On Tuesday the Texas Supreme Court heard from attorneys representing competing waste disposal companies in a defamation lawsuit.
The two companies at odds are Waste Management and Texas Disposal System, who runs a landfill in Southeast Travis County and is the source of the defamation case at hand. According to court records, an anonymous action alert fax originating from Waste Management was sent to various groups, pointing to environmental concerns with the TDS landfill.
The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday regarding two separate cases where same-sex couples ask a lower district court for a divorce.
The couples were married in another state and now want to dissolve that marriage through a divorce here in Texas. What the court will have to decide is whether lower district courts can grant a divorce to same-sex couples without violating the Texas Constitution.
The Texas 5th Court of Appeals held that Texas residents may not file for divorce if they were married out of state and are of the same gender.
"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.
Gov. Rick Perry has announced a successor to lead the Texas Supreme Court following the resignation of Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.
Perry has appointed Justice Nathan Hecht to replace Jefferson, who announced his departure starting Oct. 1. Hecht has become known as a champion of indigent defense ensuring that everyone has access to legal aid.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court has asked that the Texas Supreme Court make a ruling on whether oil giant BP had adequate insurance coverage prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Osler McCarthy, a staff attorney for public information at the Texas Supreme Court, said that when BP asked its insurance company, to pay up, its insurer told them they weren't covered.
McCarthy said the court will be examining if the primary coverage was enough for BP to be covered for the pollution damage to the Texas Coast or if the company should have purchased additional umbrella policies.
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, who lives in San Antonio, plans to step down from his position this Fall. Jefferson is the first African-American to serve as the State of Texas’ top judge.
Jefferson has held the spot for the last 12 years and said he is leaving his post Oct. 1. He said his decision centered on family and finances:
The Texas Supreme Court has decided it will take a look at two separate divorce cases from 2010 that involve same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.
One of the cases, which took place in Travis County, ended with a judge agreeing to settle the couple’s divorce, but a different judge refused to hear the another case involving a couple living in Dallas.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in both the cases, arguing to the court that Texas law forbids any action that recognizes same sex marriage, including divorce.
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing was to be one of the last phases for a bill that would set up the state’s first exoneration commission to examine past wrongful convictions to determine what went wrong.
The hearing began with Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, stating she didn’t feel the Tim Cole Exoneration Commission was a needed item, and then it escalated from there.
Texas education funding is ruled unconstitutional, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court. There are opposing views in the legislature on whether to immediately act to address the issue, or wait until the court forces it. Gov. Perry is causing a stir with his radio ads in California that try to lure companies to the Lone Star State, and one columnist from San Francisco says this is generating some interesting conversation.