Following an investigation by the Texas Public Integrity Unit, a Travis County grand jury has indicted former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Jerald Cobbs with securing a document by deception.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office oversees the public integrity unit, said the charges stem from an $11 million grant awarded to a company now known as Peloton, a grant that Cobbs executed without telling anyone.
Two same-sex couples from Texas are waiting for a decision on a temporary injunction filed in federal court against the Texas laws that ban same-sex marriage. The case in Texas is just one part of seven cases in other states with the goal of having the U.S. Supreme Court resolve the issue.
The National Center for Reason and Justice is saying Fran Keller, who was incarcerated 20 years ago in a bizarre ritual abuse case in her Austin daycare center, is going to be freed as early as this afternoon to await the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals on whether or not a retrial is necessary.
The National Center for Reason and Justice is reporting that Francis Keller will be released from prison in Texas. Keller has spent the last 20 years behind bars for a crime that many say never even happened.
Debbie Nathan of the National Center for Reason and Justice told Texas Public Radio that the release could happen as soon at today.
In an at times emotional press conference this morning, Kristie Mayhugh, Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez and Cassandra Rivera, also known as the San Antonio 4, talked about what it meant to them to finally be free after more than a decade in prison.
Elizabeth Ramirez was 20 years old and pregnant when she was first arrested.
"For me it was -- I got to finally hear my son for the first time say, 'Mom, I love you,'" Ramirez said.
On Tuesday, Bexar County Commissioners appointed two people to positions on local court benches.
Commissioners began accepting applications for judge of County Court at Law No. 10 after Judge Irene Rios announced Nov. 5 that she was stepping down to enter the race for the Fourth Court of Appeals.
Commissioners appointed Tina Torres, who told the court she has worked on every type of civil matter the county court hears. Torres is a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School and has practiced civil litigation for 17 years.
County Court at Law Judge Irene Rios recently announced her intention to run for a place on the 4th Court of Appeals. Upon her announcement, some claimed the judge must step down immediately.
The judge appeared before Bexar County Commissioners Court Tuesday to assure them that she has resigned. However, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Rios may continue to hear cases until a replacement is found.
Despite the passion of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall for his Groveland Case, a case where 4 black men were falsely convicted of raping a 17-year-old white girl, the reason Gilbert King chose this chapter of Marshall's life to write about it was because it was largely overlooked in biographies of the man.
"The question is not how is the judiciary? We must ask instead whether our system of justice is working for the people it has promised to serve. Do we have liberty and justice for all? Or have we come to accept liberty and justice only for some?" - Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson's State of the Judiciary, March 2013.