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Travis judges reject public defender, DA discretion the solution to budget constraints, crime deterrent from traffic stops minimal, and other stories

Here are a few browser clearing odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Travis County judges refuse state money for public defender office Travis County's bid to create a public-defender office isn't officially dead yet, but it may as well be after Presiding Judge Brenda Kennedy authored a letter saying local judges unanimously opposed the idea. Kennedy has urged judges not to speak for themselves and has thrown their support solidly behind the local criminal defense bar, which habitu...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, Virginia, Va, Nashville, Houston, Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, Harris County, Travis, George Powell, Texas Tribune, Texas Legislature, Acevedo, Travis County


Art Acevedo: Officer Lied In Affidavit Before Deadly Houston Raid

News from Texas: A lead investigator lied in an affidavit justifying a drug raid on a Houston home in which two residents were killed and four undercover officers were shot and wounded during a gun battle, the city’s police chief said Friday. In the search warrant that was used to justify entering the home, officers with the Houston Police Department’s narcotics unit had alleged that a confidential informant had bought heroin at the house the day before the Jan. 28 raid. The informant had also a...
Tags: Texas, Police, Military, Houston, Don, Houston Police Department, Acevedo, Goines, Art Acevedo, Dennis Tuttle, Rhogena Nicholas, Gerald Goines


"Paul Manafort should not be sentenced to 20 years in prison"

The title of this post is the headline of this new Hill commentary authored by David Oscar Markus. Here are excerpts: A jury has spoken on Paul Manafort. He was found guilty, and he should be punished. But his reported sentencing guideline range of 19.5-24.5 years is a good example of how our criminal justice system has lost its way. Once, when trials were common, our system was the envy of the world. Now, trials almost never occur. (In the 1980s, over 20 percent of cases went to trial while le...
Tags: Law, Dc, Houston, Olis, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, David Oscar Markus Here, James Olis, Dynegy Corporation in Houston Texas Olis, David Gerger


Why we know so little about the bad cop at the center of the botched Houston drug raid

A couple of weeks ago, Grits raised numerous questions about a drug-raid-gone-bad in Houston that left four officers shot and two homeowners and two of their dogs dead. Police-union leadership blamed police-accountability activists for the episode, and the mayor and city council members backed them up.Now, it turns out the informant identified in the search warrant may not exist, and the narcotics officer in question has a lengthy disciplinary history, though much of it only documented in closed...
Tags: Texas, Maryland, Law, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston Chronicle, Brady, Legislature, Bryant, Sheriff s Office, Harris County, Texas Legislature, Bexar County, Court of Criminal Appeals


Austin's Chief Manley blames victims for misunderstanding his victim-blaming comments

Austin Police Chief Bryan Manley apologized if rape victims felt he had blamed them in his department's coverup surrounding inflated sexual-assault clearance rates, but insisted he had never done so. Here's what he said."If my comments made survivors of sexual assault in my community feel like we were victim-blaming, then I absolutely apologize," Manley said in the interview. "Sitting here today, absolutely, if there are survivors in my community that felt like we were in any way victim-blaming ...
Tags: Law, Austin, Houston, Apd, DPS, Manley, Austin Police, Texas DPS, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin PD, Art Acevedo, Bryan Manley


Blind amputee robbed bank to get healthcare, Austin DNA lab may have caused false convictions, reconsidering extreme sentences, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention while mine is focused elsewhere: DNA-mixture errors may have resulted in false convictions Travis County has identified eleven possible false convictions in which people were convicted based on DNA evidence that later was corrected to make an earlier match "inconclusive." The cases will move forward as habeas corpus writs challenging old convictions. Twelve more cases where at least one evidence-match was changed to "inconclusive" ...
Tags: Law, Colorado, California, Austin, Houston, Vox, American Bar Association, Aba, Texas Rangers, Harris County, Lopez, Lubbock, Travis County, Murray Newman, Gritsforbreakfast, Kim Ogg


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Is needed by a global law firm for its Houston office.
Tags: Asia, Texas, Law, Job, Houston, Sponsored Content, Job Posting, Kinney Recruiting, Asia Chronicles


Austin Police Chief is the last person who should be giving other chiefs advice on rape-clearance rate data!

Bizarrely, Austin Police Chief Bryan Manley is scheduled to speak to the Major Cities Police Chiefs' Association in Washington D.C. this week to share "hard lessons he's learned" about how police categorize sexual assault cases.He's not ready. Manley hasn't yet taken responsibility for what happened or been held accountable for his cynical strategy to blame rape victims for APD-management malfeasance. Until he does, he shouldn't be lecturing anybody on this topic. In fact, this might be a good w...
Tags: Law, Washington, Austin, Houston, Apd, Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS, Manley, Austin Police, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin PD, Art Acevedo, Donegan, Bryan Manley, Major Cities Police Chiefs Association, Liz Donegan


Re-evaluating SWAT, Corruption alleged in UT-Dallas policing courses, Was Dallas PD staffing shortage spoken into existence?, and other stories

Here are a few browser-clearing odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Corruption alleged in UT-Dallas policing courses For years, reported the Dallas Morning News, UT-Dallas allowed police officers to enroll for a course, skip all their classes, and walk away with As. Wow. How did anybody ever think this was okay? Growing critiques of routine use of SWAT tactics Check out Jessica Pishko's coverage of a dubious Austin SWAT raid. Notably, a study last year found that "Militarization f...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Dallas Observer, Baylor, San Antonio, HARRIS, Jessica Pishko, Harris County, Brinkley, Cooke County, UT Dallas, DPD, Gritsforbreakfast


Houston Police Officer’s Union Statement On The Wrong Home SWAT Raid

Via Gryphon, Zero Hedge: We are sick and tired of having dirtbags try to take our lives when all we are trying to do is protect this community and protect our families… Well just know, we all got your number now. We are going to be keeping track of all of ya’ll, and we’re going to make sure we hold you accountable. Every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families. Enough is enough...
Tags: Police, America, Military, Union, Houston, Fallujah, Acevedo, Joe Gimaldi, Gilmaldi


Hiring more Harris Co. prosecutors would harm the rest of the system

In Houston, liberal advocacy groups, including the Texas Organizing Project, the Texas Civil Rights Project, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, are opposing Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg's request for 102 additional prosecutor slots. Ogg says the slots are needed to make dockets move quicker. But Grits would favor expanding the public-defender office by that much LONG before I'd support that many more ADAs. As it happens, an academic paper several years ago analyzed high prosec...
Tags: Law, Houston, Harris County, Harris Co, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Kim Ogg, OGG


LawNext Episode 27: Founder Eric Elfman On Onit’s $200M Investment

We thought 2018 was a banner year for investment in legal technology companies. But then, less than two weeks into 2019, the year got off to a roaring start with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. To discuss one of the largest investments ever in a legal technology company, cofounder and CEO Eric M. Elfman is our guest this week on LawNext. ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Law, New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Wolters Kluwer, Eric Smith, Bob Ambrogi, Elfman, LegalWeek, K1 Investment Management, LawNext, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Eric Elfman


Biglaw Partner Files $20 Million Lawsuit Over Alleged Rape

The plaintiff is described as a partner in the Houston office of a large international law firm who has practiced for 12 years.
Tags: Texas, Law, Sexual Assault, Rape, Houston, Biglaw, The Jabot


Art Acevedo Pushes Gun Control After Raiding The Wrong Home In Houston, Texas

Houston Chronicle: The day after four Houston police officers were shot while serving a search warrant in southeast Houston, Chief Art Acevedo once again called on lawmakers to find ways to reduce gun violence. “I would express my personal frustration at lawmakers that know we have a public health epidemic in this country we call gun violence,” Acevedo said at a news conference Tuesday morning related to the shooting. “It doesn’t just impact law enforcement. It crushes communities, tears apart f...
Tags: Police, Military, Houston, Houston Texas, Acevedo, Art Acevedo


Eleven unanswered questions about the botched police raid in Houston

Four officers were shot and two suspects and their dog are dead after a botched narcotics raid in Houston. Friends and family of the deceased say they were innocent victims. Obviously, I hope all the officers recover. But having watched this play out in the press for several days, Grits has questions.Here's the background: According to the search warrant, police claimed they sent a confidential informant into the home who had assisted in 10 or more prior investigations, all of which had led to a...
Tags: Texas, Law, Navy, Fox, Houston, Houston Chronicle, Jacob Sullum, Acevedo, Gritsforbreakfast, Joe Gamaldi, Mightn, Harris County District Attorney s Office, Houston Friends


Texas completes first execution of 2019

As reported in this local article, "Robert Jennings was on Texas’ death row for nearly 30 years.  On Wednesday, the 61-year-old was put to death in the nation’s first execution of 2019."  Here is more: Jennings was sentenced to death in the 1988 murder of Houston police officer Elston Howard.  According to court records, Jennings walked into an adult bookstore to rob it, and Howard was there arresting the store clerk for a municipal violation.  The clerk testified that Howard had no time to eve...
Tags: Texas, Law, Houston, Howard, U S Supreme Court, Jennings, Huntsville, Elston Howard, Douglas A Berman, Robert Jennings


Another Whopper Legaltech Investment: $83 Million in E-Discovery Company DISCO

It seemed like it would be tough to top 2018, which was a banner year for investments in legal technology, with the total hitting $1 billion. But then, two weeks ago, came  news of a $200 million strategic investment in Houston-based Onit, and now comes news of another major investment in a legal technology company_ $83 million in DISCO, an e-discovery company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Today’s announcement brings the total amount raised by DISCO to $135 million. In a statement, the company...
Tags: London, Disco, Law, Uncategorized, Toronto, Houston, Latin America, Bob Ambrogi, Comerica, Georgian Partners, E-Discovery, Austin Texas Today, Kiwi Camara, Onit, Laura Wooster, Tyson Baber


Another Whopper Legaltech Investment: $83 Million in E-Discovery Company DISCO

It seemed like it would be tough to top 2018, which was a banner year for investments in legal technology, with the total hitting $1 billion. But then, two weeks ago, came  news of a $200 million strategic investment in Houston-based Onit, and now comes news of another major investment in a legal technology company_ $83 million in DISCO, an e-discovery company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Today’s announcement brings the total amount raised by DISCO to $135 million. In a statement, the company...
Tags: London, Disco, Law, Uncategorized, Toronto, Houston, Latin America, Comerica, Georgian Partners, E-Discovery, Austin Texas Today, Kiwi Camara, Onit, Laura Wooster, Tyson Baber, Canada Europe Asia Australia


Bail litigation updates across Texas, and other stories

A bit of personal news: After Just Liberty's Executive Director, Shakira Pumphrey, left to join the new Texas House Speaker's staff to work on criminal-justice policy, your correspondent was elevated to her old post on an interim basis. Many thanks to Shakira for all her hard work for Just Liberty over the last two years, and good luck at the new gig! Meanwhile, as Grits struggles to fulfill his new admin duties, here are a few odds and ends that merit readers' attention. New Harris judges propo...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Rangers, Shakira, Houston, Texas Rangers, Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, Legislature, DPS, Harris County, Harris Co, Galveston, Hanks, 5th Circuit


New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments, I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. The investment was made by K1 Investment Man...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Houston, Eric Smith, Beaverton, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, Exterro, Elfman, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Leeds Equity Partners K1, Sackett Group


New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments, I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. The investment was made by K1 Investment Man...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Houston, Eric Smith, Beaverton, LegalZoom, Exterro, Elfman, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Leeds Equity Partners K1, Sackett Group, Wolters Kluwer Today


Innocence Project Math 101: Why it's certain eyewitnesses are still sending innocent people to prison in Texas

Our friends at the prosecutor association want to pretend Texas has solved its problem with eyewitnesses falsely identifying innocent suspects after Texas passed non-binding guidelines for police lineups in 2011. Shannon Edmonds last night was crowing on Twitter that the last exoneration based a false ID in Texas was in 2010, and the state had solved the problem in 2011.This is such a disingenuous claim I thought I'd dissect it without the 140 character limitations.Texas hasn't seen more eyewitn...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York Times, The Times, Dallas, Houston, Times, Legislature, Shannon, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCAA, 14th Court of Appeals, Shannon Edmonds


Top Texas #CJreform Stories of 2018

Passage of the First Step Act was clearly the biggest criminal justice policy story of 2018, and congrats to all the Texans who were a part of that. But Grits wanted to take a moment to identify the biggest state-level Texas criminal-justice stories of the year. Here's the list I came up with. Let me know what else you think should have been included.1. Elections: Creuzot, Gonzalez, in, Abel Reyna, Nico Lahood out; Harris Co. and appellate courts sweep Democrat: Texas statewide races failed to "...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington, Austin, Gop, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Ward, Houston Chronicle, HARRIS, Legislature, Lone Star State, Huntsville


Spotlighting how FIRST STEP Act implementation challenges and uncertainty has already begun

A week ago the FIRST STEP Act was signed into law, and my first post celebrating this achievement stressed the challenging and critical work of implementing the law well.  Today, this new Washington Examiner piece, headlined "Prisoners due for release under First Step Act stuck in limbo," spotlights that implementation difficulties have already begun.  Here are excerpts: President Trump shortened the sentences of thousands of prisoners by signing the First Step Act days before Christmas.  But o...
Tags: Law, Congress, Houston, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Henderson, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Washington Examiner, DSCC, Shipp, Ajamu, Bureau of Prisons, Republican Study Committee, Douglas A Berman, Steve Henderson


Brennan Center releases its latest (encouraging) accounting of crime in 2018

Ames Grawert and and Cameron Kimble at The Brennan Center have produced this new report titled "Crime in 2018: Updated Analysis."  Here is how it gets started: In September, the Brennan Center analyzed available crime data from the nation’s 30 largest cities, estimating that these cities would see a decline in crime and murder in 2018. Our report, Crime and Murder in 2018: A Preliminary Analysis, concluded that crime and murder in 2018 are again declining nationwide, continuing the historic dow...
Tags: Law, Washington, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, Brennan Center, Douglas A Berman, Ames Grawert, Cameron Kimble


Texas courts already know how to handle debt without incarceration; now the #txlege should apply those lessons to Class C misdemeanor fines

In a private conversation, a frequent #cjreform opponent recently criticized a proposal endorsed by both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms in Texas to eliminate arrests for non-payment of Class C misdemeanor debt."So you're just saying they shouldn't be punished?," our critic wondered, in an exasperated voice. "How is that justice? Should they face no consequence at all?"We're going to be hearing this argument a lot in the coming months, so let's address it.First, of course, no one i...
Tags: Texas, Law, US, Dallas, Houston, Federal Reserve, Forbes, El Paso, Democratic Party, Plano, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Justices


"The remains of former President George Herbert Walker Bush will return to Washington in the most dramatic and distinguished fashion possible, occupying the plane that normally serves as Air Force One."

"President Donald Trump told reporters of the plan aboard the aircraft as they returned from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 'So what we’re doing with the plane – we land, and then they come in, and these are great people that run these aircraft. They are unbelievable,' he said. 'And they’re taking apart – I don’t think this section. The section up front, They’re taking all of the seats out. ... We’re sending the plane, this plane, to Houston. And it picks up the casket.'"The Daily Ma...
Tags: Law, Washington, Airplanes, Houston, Donald Trump, Buenos Aires Argentina, George Herbert Walker Bush, Ann Althouse, Bush I, President Trump


Prison-reform pioneer passes, bail-algorithm debate heads to Dallas, political parties want consent for auto searches documented, and other stories

With a few work items out of the way, today, it's time for a roundup post to clear Grits' browser tabs to start the week: Ray Hill is dead; long live Ray Hill! One of Texas' best known prison reform and LGBTQ activists, Ray Hill, founder of The Prison Show radio broadcast on KPFT, a public radio station in Houston, passed away over the holiday. Go read his obituary from the Houston Chronicle. He was an unforgettable character and a Texas justice reform pioneer. Bail algorithm debate heads to Dal...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Germany, Indiana, Austin, Mitch McConnell, Dallas, Espn, Houston, Baylor, US supreme court, Depaul, Roberts Court, TSC, KPFT


Two Dirty Little Secrets About the 'Distracted Driving' Debate

The Houston Chronicle has published a series on traffic deaths which, from Grits' observation, mostly has repeated tropes from self-interested secondary sources rather than investigate causes and solutions.  Only one article in the series - on traffic engineering - advocated for solutions Grits believes would significantly contribute to traffic-death reductions. The rest gave platforms for elites to promote their own, self-interested agendas.Readers will recall the Chron's extended advocacy piec...
Tags: Texas, Law, House, Houston, Houston Chronicle, Legislature, Department of Public Safety, Chronicle, Permian Basin, Chron, Eagle Ford, Gritsforbreakfast, Tom Craddick


Reasonably Suspicious podcast: TX elections through a #cjreform lens, artists confront the justice system, update on Austin police contract victory, and a bid to ban forensic hypnosis from Texas courtrooms

If you find yourself with a spare 45 minutes over the holiday, or get bored on the ride home from Grandma's, here's the November 2018 episode of Just Liberty's Reasonably Suspicious podcast. As always, you can also listen to it on iTunes, Google Play, and SoundCloud. This month: Top Stories Elections: DA race updates; judicial races, and #cjreform implications for Harris County turning blue.Artists confront the justice system in exhibit at Houston museum. Interview Kathy Mitchell on the Austin ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Ted Cruz, Bill, Houston, TX, Kathy Mitchell, Harris County, Gritsforbreakfast, Blank Austin PD



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