Category: legislation

  • Texas Legislator Against Theocracy

    Mimicking proposed legislation in several other states, Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) suggested a constitutional amendment prohibiting Texas courts from enforcing, considering or applying religious or cultural law. As a bulwark against Christian fundamentalist theocracy (which is, let’s face it, the only kind of theocracy we could possibly slip into), it’s a good start. It’ll also […]

  • Another Bad DWI Idea in Austin

    A backlog of thousands of Texas court cases. Drunken drivers convicted on lesser charges. Repeat DWI offenders who don’t have a record of a related conviction or treatment. Those are some examples of what’s bringing together a new coalition that includes Mothers Against Drunk Driving, prosecutors and defense attorneys who support a widespread change in […]

  • Texas’s Non-Sex Sex Registration Offenses

    I started writing the list that follows just to wrap my head around the array of offenses that can result in sex offender registration in Texas (with more coming every legislative session). While I was writing it, though, (11)-(13) jumped out at me: unlawful restraint, kidnapping, and aggravated kidnapping are sex-offender-registration offenses if they are […]

  • Sausage

    The last time the Texas House of Representatives impeached a judge was 1975. O.P. Carrillo of Duval County was the respondent. Leon Jaworski prosecuted the impeachment in the Senate. I’ve been hanging around the Texas Capitol since midday waiting for the Texas House of Representatives Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee to start hearing House Resolution […]

  • Texas Criminal Legislation in the Works

    The Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) has been so kind as to commission Texas legislative updates for us. Thanks, TDCAA. Some highlights: House Bill 169, allowing police to set up checkpoints (ihre Papieren, bitte!). House Bill 164, creating an affirmative defense for the medical use of marijuana. House Bill 170, creating a presumption, […]