Texas leads the nation in many things—unfortunately, not all of them good. Along with New York and Illinois, Texas is among the top three offenders when it comes to wrongful criminal convictions. The case of Michael Morton, in particular, has recently called attention to the mishandlings of justice that are all too common, and now Texas lawmakers are considering ways to buckle down on mistakes.
Texans love a good sale. The "tax-free weekend," or the three days before the start of every school year when most clothing and school supplies under $100 are free of sales tax, is a big shopping day for parents. Now it appears as though gun enthusiasts could get the same kind of shopping incentive.
Texas is notoriously averse to taxation. The state legislature hasn't voted on a tax increase since 1991, as Paul Burka notes in his piece about the "T-word." Some local governments have started getting creative to make ends meet. One example: a Houston suburb plans to tax drivers who are at fault in auto collisions.
Teenagers are notorious for fighting with their parents, but one Texas teen is suing her parents over an actual matter of life or death. A 16 year-old girl in Harris County who is nine weeks pregnant is suing her parents because she claims they want to force her to have an abortion.
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 27 people dead, lawmakers around the country are scrambling for ways to prevent gun violence in American schools. So too in Texas: whether it’s arming teachers or putting a cop outside of every classroom, Texas politicians have offered several ideas about how to keep schoolchildren safe.
Sitting at his regular table at Daddy Sam’s BBQ and Catfish (“You Kill It, I’ll Cook It”) in the East Texas town of Carthage, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson began to realize that he might have some problems prosecuting Be
I felt bad, at first, for the polygamists when the gun-toting state troopers and other law enforcement personnel busted into their Yearning for Zion compound, outside Eldorado, in early April. I felt bad when the officers tried using a “jaws of life” tool to wrench open the door of the sacred temple, and I felt especially bad when they carried away the children, some of whom were infants holding bottles.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include three corrections: (1) George and Philip Stacy did not sue Dick and Tweety Eastland in January 2007, as previously reported. (2) Stacy Eastland and Nancy Leaton did not get any additional interest in other Eastland properties to compensate for Dick's getting more of Camp Mystic, as originally stated. (3) Stacy alerted the IRS to the family's potential problems with the Bass deal in October 2009, not November 2006.
Mimi Swartz has written dozens of articles for TEXAS MONTHLY over the years, first as a staff writer in the eighties and now as an executive editor. Having chronicled everyone from injured citizens battling tort reform advocates in her article, “Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer?
The fourth Mineola Swingers Club case—that of Dennis Pittman—ended this afternoon with a verdict that surprised no one on either side: Guilty. The verdicts in the first two trials, in the spring of 2008, were reached in four minutes; in the third trial that summer, it took an hour and a half. In a possible sign of progress, this one took an hour and 32 minutes. With two trials to go, the remaining defendants might expect a full two hours of deliberations.