Tag Archives: Texas

Former EPA Officials Sue EPA Over Failure To Enforce Air Pollution Rules By
A Washington, D.C.-based environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, arguing the federal government isn’t properly policing air pollution permits the state of Texas issued to some...
Government Reaches New Lows In Its Crusade Against Barrett Brown By
Published in partnership with Shadowproof. The United States Attorney’s office in the northern district of Texas issued another subpoena against journalist Barrett Brown. It was sent to Writers House, Barrett Brown’s literary agent who is working with him on his forthcoming...
Judge Rules Texas Prisons Lack Of Air Conditioning ‘Cruel And Unusual’ Punishment By
ROSHARON — Just 30 miles south of the urban epicenter of Houston, the scene around one of Texas’ oldest maximum-security prisons has a much more rustic quality. The brick buildings of the prison have been part of the rural landscape since 1917 and sit among acres...
Why The Murder Charge Against The Cop Who Killed Jordan Edwards Is Rare By
A Dallas County grand jury indicted a former Balch Springs police officer on a murder charge Monday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, an exceedingly rare legal step in Texas that illustrates the controversy surrounding the shooting since details of it...
Houston Police End Drug Tests That Produced Wrongful Convictions By
The Houston Police Department has ended its longstanding practice of using $2 chemical kits to make drugs arrests, a policy that had contributed to hundreds of wrongful convictions in recent years. In announcing the change, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the department...
Court Blocks Texas Efforts To Execute Mentally Ill Inmate Scott Panetti By
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case of a Texas death row inmate with schizophrenia back to district court in a sharp opinion Tuesday. The lower court will have to take another look at whether Scott Panetti’s mental illness makes him ineligible for execution. Panetti’s...
Trump Administration: New Texas Voter ID Law Fixes Discrimination By
Texas’ new voter identification law fully absolves the state from having discriminated against minority voters in 2011, and courts should not take further action in a battle over the state’s old voter ID law, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice argued in...
Texas Counties Question Need For Seperate Courts For Cops By
There’s one new law on the books intended to help police in Texas that has gotten less attention than several others in a year when lawmakers touted their “back the blue” bills. It’s a measure that will allow counties to create pretrial diversion programs for first...
Texas Man Charged With Hate Crime For Mosque Fire, Attempting To Blow Up Car By
A federal grand jury charged a South Texas man with a hate crime Thursday for allegedly setting fire to a mosque in January, adding to charges tied to his reported attempt to blow up a car. The grand jury indicted Marq Vincent Perez, 25, for a Jan. 28 burglary and arson...
Houston Votes To Join Other Texas Cities In Lawsuit Over New ‘Sanctuary City’ Law By
The largest city in Texas will join San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and other local governments in a lawsuit against the state’s new immigration enforcement law. The Houston City Council voted 10-6 Wednesday morning to join the lawsuit, which was filed last month against...