17, Dec 2014 - Texas woman free on bond in salt poisoning case
In September, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, citing poor legal help at her 2007 trial, overturned her conviction in the death of Andrew Burd. At her trial, prosecutors contended Overton fed the child a mixture of water and Cajun seasoning, causing sodium poisoning. Defense attorneys called about a half dozen witnesses who testified to Overton's gentle, ''patient, and exemplary character.
17, Dec 2014 - Attorneys: Condemned killer in Texas is delusional
Attorneys for a Texas death row inmate argue his execution set for Wednesday evening would provide no retribution or deterrence because prisoner Scott Panetti is too delusional.
17, Dec 2014 - Dallas, TX Lambda Legal Launches Petition Drive Urging Texas Gov.-Elect Abbott to Implement PREA
12/17/2014 (Dallas, TX) - Lambda Legal today launched a petition drive calling on the state of Texas and Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott to implement and abide by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the federal law signed by former President George W. Bush to address the problem of prison rape across the country.
17, Dec 2014 - GOP Bexar County Clerk will keep office open 24/7 if stay on Texas gay marriage ban lifted
Bexar County Clerk Gerard "Gerry" Rickhoff, a Republican, will keep his office open 24 hours a day if a federal judge lifts his stay on allowing same-sex couples in Texas to marry.
17, Dec 2014 - Judge: Texas must reveal execution drug maker
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " A judge has ordered Texas to release the name of the compounding pharmacy that provides the lethal drugs used in state executions.District Judge Darlene Byrne on Thursday rejected arguments from the Texas Department...
17, Dec 2014 - Texas seeks preliminary injunction to halt Obamaâ€™s executive action on immigration
The Texas Attorney Generalâ€™s Office filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction that would halt executive action taken as a result of President Barack Obamaâ€™s unilateral immigration directive.
17, Dec 2014 - Michigan AG joins suit against Obama immigration move
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) says he's joined other state attorneys general who are challenging President Barack Obama's executive order easing the nation's immigration procedures. Texas is leading a coalition of states suing the government. It says in the lawsuit filed last week ...
17, Dec 2014 - Dallas, TX Perry: Most people expect me to run for president
While a formal announcement may be a ways off, the longest-serving chief executive in Texas history sounded Tuesday like a candidate preparing for his next campaign. Perry also departs the governor's mansion facing charges of felony abuse of power and the prospect that a court case could drag on for months and land him in prison. Perry's failed presidential campaign remains the only loss of his ...
17, Dec 2014 - Lubbock, TX Doctor in capital murder mistrial seeks lower bond
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) â€” An attorney for an Amarillo plastic surgeon whose capital murder prosecution ended in a mistrial wants his client's bond reduced. The 50-year-old Dixon was accused of hiring business partner David Neal Shepard to kill Dr. Joseph Sonnier III in July 2012 for three bars of silver valued at $9,000.
17, Dec 2014 - Kaufman, TX Texas jury considers death penalty in revenge plot killing
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury that convicted a former justice of the peace of murdering a suburban Dallas prosecutor's wife in a revenge plot began deliberations on Tuesday in the penalty phase of the trial, in which it could sentence him to death. Eric Williams, 47, was convicted on Dec. 4 of murdering Cynthia McLelland in 2013. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty ...
17, Dec 2014 - Kaufman, TX Estranged wife testifies against Kaufman County killer Eric Williams
Jurors will be sequestered overnight and resume deliberations Wednesday morning to determine the fate of a former justice of the peace convicted of killing a North Texas district attorney's wife.
17, Dec 2014 - Jasper, TX East Texas man pleads guilty in 2013 drug death
Twenty-eight-year-old Shane Hadnot of Jasper pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to possessing with intent to distribute cocaine. Wright's family says he was murdered and law enforcement officers bungled their search.
17, Dec 2014 - Dallas, TX Telethons, hotlines set up for Texas immigrants
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Attorneys and immigration groups in Texas are setting up telethons and hotlines to serve immigrants who may qualify under a new White House plan to protect them from deportation. Groups in Houston, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, Austin and elsewhere also organized gatherings ...
17, Dec 2014 - Johnson, TX GovBeat: Tough Texas gets results by going softer on crime
A series of reforms has reversed the explosive growth of the inmate population.
17, Dec 2014 - Galveston Woman Sentenced for Collin County Mortgage Fraud
PLANO (KYTX)â€“ A 68-year-old Galveston woman has been sentenced to federal prison for federal violations related to a mortgage fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.