Perry Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Dismiss Last Charge

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.

Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry are asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to throw out the remaining count in the indictment against him.

Jailhouse Snitch Claims Secret Deal in Death Case

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The execution chamber seen from one of two witness viewing rooms at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Huntsville Unit.
The execution chamber seen from one of two witness viewing rooms at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Huntsville Unit.

A second jailhouse informant claims he was offered a secret deal to testify in a death penalty case by former Navarro County prosecutor John Jackson, who has been accused of similar misconduct in the conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham.

Prosecutor: State Cancer Official Deceived Agency

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

A Travis County prosecutor on Tuesday asked a jury to convict Jerry Cobbs, a former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, of securing an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm “by fraud.”

Interim Committee to Take a Closer Look at Jail Safety

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (second from right) and State Sen. John Whitmire (right), D-Houston, announced on Aug. 18, 2015, the creation of an interim study committee to take a closer look at jail safety.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (second from right) and State Sen. John Whitmire (right), D-Houston, announced on Aug. 18, 2015, the creation of an interim study committee to take a closer look at jail safety.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. John Whitmire on Tuesday announced the creation of an interim jail safety study committee following concerns in the wake of the hanging death of Sandra Bland and the deaths of other jail inmates.

 

Rick Perry Campaign in Triage Mode

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina joins Rick Perry on the campaign trail in Kimballton, Iowa.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina joins Rick Perry on the campaign trail in Kimballton, Iowa.

On the Iowa campaign trail, Rick Perry and his band of unpaid staffers were upbeat after a week of bad headlines about the financial state of his campaign. But Texas’ longest-serving governor is in a race against time.

Parents to Be Guaranteed Right to Bury Stillborn Babies

Moved by the story of Erica and Joshua Raef of Amarillo, lawmakers passed HB 635, a law that guarantees parents the right to the remains of their unborn children, regardless of how small they are.
Moved by the story of Erica and Joshua Raef of Amarillo, lawmakers passed HB 635, a law that guarantees parents the right to the remains of their unborn children, regardless of how small they are.

Moved by the story of an Amarillo family, legislators passed a new law that will guarantee parents the right to the remains of their stillborn children. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.