1852 ABA Journal articles on Texas.

Lawsuit claims Texas criminal appeals judge fired secretary for criticizing GOP on Facebook

A former secretary for a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals claims she was fired because of Facebook posts that criticized President Donald Trump as well as other…

Was this a gay panic defense? Legal experts weigh in on controversial verdict
That a Texas man avoided murder and manslaughter penalties in his conviction for killing a neighbor has spurred a debate: Did he get away with the controversial “gay panic” legal defense?
A year after Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling, patent cases are up in Delaware and LA
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas used to be famous as a preferred venue for plaintiffs in patent cases. But data indicates the U.S. Supreme Court put a stop to that in May of 2017 when it ruled in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Brands Group that lawyers should use a narrow definition of “resides” when determining where venue is proper.
Shearman & Sterling opens Houston office—its 2nd Texas location this year
Shearman & Sterling has opened its second Texas office in Houston just two months after launching its first one in Austin.
7 states file suit claiming Obama violated take care clause by creating DACA
Texas and six other states have filed a lawsuit claiming former President Barack Obama violated the Constitution’s take care clause when he created the program protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors.
Justice of the peace who proclaimed he ran ‘a redneck court’ receives public warning

A Texas justice of the peace has received a public warning for his daily proclamation, “This is a redneck court,” after a complaint from a Hispanic litigant.

The State Commission…

Justice of the peace pleads guilty to tampering in connection with faked petition signatures

A Texas justice of the peace has pleaded guilty to a charge of tampering with government records after he was accused of faking voter signatures to get on the ballot.

Texas lawyer gets 10-year sentence for $26M workers’ comp conspiracy
A Texas lawyer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in a scheme to defraud the government out of $26 million by submitting phony claims for medical equipment in claims submitted to the Labor Department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation.
Ex-lawyer convicted for coercing clients into sex gets 80-year sentence
A Texas jury sentenced former San Antonio lawyer Mark Benavides to 80 years in prison April 6 for coercing clients to have sex with him in exchange for legal services.
Dallas lawyer sentenced to 8 years for exposing himself to teen employee

A Dallas lawyer has been sentenced to eight years in prison after a teen girl testified that he had masturbated twice in front of her after hiring her to work…

Judge says statute used to charge local crime blogger is unconstitutionally vague

A Texas law used to charge a citizen blogger for releasing the name of a suicide victim is unconstitutionally vague, a Texas judge has ruled.

Judge Monica Zapata Notzon…

Jury convicts ex-lawyer called ‘pimp in a suit’ without juror who fainted after graphic video

A former San Antonio lawyer accused of trading sex with clients for legal services was convicted of trafficking on Tuesday by a jury that didn’t include a juror who fainted…

Texas lawyer’s $100M suit says online critic’s Nazi label got him fired

Texas lawyer Jason Van Dyke has filed a $100 million suit against an online critic who allegedly called the lawyer a Nazi and white supremacist.

Van Dyke’s suit says he…

Judge can’t use electric shocks ‘to enforce decorum,’ Texas appeals court rules

A Texas appeals court has overturned the conviction of an “obstreperous defendant” who was shocked while wearing a stun belt three times on a judge’s orders during a heated exchange.

Controversial Dallas judge is sued for identifying domestic violence victim at campaign event

A Texas woman has sued a Dallas judge for alleged defamation and infliction of emotional distress after the judge identified her at a campaign event and said her boyfriend had…

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