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Law Professors Have Created an Algorithm to Predict Supreme Court Cases

Posted on · Predicting court cases can be difficult, but a professor at the South Texas College of Law says he and his colleagues have built a model that’s pretty close. Josh Blackman says they’ve created an algorithm that correctly predicts many of the cases decided by the Supreme Court since 1953. But how accurate is it?

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Falls Short: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Posted on · Late Monday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman announced opponents of the recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance fell short of the signatures required to trigger a November vote to consider repealing the measure. While they had gathered enough raw signatures, thousands were on pages not collected based on the city charter’s legal standards and […]

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What Do The Latest Supreme Court Rulings Mean For Texas?

Posted on · The Supreme Court’s latest session has nearly drawn to a close. The High Court has issued opinions and decisions in the final weeks in several widely anticipated cases, involving ones involving cell phone privacy and buffer zones around abortion clinics. And by the end of the day Monday, the Court’s expected to issue its decision in a case questioning whether a […]

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Supreme Court, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and Paula Poundstone: Houston Matters for Friday, June 27, 2014

Posted on · The Supreme Court’s latest session has nearly drawn to a close. The High Court has issued opinions and decisions in the final weeks in several widely anticipated cases, involving ones involving cell phone privacy and buffer zones around abortion clinics. And by the end of the day Monday, the Court’s expected to issue its decision […]

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What Does the Ashby High-Rise Case Mean for Development in Houston?

Posted on · Last year, nearly two dozen residents near Rice Village sued to stop development of a 21 story residential tower. Jurors decided the so-called “Ashby High-Rise” would create a nuisance. Developers appealed, and now the case is before a Harris County judge. We discuss this seven-year-long battle between residents and developers, and how it represents what one of our […]

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The 28th Amendment, Healthcare Enrollment & Steve Tyrell: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for a […]

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What Does the Court Ruling Against Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Ban Mean for the State?

Posted on · A federal judge in San Antonio Wednesday struck down the same sex marriage ban here in Texas. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying it deprives citizens equal protection under the law. But he also elected to delay the effect of his ruling while the state of Texas appeals. We discuss the […]