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Texas Lawyer Arrested in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot

A Texas lawyer from Austin has been arrested for allegedly hiring a hitman to commit a murder. The man, 62-year-old James N. Walker, has been charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder, a first-degree felony, reports Texas Lawyer magazine.

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Reflection on Dallas PD Assault: Family Court Associate Judges in Texas are Sitting Ducks

The Boulware attack on Dallas PD headquarters show us that family court judges without bailiffs are sitting ducks. The man killed in a “zombie apocalypse assault” vehicle after a Dallas Police headquarters assault a week ago had a history of domestic violence and mental illness. He had threatened family court judges who had decided his custody case. Dallas judges are now calling for protection in all of their courtrooms.

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Walmart Drops Request to Have Paralyzed Toddler Attend Jury Selection after Media Attention

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.

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Texas Court Filings Are Down 17 Percent: Tort Reform Is Blamed

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.