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News Archive - January 2011

Coming Monday (Possibly): Another Big Ruling on the

Roger Vinson, a federal judge in Pensacola, Fla., is slated Monday to issue his long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the health care law, passed back in March. Read the story. (Wall Street Journal Law Blog) [01/31/2011]

Veterans’ guide arrives

A resource book for veterans, "Resources for East Texas Veterans & Their Families,” is now available at 20 locations throughout the area. Read the story. (Jacksonville Daily Progress) [01/28/2011 ]

With Super Bowl going on, less jury duty for some residents

Because of some major Super Bowl-related events in downtown Fort Worth, Tarrant County judges have decided to scale back jury summons next week. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [01/28/2011]

Taco Bell defends beef, calls suit “bogus”

Taco Bell’s president has responded to a California woman's lawsuit about its taco meat filling. Read the story. (ABC News) [01/27/2011]

Texas Senate clears voter ID legislation

The state Senate pushed through a bill that requires most Texas voters to show photo identification. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [01/27/2011]

Voter ID fight sets stage for legal

With passage of a photo voter ID bill all but certain in the Texas Senate, Democratic senators seek to demonstrate that such a law would suppress minority voter turnout in possible violation of the federal Voting Rights Act. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [01/26/2011]

Hasan ruled sane; faces capital trial

An Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people and wounding dozens more in a Fort Hood shooting spree has been ruled sane by a panel charged with deciding his fitness to face trial. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [01/26/2011]

Retired judge holds alleged thieves at gunpoint

A retired Texas judge with a lifetime in law enforcement says he interrupted a copper theft and held two men at gunpoint until Webster Parish deputies arrived. Read the story. (Athens Review) [01/26/2011]

Senate's first budget attempt spreads painful cuts around

A $158.7 billion, two-year starting-point measure filed Monday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Steve Ogden would slash $28.8 billion, or 15.4 percent. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [01/25/2011]

SEC, in split vote, adopts 'Say on Pay' rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday adopted rules requiring advisory votes on executive pay and golden-parachute arrangements at U.S.-listed companies. Read the story. (The Wall Street Journal) [01/25/2011]

Supreme Court says fiancé of complaining worker protected from retaliation

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that a man who was fired after his fiance filed a complaint against their mutual employer may sue for illegal retaliation. Read the story. (The Washington Post) [1/24/2011]

Feds want future Loughner hearings in Tuscon

Federal prosecutors are asking that future court proceedings in the Jared Loughner case be held in Tucson rather than in Phoenix, which was the site of the suspect's only court appearance thus far. Read the story. (Politico.com)

[1/24/2011]

New study finds court flaws in foster care system

A new study commissioned by the state found that thousands of children bounce around in the foster care system for years and never find a permanent home, partly because of flaws in the judicial system.

Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [1/21/2011]

The 82nd Legislature: Painful cuts even have GOP

Three of four GOP lawmakers whose community colleges would lose state funding under a starting-point, bare-bones budget proposal publicly decried the proposed losses Wednesday. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [01/20/2011]

Federal judge John Roll called a hero

Surveillance video from the scene of the Arizona shooting shows Judge John Roll shielding another man. Read the story. (Wall Street Journal Law Blog) [1/19/2011]

High court declines to hear challenge to D.C.'s gay marriage law

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not hear a challenge to the District's 10-month-old same-sex marriage law.

Read the story. (The Washington Post) [1/19/2011]

Support growing for bill to allow Texans clean record, probation for DWI

A bill that would allow first-time drunken drivers to avoid a final conviction on their record after completing probation is gaining momentum among legislators. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [01/18/2011]

Harris County jurors asked to deliver historic 'pill mill' ruling

Jurors were asked to take a historic stand today against rogue "pill mills" — who churn out so many addictive drugs that Houston has become a national hub for prescription. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [01/18/2011]

Lawyer At UMC Offers Legal Help To Patients

A new program for infants has lawyers and doctors working together at University Medical Center in El Paso. Read the story. (El Paso KVIA (ABC) 7) [ 01/14/2011]

Attorney by day, artist by night

Wichita Falls attorney Gene Douglass has a thriving law practice but his true passion is creating stained glass art. Read the story. (Times Record News) [1/12/2011]

San Angelo City Council adopts smoking ban

A new non-smoking ordinance takes effect February 10 in San Angelo. Read the story. (San Angelo Standard-Times) [1/12/2011]

Lawyer tries to give hope to hopeless

Ouisa D. Davis is chief of El Paso County's Friend of the Court division, Family Law Information Center. Read the story.(El Paso Times) [01/11/2011]

Assistant city attorney immerses self in details

Profile: Wichita Falls first assistant city attorney Julia Vasquez. Read the story. (Times Record News) [1/10/2011]

Judge orders Stanford to get drug treatment

Accused swindler R. Allen Stanford cannot be tried until he undergoes detoxification from addictions to medications he's received in jail. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [1/7/2011]

Kathy Bates stars in new legal drama about a fired lawyer

Kathy Bates is the lead in a new TV series by the creator of Ally McBeal, Boston Legal and The Practice. Read the story. (ABA Journal) [1/7/2011]

Harris Co. offers behind-the-scenes tour of law enforcement

The Citizens Police Academy is a 13-week program designed to show people procedures at the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [01/06/2011]

Crime commission calls for sobriety checkpoints

The North Texas Crime Commission is pushing lawmakers to pass sobriety checkpoints this legislative session. Read the story. (KERA Radio) [01/06/2011]

New judges arrive to find disorder in Dallas court

Some Dallas County courtrooms had to be shutdown on Tuesday because several new judges didn't have the furniture needed todo their jobs. Read the story. (Dallas WFAA (ABC) 8) [01/05/2011]

Busting the filibuster: might it happen?

When the 112th Congress convenes, the Senate will consider changing its filibuster rules. Read the story. (Wall Street Journal Law Blog) [1/3/2011]