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News Archive - November 2011

Judge in Hasan trial denies motion to recuse himself

A military judge presiding over the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan in Fort Hood today denied a defense motion to recuse himself because he was on the post at the time of the 2009 shooting. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [11/30/2011]

Judge to decide whether government will pay for Fort Hood shooting suspect’s defense experts

A military judge was expected to rule Wednesday on whether the government should pay for two defense experts on behalf of an Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [11/30/2011]

Texas Supreme Court upholds main state business tax

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state's main business tax does not violate the state constitution. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [11/29/2011]

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray sentenced to 4 years in prison

The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars today. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [11/29/2011]

Tarrant County court program helps youths in trouble with the law

The program, Youth Offender Diversion Alternative, is aimed at addressing the rise in Tarrant County of family violence cases involving people ages 17 to 25. Read the story. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) [11/28/2011]

Candidates file while state challenges court-drawn maps

Today's the day candidates can begin filing for office, and they now know what districts they're seeking to represent. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [11/28/2011]

Judges, officials, others honor new U.S. attorney

A host of county, state and federal judges and heads of law enforcement agencies, elected officials and others gathered inside the UT Tower to formally recognize Robert Pitman's recent confirmation as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [11/23/2011]

Bar association panel rejects several Obama prospects for judgeships

The American Bar Association has rejected a significant number of President Barack Obama's potential judicial nominees, slowing White House efforts to fill vacant judgeships. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [11/23/2011]

Help for Texas homeowners as foreclosures rise

Home foreclosures are on the rise again, up 7 percent last month nationally - a seven-month high, according to RealtyTrac. Read the story. (El Paso Inc) [11/22/2011]

Gates testifies in $1B lawsuit against Microsoft

Bill Gates, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder, testified Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the creator of WordPerfect. Read the story. (Amarillo Globe-News) [11/22/2011]

As pipelines multiply, more eminent domain fights likely

A decision has been winding its way through the Texas court system, and along with some legislative changes that went into effect in September, could represent a small step in giving landowners a larger voice in eminent domain battles. Read the story. (Houston Chronicle) [11/21/2011]

Ouisa Davis: Legal aid fair reaches out to military and families

On Saturday, the El Paso Bar Association will hold its annual legal aid fair targeted to support the legal needs of active service-members and veterans. Read the story. (El Paso Times) [11/18/2011]

First of the oral history

A new partnership effort between the Texas Court Reporters Association and the Texas State Bar Association was formed to acquire the oral history of veterans from all branches of the military. Read the story. (Athens Daily Review) [11/17/2011]

Texas Young Lawyers Association reminds citizens of their duty to report child abuse

The Texas Young Lawyers Association created the award-winning multi-media project, “The Little Voice - Recognizing Child Abuse and Your Duty to Report It,” to raise awareness about our statutory obligation in Texas to report child abuse. Read the story. (Rusk Cherokeean Herald) [11/16/2011]

Congress proposes cuts to legal aid funding

A spending agreement reached by congressional leaders late Monday would cut almost $5 million from the three largest organizations that provide legal aid to low-income Texans. Read the story. (Austin American Statesman) [11/16/2011]

May trial date set for Aldawsari

A federal judge on Tuesday pushed back until May the trial date of suspected terrorist Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari. Read the story. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) [11/16/2011]

Luncheon offers legal-career tips for students

The San Antonio chapter of the Federal Bar Association is sponsoring a luncheon to encourage young men attending the Fox Tech Law and Research Magnet Program to consider a career in the legal field. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [11/15/2011]

Free legal aid available for veterans

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit one of two upcoming free legal clinics scheduled in conjunction with the new Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations to provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 14 counties in Southeast Texas. Read the story. (Fort Bend Sun) [11/14/2011]

Vets' oral histories written down

About 15 veterans were interviewed Friday at The Towers on Park Lane, next to Fort Sam Houston. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [11/14/2011]

Results of 10 constitutional amendments on Texas ballot

Texas voters have approved seven constitutional amendments that will allow new cooperation between cities and counties, give the governor more power to issue pardons, and borrow more money for student loans. Read the story. (Dallas WFAA (ABC) 8) [11/10/2011]

Veterans Day honors heroes

Several laws were passed earlier this year to show appreciation to veterans, who have fought for, defended, and preserved our freedoms. Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [11/10/2011]

Diversity awards: Letting dreams fly

The annual "Celebration of Diversification" award ceremony was held at the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.

Read the story. (San Angelo Standard Times) [11/09/2011]

U. S. Justice Department officials visit Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School

U. S. Justice Department officials met with students and faculty at Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School in Dallas this afternoon, the U. S. Attorney's office announced today. Read the story. (Dallas Morning News) [11/09/2011]

Redistricting faces trial in D.C.

A federal court in Washington has denied the Texas attorney general's request that the state's redistricting plans be approved without a full trial.

Read the story. (San Antonio Express-News) [11/09/2011]

TYLA to propose new rules for president-elect campaigns

At its November meeting, the Texas Young Lawyers Association board of directors will vote on new president-elect campaign rules, modeled after revised rules the State Bar of Texas approved in September. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [11/08/2011]

Supreme Court to weigh juveniles' life sentences without parole

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider putting a new national limit on life sentences for juveniles who are age 14 or younger. Read the story. (Los Angeles Times) [11/08/2011]

Veterans history project launched in Liberty County

Members of the Texas Court Reporters Association and the Liberty County Bar Association are inviting all local veterans to tell their story of military service on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Liberty County Courthouse. Read the story. (Cleveland Advocate) [11/07/2011]

Williamson County celebrates its 100-year-old courthouse

Small repairs, periodic updates, and a nearly $10 million restoration in 2007 have wiped away much of the building's 100 years, but little traces of the Williamson County Courthouse's past remain. Read the story. (Austin American-Statesman) [11/07/2011]

State Bar of Texas gives $1.75 million for the Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The State Bar of Texas has given $1.75 million to fill the coffers of a school-loan repayment program for legal-aid lawyers. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [11/04/2011]

The Getty Museum is in a legal fight over Armenian Bible pages

Armenian Orthodox Church seeks eight pages of the Zeyt'un Gospels that the Getty Museum bought in 1994. Read the story. (Los Angeles Times) [11/04/2011]

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman speaks at Winning Women luncheon

Eva Guzman, a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, was keynote speaker at a luncheon honoring the 20 female lawyers named Winning Women by Texas Lawyer. Read the story. (Texas Lawyer) [11/03/2011]

Smith County Bar Foundation to be recognized

The Smith County Bar Foundation will be honored on Friday for helping residents who can’t afford legal help to get access to it. Read the story. (Tyler Morning Telegraph) [11/03/2011]

Ruling in favor of landowners says to resolve area water dispute

A district judge in Austin sided with Northeast Texas landowners and a timber company Monday, ordering a state water agency to resolve a dispute over whether Dallas will build Marvin Nichols Reservoir. Read the story. (Longview News) [11/02/2011]

Texas ends deal with psychiatrist over race testimony

The Texas Youth Commission terminated its contract Friday with a psychiatrist who testified repeatedly in death penalty cases that Hispanic and black men were more likely to be dangerous in the future. Read the story. (Texas Tribune) [11/01/2011]

 

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