Tag Archives: Texas

TX: Court rejects appeal from British woman on death row

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Texas'[s] highest criminal court on Wednesday rejected the appeal of a condemned British national who was convicted of arranging the killing of a neighbor so she could take the woman’s baby. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the ruling of a lower court, which rejected Linda Carty’s arguments that prosecutors had coerced witnesses and improperly hidden information that could have affected the outcome of her capital murder trial. Carty, a native of St. Kitts and Nevis and the only British woman on death row in the United States, was convicted in the 2001 suffocation of 20-year-old Joana Rodriguez.” (02/07/18)


SCOTUS takes up Texas redistricting case

Source: CNN

“The Supreme Court announced Friday that it plans to hear a significant voting rights case, agreeing to review a lower court opinion that invalidated congressional and statehouse maps in Texas. The order adds another case touching on voting disputes to the court’s docket at a time when the justices are already considering cases concerning partisan gerrymandering and the purge of voter rolls in Ohio. … After the last census, voting rights groups such as the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund challenged maps drawn in 2011 by the Republican led legislature. A court struck down the maps finding that they were enacted with a discriminatory purpose and ordered new interim maps to be drawn.” (01/12/18)


TX: Deputies kill six-year-old

Source: US News & World Report

“Four sheriff’s deputies firing at a wanted felon shot and killed a 6-year-old boy when at least one round went through the wall of his San Antonio-area mobile home and struck him, sheriff’s officials said. The woman, sought for offenses including car theft and who was being chased by Bexar County deputies, was attempting to break in to the trailer Thursday afternoon when the shooting happened, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. The woman was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The boy was struck in the torso and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.” [editor’s note: There are two kinds of firearms discharges — intentional and negligent. So the only real question is whether the person who fired the shot should be charged with murder or manslaughter – TLK] (12/22/17)


Texas cop could get away with murder thanks to federal law enforcement partnership

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The state of Texas wants to prosecute a former Austin Police Department detective for using excessive force and killing a man, but the officer has so far avoided prosecution by claiming federal immunity because he was working on a task force organized by the FBI. … Klienter’s attorneys have successfully argued that the state of Texas cannot prosecute him because he was working in a ‘federal capacity’ at the time. Under this legal reasoning, the supremacy clause of the Constitution affords federal agents immunity from state prosecution. The argument follows the typical bastardized view of the supremacy clause. As HuffPo put it, ‘federal law must prevail over an inconsistent state law.’ Of course, that’s not what the supremacy clause says at all.” (12/19/17)


SCOTUS rejects Texas case on marriage benefits

Source: Austin American-Statesman

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that said the right to a marriage license did not entitle same-sex couples to spousal benefits under employee insurance plans. The city of Houston asked the high court overturn last June’s Texas Supreme Court decision that determined all marriage-related matters were not decided when the U.S. Supreme Court found a right to same-sex marriage. The federal court’s decision, issued without comment, allows the Texas court’s ruling to stand.” [editor’s note: This case is about government employee benefits. Get rid of government employee benefits (and of government employment) and the problem solves itself – TLK] (12/04/17)


TX: Idiot sheriff threatens to arrest driver for insufficiently worshipful attitude toward Trump

Source: Houston Chronicle

“Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday created a social media firestorm with a Facebook post threatening to bring disorderly conduct charges against the driver of a truck displaying a profane anti-Trump message on its rear window. Nehls told the Houston Chronicle that he had received calls, texts and emails in recent days from people who took offense at the language in bold, white lettering: ‘F— TRUMP AND F— YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.’ The sheriff, a Republican who is weighing a bid for Congress shared a photo on his official Facebook page in hopes that it would help to identify the truck owner. The license plate is not visible in the image. … Turns out, a woman who identified herself as the driver said she used to work for Nehls in the county jail.” (11/15/17)


TX: Hensarling becomes 11th GOP congresscritter to call it quits in 2018

Source: Dallas Morning News

“U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling won’t run for re-election next year, a decision that continues the reshaping of Republican politics in North Texas. The Dallas lawmaker joins Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, as veteran GOP congressmen who are retiring at the end of 2018. It mirrors a trend across the country. According to CNN, at least 11 Republicans have announced they won’t seek another term, resigned or are running for another office. Hensarling, 60, has represented the 5th Congressional District since he was elected in November 2002.” (10/31/17)


TX: Whataburger fires employee for refusing to serve gang members

Source: Dallas Morning News

“A Whataburger employee was fired after she refused to serve two Denison police officers early Saturday morning, the company announced Saturday afternoon. The woman had claimed her boyfriend was ‘beat up’ by cops, the Denison chief wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. The chief said the allegation was found to be untrue and no one was injured in that routine arrest. The female employee cursed at the officers and the on-duty manager’s response was ‘I don’t get into politics,’ the post said. … Whataburger’s corporate communications office released the following statement Saturday afternoon: ‘We took swift action and this person is no longer employed by us,’ the statement read.” (10/14/17)


TX: Student shoots and kills burglar/kidnapper; re-captured by accomplices

Source: New York Daily News

“A student at Texas Tech University is accused of shooting dead a campus police officer on Monday night after drugs were found in his room, a school official said. The suspect, 19-year-old Hollis Daniels, escaped after the shooting, sending the school in lockdown as police launched a manhunt in Lubbock, Texas, authorities said. Nearly two hours later, Daniels was tackled by a campus officer and arrested near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum around 9:30 p.m. Campus police were conducting a student welfare check earlier Monday when they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s room, according to the school’s spokesperson Chris Cook. After Daniels was transported to the Texas Tech University Police headquarters at 413 Flint Ave, he pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the head before fleeing on foot, Cook said.” (10/10/17)


TX: Federal court rules state can implement scheme to reduce African American, Hispanic voter turnout

Source: Politico

“A divided federal appeals court has stayed a lower judge’s ruling barring Texas from implementing a revised version of its voter identification law. A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, to allow Texas to use the revised voter ID measure known as SB 5 for this November’s elections. … [The two judges in the majority] also faulted U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos for going beyond the scope of a previous 5th Circuit ruling instructing her to assess whether SB 5 had cured problems with SB 14, another voter ID measure Texas passed in 2011. Ramos ruled that original measure was tainted by an effort to discriminate on the basis of race and the measure signed earlier this year did not fix the problem.” (09/05/17)