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The lowest courts in the Texas state court system are the Texas Municipal Courts Justice Courts. Texas's County Courts include Constitutional County Courts, Probate Court, and County Court at Law. The next level of the Texas court system includes District Courts, which hear a wide variety of civil cases, and domestic relations and juvenile cases. There is also a separate Criminal District Court in Texas. The Texas Court of Appeals hears appeals filed following Constitutional County Court, and District Court decisions. The Texas Supreme Court is the highest civil court in Texas, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest level of criminal appellate court. The Texas Courts Online (TCO) website ( provides much information about Texas Courts. If you're trying to find Texas court records, you can find Appeals Court information by county on this website. You can also find Texas Supreme Court opinions and court calendars. To find copies of Texas court documents, you'll need to contact the court where the case was heard. Most Texas court records are available to the public, but the courts have various policies regarding how to obtain these public records. You can search for a Texas court using the database at
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18, Apr 2014 - Patent consortium Rockstar loses bid to move Google case
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from Google Inc's home turf in California to Texas, according to a court ruling. Rockstar, which counts Apple Inc as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier ...
18, Apr 2014 - Washington, TX Obama commutes sentence of man mistakenly given extra jail time
President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering. The White House said a typographical error in Cantu's pre-sentencing report, however, mistakenly ...
18, Apr 2014 - Hidalgo, TX Texas parole board refuses to stop execution
On Wednesday, Hernandez-Llanas, 44, was set for lethal injection that would make him the second Texas prisoner within a week executed with a supply of pentobarbital newly obtained from a source Texas prison officials have refused to identify. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from another Texas death row inmate, Tommy Lynn Sells, whose attorneys argued unsuccessfully they needed ...
18, Apr 2014 - Judge: GM doesn't have to tell owners to stop driving recalled vehicles
A Texas federal district judge has denied a motion that would force owners to stop driving more than 2 million General Motors small cars under recall for defective ignition switches.
18, Apr 2014 - Nueces, TX Jose_Luis_Villegas_Jr_mugshot_texas_death_row_inmate_reuters.jpg
The US state of Texas executed a man yesterday for stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother, state prison authorities said. Jose Villegas, 38, was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:04 pm local time (0004 GMT) in Huntsville, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal...
18, Apr 2014 - Trinity, TX Groveton man accepts plea deal of 20 years for sexually assaulting young girl
A 47-year-old Groveton man accepted a plea bargain deal of 20 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a girl numerous times when she was between the ages of 8 and 12.
18, Apr 2014 - Washington, TX Obama cuts sentence of man given 3 years extra jail time
President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three-and-a half years in jail due to a typographical error.
18, Apr 2014 - Morris, TX UT Dallas study: No correlation between medical marijuana legalization, crime increase
( University of Texas at Dallas ) UT Dallas professor of criminology Dr. Robert Morris found that legalization of medical marijuana is not an indicator of increased crime. It actually may be related to reductions in certain types of violent crime.
18, Apr 2014 - Henderson, TX Texas must tell lawyers execution drug supplier
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A judge ordered Texas prison officials Thursday to disclose the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs to attorneys for two inmates set to be executed next month, but
18, Apr 2014 - Morris, TX Legalising Marijuana 'Reduces Murder and Assault Rates'
Legalisation of medical cannabis may reduce certain types of crime, says a study by researchers at University of Texas in Dallas. Dr Robert Morris, associate professor of criminology and lead author, said the research team found no increase in crime rates resulting from medical marijuana legalisation. "We're cautious about saying, 'Medical marijuana laws definitely reduce homicide.' That's not ...
18, Apr 2014 - Young, TX Killer of Texas family reassures his kids at his execution
A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday. The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
18, Apr 2014 - Bexar, TX Man Who Peed on Alamo Sentenced to 18 Months
A man who urinated on the famous Alamo in Texas has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.Daniel Athens, 23, pleaded guilty in February in a San Antonio court to felony criminal mischief of a public monument or place of human burial.
18, Apr 2014 - Nueces, TX Texas man executed for triple murder: 'It does kind of burn. Goodbye'
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18, Apr 2014 - Google lawsuit against Rockstar to stay in California
A Google complaint against Apple-backed patent consortium Rockstar will stay in a California court rather than be moved to Texas where Rockstar already has patent lawsuits against Google’s Android partners, the California court ordered Thursday. Backed by Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony, Rockstar acquired Nortel Networks’ patents for US$4.5 billion after outbidding Google in 2011 ...
18, Apr 2014 - Hidalgo, TX Ex-top staffer to South Texas sheriff takes plea
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The former chief of staff to former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino (treh-VEEN'-yoh) has pleaded guilty to a federal count of misprision of a felony for failing to report a crime.
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