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Texas Politics
12:40 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Watchdog Group Files Criminal Complaint Against AG Nominee Ken Paxton

A government watchdog group based in Austin has asked the Texas Public Integrity Unit to investigate state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney. The request has to do with Paxton advising his law clients of securities investments without having a license to do so.

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.

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The Source - July 28, 2014
11:01 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Source: From Prison To Peace, A 25-Year Journey For Michael Morton

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The now famous case of Michael Morton looms over Texas law, law enforcement, and legal procedure. 

Convicted of murdering his wife, Morton was sentenced to life in prison in 1987, but would later be completely exonerated fro the crime. It is a cautionary reminder of what happens when overzealous law officials and prosecutors decide the facts of a crime rather than investigate it. 

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Border & Immigration
3:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical

Lackland dorms where the unaccompanied minors from Central America are being housed.
Credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

An internal review by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) found 63% of the Central American children being housed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio would qualify for some type of asylum relief.

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The Source - July 21, 2014
4:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Source: A Threat To Our Jury System

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The troubling decline of jury trials affects both state and federal court rooms. Forced arbitration, tort reform, and sky rocketing court costs are changing how we administer law, but what affect does it have on this Constitutional mandate?

Guests:

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The Source - July 17, 2014
9:56 am
Thu July 17, 2014

The Source: A Biography Of The Second Amendment

Open Carry Texas at the Alamo
Paul Flahive ©

    

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.

"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."

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?

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The Source - June 30, 2014
9:51 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Source: Whistleblower Law May Help Intelligence Workers

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Last week the House of Representatives passed a new law that would restore whistleblower protections to those working in U.S. government intelligence.

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Terrorism
1:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Austin Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Terrorism Charges

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.

He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

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The Source - June 19, 2014
11:25 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Source: Sexually Active And HIV Positive

HIV-infected H9 T cell.
NIAID / http://bit.ly/1oL0JnZ

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.  

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.

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Campaign Finance
4:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Weighing Tom DeLay's Overturned Conviction

Tom DeLay outside the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

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.

DeLay was found guilty of taking money donated to his political action committee and feeding it into a number of Texas Republican's campaigns.

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.

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The Source - June 12, 2014
11:29 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Source: Evolution Of Medical Ethics Through A Family Lens

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

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.

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. 

But he also noted a difference in the intimacy of the care that modern practices have lost.

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