN — Texas is on the verge of scrapping its controversial “pick-a-pal” grand jury system, after the House gave final approval to a sweeping overhaul.

The state is currently the only one in America where judge-appointed commissioners nominate prospective jurors, rather than picking randomly selected residents.

The U.S. Supreme Court has criticized the system. But some small-county Texas judges oppose changing it, worried that jury pools may shrink too much.

Without debate Sunday, the House voted 79-59 to approve a bill changing the system, sponsored by Houston Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton.

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