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Over $10 Million in Attorney’s Fees Awarded by Judge in School Finance Lawsuit

HOUSTON, Texas -- The state judge in Austin, Texas hearing the school finance case has awarded plaintiffs approximately $10 million dollars in attorney’s fees. The award could be even higher depending on what kind of appeal is brought by the State. Judge John K. Dietz ruled that the award met the legal standard for attorney fee awards in Texas. He has ordered the fees paid by the State and other defendants as the non-prevailing parties. Judge Dietz ruled that the attorney’s fees are “reasonable and necessary” and “equitable and just.” Sep 12, 2014 5:17 AM PT

Texas Comptroller Campaign by Democrat Collier Against Republican Senator Hegar Negative but Ineffective

HOUSTON, Texas -- Political races typically heat-up after Labor Day; however, there is one statewide race that has been pretty heated, at least by one of the candidates, for many months prior to this holiday. The race for Texas Comptroller is a tale of contrasts. Senator Glenn Hegar is running a positive and effective grassroots effort and his internal polling numbers give him a 21-point lead. His opponent, Mike Collier, is running one of the most consistently negative campaigns in the state. Breitbart Texas was at the Democratic Convention this summer when Collier took the stage and campaigned against his Republican opponent. His campaign style has escalated and he has spent over $1 million dollars on negative television ads. Collier has also spent thousands of dollars on digital attack ads. Sep 10, 2014 5:57 AM PT

Houston METRO Using Heavy-Handed Tactics to Prevent Merger with Houston PD

HOUSTON, Texas – The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston (“METRO”) has been sued by a decorated Master Peace Officer and immediate past statewide president of the Fraternal Order of Police (“FOP”). The officer has sued for harassment, racial discrimination, and retaliation. The officer told Breitbart Texas that he was demoted because of his support for FOP union activities, including his support for fellow METRO officers, and his support for the City of Houston Police Department and METRO merger. The lawsuit alleges that METRO officials have conceded that the retaliation was greatly influenced by the officer’s FOP activity. Lozano and the FOP actively supported Officer William Hernandez who had filed a discrimination and retaliation case against METRO. Hernandez won his suit in January after a federal jury found that METRO superiors retaliated when he challenged the hiring process. Sep 3, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Who Decides Perry’s Fate If Convicted?

HOUSTON, Texas – The recent indictments of Governor Rick Perry has brought attention to the criminal justice system in Texas. The question of who selects special prosecutors and grand jurors, and how a criminal case runs its course through the criminal judicial system, are all in the mind of the public. Tom Delay’s appeal was recently argued in the highest criminal court in Texas, but many voters are not acquainted with that court, or its candidates. More voters are now seeing the significance of their vote in these races where the constitutional issues of life, liberty, due process, and the death penalty are at stake. So who are the candidates seeking to determine these important constitutional issues? Sep 2, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Stilettos, Pick Axes, Bed Frames And Other Murder Trial Evidence

HOUSTON, Texas – The criminal evidence room maintained by Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel is full of history and drama. The famous bed Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler used to straddle a fellow prosecutor is in that room. Brandishing the knife used by Susan Wright in a famous murder case, Siegler showed the jury how Wright stabbed her husband 193 times after she strapped him to the bed. Sep 2, 2014 5:30 AM PT

Houston Family Stuck In Dillards Elevator

HOUSTON, Texas -- A 29-year-old father, his seven-month-old baby, and the baby’s mother were stranded in the elevator of the Houston area Baybrook Dillard Department store on Sunday. The father said that management knew that the elevator was not working but was negligent in not properly notifying customers. After they had been trapped in the elevator and were released, management pretended that customers had been notified of the problems with the elevator. The father asked Breitbart Texas “What if a small child had gotten on the elevator!?” Aug 19, 2014 6:04 AM PT

Analysis: Has Governor Perry Committed a Crime Under Texas Law?

HOUSTON, Texas -- Liberals and conservatives have criticized the indictments of Presidential contender and the longest-serving Governor of Texas, Governor Rick Perry. Left of center activists, and David Axelrod, a political consultant based in Chicago (a political advisor to both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), have seriously questioned the indictments. Senator Cruz, a former Texas Solicitor General and a Harvard Law graduate, called the indictments “highly suspect.” The Washington Post has published articles examining Texas law and concluded that the indictments are “unsound.” What does Texas criminal law provide, and has the Governor really committed an offense? Aug 18, 2014 8:54 AM PT

Texas Lawyers Being Trained To Help Eligible UAC Get Special Protections

HOUSTON, Texas -- Federal law gives eligible unaccompanied immigrant children (“UACs”) who have entered the country illegally special protections. Hundreds of lawyers and others in Houston, Texas, recently attended a legal seminar hosted by Democrat Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan. Breitbart Texas was there. The program was co-sponsored by area law schools and law firms, and a number of non-profit organizations, including Catholic Charities. The purpose of the seminar was to instruct lawyers how to provide pro bono (volunteer) representation to unaccompanied minors in Texas juvenile and family courts. Aug 11, 2014 8:53 AM PT

Texas Judge Orders Removal of YouTube Video Exposing Abuse in Foster Care System

HOUSTON, Texas -- In a continuing cover-up by Child Protective Services (“CPS’) in Texas, Judge Keith Dean this week ordered the removal of a YouTube video produced by a 13-year-old boy that exposes the sexual and physical abuse that he and his brother endured while in CPS foster care. The video also reveals the 377-day nightmare suffered by him and his six siblings after they were ripped from their loving family and placed in four different foster care facilities out of county. The mother told Breitbart Texas “they are trying to rake this abuse under the rug.” Breitbart Texas has procured the YouTube video from a source outside the family. Aug 11, 2014 5:44 AM PT

Creighton Unites Peace Officers to Help Counties in Border Crisis

HOUSTON, Texas--Brandon Creighton, State Rep. and Republican candidate for Senate District 4, has called a meeting of law enforcement personnel in an effort to address the problems on the Texas border. Creighton told Breitbart Texas that he preferred taking real action over photo-ops, and coming up with concrete solutions over rhetoric. His idea is to provide local peace officers on the border to help DPS and the National Guard. Jul 31, 2014 7:41 AM PT

Former CPS Supervisor Arrested for Felony Evidence Tampering

HOUSTON, Texas--An Abilene television news station has reported that a former Child Protective Services (CPS) supervisor was arrested on Saturday on a tampering of evidence charge. The felony charge stems from actions in a highly publicized 2012 Abilene child dehydration and starvation death case. Jul 29, 2014 9:27 AM PT

Texas Nonprofit Director 'Encourages' Travis County DA to Investigate Paxton

HOUSTON, Texas--A letter penned from the director of an Austin-based non-profit funded by the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), and a foundation whose top political recipient is reported to be the Ready for Hillary PAC, has “encourage[d]” the Travis County District Attorney to investigate Republican Attorney General nominee Senator Ken Paxton. Jul 28, 2014 10:06 AM PT

Illegal Honduran Girl in CPS Custody After Mother Gunned Down Repatriated

HOUSTON, Texas—A young native Honduran girl whose mother was gunned down in the streets of Houston was taken into Child Protective Services (CPS) custody after her mother’s death. Both the girl and her mother were in the country illegally. This week, the 7-year-old girl was returned to her father in Honduras. Relatives in the U.S. were afraid they might end up like the child’s mother and were not willing to take the girl. Rumors of a drug cartel related death made them hesitant to do so. Jul 24, 2014 5:42 AM PT

'Undocumented and Unafraid': Pro-Amnesty Protesters Gather in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas--A "National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform/Amnesty and Border Surge” was held on Friday in cities all over Texas and the nation. Breitbart Texas was at the protest at the Mexican Consulate in Houston and videotaped pro-amnesty supporters shouting, “Undocumented and Unafraid” and “Liberation Not Deportation!” They pointed to themselves and shouted, “This is what Democracy looks like” then pointed to protesters across the street and shouted, “That is what Racism looks like.” They also shouted, “We ARE Home!” Jul 19, 2014 8:32 AM PT

Holder Trying to Exploit Redistricting Battle

HOUSTON, Texas—This phase of trial of Texas' redistricting battle, including the House maps, is expected to end on Friday in federal district court in San Antonio. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is using this Texas redistricting lawsuit (Perez v. Perry) to argue that Texas should be subject to the preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Jul 17, 2014 7:18 AM PT

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