Houston Matters

Could the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Impact Death Penalty Cases in Texas?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court this week (April 3, 2017) agreed to hear yet another Texas death penalty case. This one involves a Honduran national convicted of murder during a home invasion here in Houston. That announcement comes just a week (March 28, 2017) after the High Court rejected the state’s standard for mental disability in […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Mental Disability in Death Penalty Cases, and a Spat in Pasadena: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on: […]

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School Funding and Houston in the 1860s: Thursday’s Show (September 10, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, (Tuesday 9/1/15), the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether the way the state funds public schools is constitutional. The case dates back to 2011, when the Texas Legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education in Texas. Some 600 school districts challenged the funding system. A state district court judge […]