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Attorney David Dow.
Attorney David Dow.

Lawyer's One-Year Banishment Leads to Showdown

When the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals banished a prominent death row attorney this year, it set in motion an interesting showdown not only with the lawyer, David Dow, but one with its own glossier sibling, the Texas Supreme Court. That court could decide whether the ban should stick.

Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Dr. Kyle Janek
Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Dr. Kyle Janek

FBI at Health Commission Asking About 21CT Deal

FBI agents have interviewed Texas Health and Human Services Commission employees about the agency's problematic contract with Austin firm 21CT, Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek said Thursday, the first time any official with direct knowledge of the FBI's involvement has confirmed it.

FBI at Health Commission Asking About 21CT Deal

Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Dr. Kyle Janek
Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Dr. Kyle Janek

FBI agents have interviewed Texas Health and Human Services Commission employees about the agency's problematic contract with Austin firm 21CT, Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek said Thursday, the first time any official with direct knowledge of the FBI's involvement has confirmed it.

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Visualization: Executions on Rick Perry's Watch

Bill Moving Public Integrity Unit to AG's Office is Senate-Bound

Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015
Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015

A measure that would yank the state's public corruption-fighting unit out of the Travis County district attorney's office and stick it in the Texas attorney general's office is headed for the full Senate. 

Case of "San Antonio Four" Set to Enter its Final Act

Anna Vasquez was released from prison in November 2012, after 12 years in prison. She and three other women are attempting to get exonerated after one of the alleged victims recanted in 2012.
Anna Vasquez was released from prison in November 2012, after 12 years in prison. She and three other women are attempting to get exonerated after one of the alleged victims recanted in 2012.

Four San Antonio women were convicted of molesting two girls in the 1990s, but one of the girls has since said they were coerced to make false accusations. The women's case is getting a new look.

House Gives Tentative OK to Border Security Bill

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, l, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on HB 11 border bill on March 18, 2015.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, l, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on HB 11 border bill on March 18, 2015.

Texas House members overwhelmingly gave tentative approval to a sweeping border-security measure on Wednesday that would increase the number of state troopers on the border and establish a catchall intelligence center in Hidalgo County. 

Prosecutor Accused of Misconduct in Disputed Texas Execution Case

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September 17, 2010 - Activist Jamie Bush attends the Texas Forensic Science Commission board meeting on September 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.
September 17, 2010 - Activist Jamie Bush attends the Texas Forensic Science Commission board meeting on September 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.

In a major turn in one of the country’s most-noted death penalty cases, the State Bar of Texas has filed a formal accusation of misconduct against the county prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham.