An illegal alien was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for attempting to transport a fourteen-year-old girl across the country with the intent to have sexual relations. He was arrested at the Jacksonville, Florida, airport while waiting to pick up the child he believed was arriving on a flight from Las Vegas, Nevada. When questioned by police during the investigation, he admitted to law enforcement that he had entered the country by paying a smuggler to help him cross the border in Laredo, Texas.
A bill in the Texas Legislature proposed by two pro-life state legislators would, under limited circumstances, provide for legal representation of an unborn child. The law would provide for the appointment of an ad litem attorney for an unborn child in the event the mother is declared brain dead.
In a 6-3 opinion this week, the United States Supreme Court evaluated the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and devised a new test for determining discrimination claims for employees who become pregnant. America’s highest court reversed a decision by a lower court holding that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act does not give pregnant women “a ‘most favored nation’ status.” A United Parcel Service (UPS) worker sued UPS because they did not put her in a lighter-duty position after she became pregnant.
Texas Lawyer magazine has reported that Walmart sent an email to the magazine saying that its decision to ask an injured toddler to be present during jury selection was a mistake. The legal publication had shed light on the issue after Walmart filed a motion seeking to compel the child’s attendance. The email was sent two days after the motion was filed.
Agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have admitted to attending “sex parties” with prostitutes that were hired by drug cartels while on assignment in Columbia. The admission came during an investigation by the Department of Justice that began after a 2012 prostitution scandal in Columbia was uncovered that involved agents of the United States Secret Service.
Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor granted the State of Texas’ request for a stay against the Obama Administration in a lawsuit regarding regulations pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Court’s action blocks the Administration from implementing a new rule requiring businesses to give same-sex couples access to the Act’s benefits even if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages.
One person is dead and at least three others are being treated for injuries after a semi-truck allegedly struck an overpass beam on Interstate 35 near Salado in Central Texas. The truck struck a beam on an overpass that is currently being constructed on FM 2484 where it crosses I-35. The accident caused concrete beams to fall onto vehicles on the highway below.
HOUSTON, Texas – A Houston couple will, once again, face federal trial for making and distributing “animal crush videos” depicting the torture and killing of animals after the Supreme Court of the United States declined to accept appellate review. Federal District Court Judge Sim Lake previously dismissed the charges against Ashley Nichole Richards and Brent Justice -- calling the videos protected free speech.
Texas House Representative James White (R-Woodville) has filed H.B. 547 relating to the creation and dissolution of a covenant marriage. The law would allow couples to select to enter into an agreement for a covenant marriage. The law applies to populations between 54,000 and 56,000 in which more than 250 divorces are granted each year, or to counties where the commissioners court in the county have adopted an order authorizing persons to enter into covenant marriages. Bills providing for covenant marriages in Texas have not been successful in the past.
Democratic Ex-Judge Carlos Cortez, the Dallas judge who received national media attention when his girlfriend accused him of assaulting her, and leaning her precariously over a balcony, and threatening to kill her, has received a public warning by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. It was not this action, but his statements taped by his ex-girlfriend about his campaign reports that got him admonished. In its Public Warning, the Commission stated it started its investigation because of “widespread,” local, state, and national stories about his conduct, which included allegations of criminal conduct. The Commission also issued the order because his outrageous conduct cast the judiciary as a whole in a bad light.
A bill has been filed in the Texas State Legislature that would require the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Law Examiners to study online law schools, and the licensing of lawyers who obtain degrees online or through correspondence schools. It would also mandate a study of the licensing of attorneys in this state who become licensed in other states through apprenticeship programs.
A Democrat Texas legislator has filed a bill that would allow the removal of life support from a pregnant woman. The bill would repeal section 166.049 of the Texas Health and Safety Code providing that a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient. The law is entitled “Marlise’s Law.” Marlise Munoz was removed from life support when she was 23-weeks pregnant. She was kept on life support for eight weeks before life support was terminated.
The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday, March 23rd, in a case deciding whether the State of Texas acted unconstitutionally in disallowing the sale of a license plate displaying the Confederate Flag. The Texas Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) argue that the free speech rights of their members have been violated by the rejection of their 2009 application for the license plate. The license plate bears the Confederate flag and the words “Sons of Confederate Veterans 1896.”
A bill has been filed in Texas which would simplify where one may lawfully use the W.C. It is designed to address controversial city ordinances, as in Houston, which would open bathrooms, showers, and dressing facilities to all, regardless of
The prospect of having non-Texans manage the Alamo has many Texans seeing red. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush released a statement late last week saying the Alamo belongs to Texans. He also told Texans there would be “a nationwide search for a new management company.”
Texas State House Representative Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) is going forward with a Religious Freedoms measure apparently abandoned by Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). Krause’s bill proposes a constitutional amendment which would bar counties, cities, and homeowners associations from interfering “in any way a person’s free exercise of religion.” The amendment is intended to address ordinances passed in Houston, San Antonio, and Plano that target business owners who exercise their religious beliefs about sexual orientation.
AUSTIN, Texas – Legislators from the Texas State House of Representatives, took to their chairs and were quiet on Monday, taking the time to remember Spencer Golvach. Golvach was randomly gunned down in late January by an illegal alien who had been deported numerous times. Representatives Debbie Riddle (R-Houston) and Patricia Harless (R-Houston) filed a House Resolution honoring the man’s life. The House members expressed their unanimous adoption of the memorial resolution by standing.
A left-of-center media outlet is speculating whether the death of Ahmed Al-Jumaili, a Muslim Iraqi immigrant who had moved to Dallas, Texas, was a hate crime. The Chicago Tribune published a story on Sunday with the title “Killing of Iraqi man in Dallas sparks concern over possible hate crime.”
Civil lawsuit filings are down 17 percent in Texas over the last 10 years. Although Texas lawyers put forth a variety of reasons for the drop, the consensus is that tort reform is responsible. The bad news, some say, is that medical malpractice cases have all but been annihilated. W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm, says that the majority of medical malpractice cases that should be litigated have to be turned away because of the legal caps on non-economic damages.
The “Coerced Abortion Prevention Act” filed by two Texas lawmakers would make it a crime for any person to coerce a pregnant woman to have an abortion. The bill would also mandate that a physician report to law enforcement -- and, where applicable, Child Protective Services -- anyone who coerces a woman or pregnant minor into an abortion. It would be considered child abuse if a parent, conservator, or guardian coerced a minor to have an abortion.
HOUSTON, Texas – A DPS report leaked February 24th warns that “Deported criminal aliens too often exploit the porous border and return to Texas to commit additional crimes.” Spencer Golvach is a victim of one of those crimes. He was
HOUSTON, Texas – A grieving Texas father told Breitbart Texas, "my son is dead because the concept of borders is dead." Spencer Golvach was senselessly murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported a number of times after being convicted of committing crimes, including as law enforcement officers now tell us, crimes of violence. Golvach was shot in the head on January 31st while sitting in his car waiting for a stoplight to change. Golvach’s father said he wants the “boomerang” of deportation and illegal reentry into the country to be stopped.
The criminal trial for a Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) worker is set to start this week. The CPS worker has been charged with official oppression for subjecting a person under CPS investigation “to search and seizure that the defendant knew as unlawful.” Criminal charges against CPS employees related to their actions in child protective services cases are rare.
A federal judge appointed by President Obama has blocked detainment of Central American women and children on the U.S.-Mexico border who allege they are seeking asylum. The judge enjoined the government “from detaining class members for the purpose of deterring future immigration to the United States and from considering deterrence of such immigration as a factor in such custody determinations.”
‘Special Immigrant Juvenile Status': Texas Democrat Files Bill to Mandate Education Materials for Judges
Democrat Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez (D-Houston), has filed a bill that would require a Texas Supreme Court committee to develop an educational guide that would assist judges in determining which children are eligible for “special immigrant juvenile status" (“SIJS”). Federal law gives special protections to eligible unaccompanied immigrant children (“UACs”) who have entered the country illegally.
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