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Expert: One TX Gay Divorce Case Likely Won’t Affect The Other

Posted on · A judge in Austin says the state attorney general can 'not' intervene in a same-sex divorce case in Travis County. A Houston constitutional law expert believes the ruling, which lets the divorce stand, probably won't have much bearing on 'another' same-sex divorce case scheduled to be heard in a state appeals court later this month. David Pitman has more.

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Judge Rescinds Death Penalty Ruling

Posted on · A Houston judge who ruled the death penalty is unconstitutional has rescinded that ruling. His decision allows attorneys on both sides of a death penalty case to present briefings on the validity of capital punishment. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Harris County Okays Public Defenders Office

Posted on · Harris County Commissioners unanimously approve creation of a public defenders office. The move will change the way indigent defendants receive legal representation in the county. Rod Rice reports that an advocate for the change calls it a "big step in the right direction."

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Service Honors Law Enforcement

Posted on · Members of the Harris County Sheriff's Office take part in a religious service at Sacred Heart co-cathedral downtown. The "blue mass" is a tradition in many dioceses around the country for law enforcement officers to gather in celebration and blessing for their work on behalf of the community. Pat Hernandez has more.

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SCOTUS Rules on Judges and Campaign Donations

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled elected judges must step aside from cases involving people who've made big donations to their campaigns. A former Texas Supreme Court judge says this won't have much impact in Texas, as Jim Bell reports.

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Lawsuit Claims Debt Settlement Fraud

Posted on · Four debt settlement companies are being sued by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. They're accused of misleading their customers with claims to eliminate or reduce their debt. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Municipal Court Amnesty

Posted on · The City of Houston Municipal Court will conduct another of its periodic "amnesty" periods for two weeks starting tomorrow. It's a chance for people to clear up their "unfinished business" with the city's traffic courts. Jim Bell reports.

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Inadequate Security in Juvenile Courts

Posted on · Harris County commissioners are confronted with an issue of inadequate security at the county's Juvenile Justice Center. Judges say there aren't enough bailiffs on duty to maintain order and safety in the courtrooms. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports.