Law

Government Oversight
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Former CPRIT Chief Officer Indicted By Travis County Grand Jury

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg at the podium.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:43 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws

Mark Phariss (red hair) and his partner Vic Holmes, two of the main plaintiffs in the Texas.
Courtesy photo

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.

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The Source - November 26, 2013
1:36 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Source: Justice When A Child Accuses | Payday Lenders Flout SA Ordinance

Roscoe Ellis (Flickr User: arellis49)

In the first segment:

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.

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Breaking
10:23 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Austin Woman Set To Be Released From Prison In "Satanic Ritual Abuse" Case

Fran Keller at the Crain Unit in Gatesville on August 26, 2013.
Karen Bernstein for KUT News

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.

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Community
4:48 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Finally Free, San Antonio 4 Want Full Exoneration

The San Antonio 4 from left: Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassie Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez.
Paul Flahive TPR News

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.

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Bexar County
9:13 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Bexar County Commissioners Appoint Two New Judges

Bexar County

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.

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Bexar County Courts
10:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

County Court Judge Irene Rios Will Stay On Bench -- For Now

Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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The Source - October 24, 2013
1:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Source: Gilbert King's Pulitzer-Prize Winning Work

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.  

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The Source - October 9, 2013
12:49 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

The Source: Former Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson | Reforming How Texas Chooses Judges

University of Texas

In the first segment:

"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.

 

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Bexar County
3:11 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Bexar County's New DWI Court Program Almost Full After Only Four Months

Judges from around the state and law enforcement officials gather to hear about the state's newest DWI Court.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Judges from around the state gathered to review best practices learned from Bexar County's first specially-designated DWI court, which is already near capacity.

There are only five slots left of the 40 total available in the Bexar County DWI Court, and with 6,600 DWI cases pending, Judge Liza Rodriguez said offenders must apply to be accepted.

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