Posts Tagged ‘ Texas ’

TX: Regime officials kill woman after SCOTUS denies appeal

September 18, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Lisa Coleman, a 38-year-old Texas woman convicted of torturing and starving to death a friend’s 9-year-old son, was [killed by state officials] Wednesday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her last-minute appeal. Coleman was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. Central time, Texas officials said." (09/17/14)

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TX: Regime prepares to kill woman

September 17, 2014
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Texas Tribune    

"A 38-year-old Arlington woman is scheduled to be [killed by the state] in Texas on Wednesday for the starvation death of her girlfriend’s son, Davontae Marcel Williams. Lisa Ann Coleman would be the the sixth woman -- and 517th person -- to be [subjected to pre-planned state killing] in the state since 1982, the year Texas reinstated [pre-planned state killing] following a 1976 Supreme Court decision that allowed states to resume [pre-planned state killing]. She would be the ninth person [premeditatedly killed by state officials] in Texas this year." (09/17/14)

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TX: Regime carries out eighth premeditated state killing in 2014

September 11, 2014
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Washington Post    

"[Willie] Trottie became the eighth person put to death in Texas this year and the 29th person nationwide. Almost all of these [killings] have occurred in just three states; Missouri, Texas and Florida had each [killed] seven inmates before Wednesday, more than three-quarters of all [premeditated state killings] this year." (09/11/14)

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Scheduled state killings challenged in Missouri, Texas

September 9, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Lawyers were fighting for delays in [state killings] scheduled for Wednesday in Texas and Missouri, questioning whether the drugs to be used will prevent the type of difficulties that marred [killings] in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona. An inmate on death row in Texas is suing the state seeking to stop his execution, contending that the sedative had expired. Lawyers in Missouri are fighting the execution on several fronts, including questioning the use of a sedative there." (09/09/14)

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TX: “Cop watchers” arrested for video recording Arlington police

September 9, 2014
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Dallas Libertarian Examiner    

"Arlington, Texas has joined the long list of American cities where police officers arrest people for standing on public property and video record officers carrying out their public duties in public places. News outlets in the Metroplex reported Monday that Kory Watkins, his wife Janie Lucero, and Joseph Tye were arrested during a Saturday night police stop that they were in the process of video shooting." (09/09/14)

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TX: Perry pleads not guilty to felony charges

August 20, 2014
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ABC News    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry today pleaded not guilty to two felony charges on which he was indicted relating to a 2013 veto threat. Perry’s attorneys entered the not guilty plea this morning and waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Friday morning. ... The two felony counts -- abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official -- originate from Perry’s threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for Texas’ public integrity unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a 2013 DWI conviction." (08/20/14)

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TX: Perry to turn himself in Tuesday

August 19, 2014
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Fox News    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to turn himself in to authorities Tuesday evening at a local Texas jail on the heels of his indictment for alleged abuse of power, a member of the governor's legal team told Fox News. ... Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken during the booking. ... This comes after Perry began assembling a high-powered legal team to defend him in the case, which Perry and his allies argue is politically motivated. Perry is facing charges of coercion and official oppression that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison." (08/19/14)

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TX: Perry calls indictment a politically motivated “farce”

August 17, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, facing felony charges that he abused his power, stayed on the offensive Sunday, saying he did the right thing by cutting off money for the state’s anti-corruption watchdog. ... Perry, who may be making a second bid for president in 2016, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of abusing his official capacity and coercing a public servant. The Republican governor had threatened to veto $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit if Austin’s top prosecutor, Rosemary Lohmberg, a Democrat, did not resign after she was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Lohmberg refused to step down and Perry followed through with a veto." (08/17/14)

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TX: Perry plans border security theater production with cast of 1,000 National Guard troops

July 22, 2014
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Fox News    

"Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. ... He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources. The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month." (07/21/14)

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SpaceX receives FAA approval for proposed spaceport in Texas

July 15, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a 'Record of Decision' giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas. ... The proposed private launch site is needed to provide SpaceX with an exclusive launch site that would allow the company to accommodate its launch manifest and meet tight launch windows." (07/15/14)

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Benefits to the poor of Texas franchise tax repeal

June 24, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Ryan H. Murphy  

"In 2013, the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University modeled the economic benefits of eliminating Texas's franchise tax. The franchise tax is a tax on capital. Instituted to raise revenue for school districts, the franchise tax is calculated in a number of different ways and has gone through a few iterations. Beacon Hill researchers estimated that if Texas had eliminated the franchise tax in 2013: Investment would surge by $3.2 billion, growing to $3.4 billion by 2017. Texas would gain $6.4 billion in real disposable income in 2013 and, cumulatively, $9.8 billion by 2017. In the first year, private sector employment would grow 31,500, and the cumulative total in 2017 would be 41,500 additional jobs." (06/24/14)

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TX: Man could face life in prison over pot brownies

May 21, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A 19-year-old Texas man accused of making and selling brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil faces a felony charge that carries a punishment of anywhere from five years to life in prison. According to Round Rock police, officers found 1.5 pounds of brownies, along with a pound of marijuana, digital scales, $1,675 in cash and dozens of baggies with marijuana and hash oil at Jacob Lavoro's apartment last month. ... because Lavoro used hash oil, prosecutors can aggregate the weight of the brownies and charge him with manufacturing and distribution of 1.5 pounds of that category of controlled substances, McDonald said." (05/20/14)

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TX: Federal appeals court halts scheduled state killing

May 13, 2014
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Reuters    

"A U.S. appeals court granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate hours before he was to be put to death on Tuesday to see if the punishment should be suspended because the convict was intellectually disabled. Convicted rapist and murderer Robert James Campbell was set to be the first inmate executed in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised new questions about capital punishment." (05/13/14)

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TX: Grand jury impaneled in Perry ethics case

April 14, 2014
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KTXS 12 News    

"A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors. ... The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the Democrat was convicted of drunken-driving. When she refused, Perry pulled state funding for the unit." (04/14/14)

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TX: State serial killers kill convicted serial killer

April 3, 2014
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ABC News    

"Convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells, who was sent to prison in 1999 and claimed responsibility for dozens of murders across the country, was executed Thursday in Texas. Sells, 49, was convicted of killing 13-year-old Katy Harris while she slept in her Del Rio, Texas, home. Her murder landed Sells on death row, but he has been linked to at least 17 other killings and claims he has killed as dozens more. Sells declined to make final remarks before his death, then took a few breaths, closed his eyes and began to snore as the lethal-injection drugs took effect, The Associated Press reported. He soon stopped moving and was pronounced dead 13 minutes later at 6:27 p.m. CT." (04/03/14)

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TX: Federal judge halts state killings over secrecy

April 2, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"A federal judge has halted the scheduled executions of two convicts in Texas until the state discloses details about the drugs that would be used to kill them. In a five-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore in Houston on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction stopping the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells, set for Thursday, and of Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, scheduled for April 9. Both men have been convicted of murder and were set to be executed by lethal injection." (04/02/14)

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TX: Federal appeals court upholds new abortion rules

March 28, 2014
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USA Today    

"A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough new abortion restrictions that shuttered many of the abortions clinics in the state. ... Texas lawmakers last year passed some of the toughest restrictions in the U.S. on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion. The Republican-controlled Legislature required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and placed strict limits on doctors prescribing abortion-inducing pills." (03/27/14)

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TX: Federal judge strikes down marriage apartheid law

February 26, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A federal judge in San Antonio Wednesday struck down a Texas constitutional amendment and state statutes barring same-sex couples from marrying or having their out-of-state marriages officially recognized, saying such laws violate the couples’ right to equal treatment. US District Judge Orlando Garcia announced his decision two weeks after hearing arguments by lawyers for two same-sex couples challenging the Texas measures and by state officials defending those measures." (02/26/14)

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TX: Regime to invoke novel argument for preservation of marriage apartheid

February 12, 2014
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WOAI News    

"As the landmark lawsuit calling for gay marriage to be legalized in Texas heads to a federal court in San Antonio today, 1200 WOAI news has learned that the state will defend traditional marriage [sic] using a novel legal strategy. ... the state will tell U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia that no discrimination exists because the Texas law does not prohibit anybody from getting married." [editor's note: The argument is only "novel" as far as litigation is concerned. Anti-marriage/anti-family advocates have been using it for years: "Homosexuals are free to marry people of the opposite sex, just like heterosexuals are. See, no discrimination!" - TLK] (02/12/14)

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Federal court hears appeal to ease parts of Texas abortion law

January 6, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"A federal court heard an appeal from Planned Parenthood and other advocacy groups on Monday to a relax restrictive abortion law in Texas that has caused a dozen clinics to suspend services. The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where the abortion is performed in case women have complications. Given the vast size of Texas, the requirement places an unjust burden on clinics, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the appeal, told a three-judge panel in Louisiana." (01/06/14)

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SCOTUS declines to stop Texas law on abortion clinics

November 19, 2013
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Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way Tuesday for Texas to enforce a strict new abortion regulation that some womens' groups fear will prevent a third of the state’s clinics from performing the procedure. The court split along ideological lines in turning down an appeal to block the law that abortion rights advocates challenged as unconstitutional. The measure, adopted by Texas lawmakers in July, requires that abortion providers have a doctor on their staff who has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic." (11/19/13)

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TX: Perry signs sweeping abortion restrictions

July 18, 2013
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USA Today    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure that has caused weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the Capitol. Supporters credited God's will and prayer as the governor signed the legislation, with protesters' chants of 'Shame! Shame! Shame!' echoing into the Capitol auditorium from the hallway. Opponents have vowed to fight the law, though no court challenges were immediately filed." (07/18/13)

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Texas: Abortion bill falls after dispute over vote

June 26, 2013
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Fox News    

"Texas'[s] lieutenant governor acknowledged early Wednesday that Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session's deadline. Initially, Republicans insisted they had started voting before the midnight deadline and passed the bill that Democrats spent much of Tuesday filibustering. But after official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place on Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday, senators convened for a private meeting. An hour later, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was still insisting the 19-10 vote was in time, but said, 'with all the ruckus and noise going on, I couldn't sign the bill.'" (06/26/13)

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National 5-11 Campaign against REAL ID falters but Texans fight on

May 20, 2013
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"REAL ID is designed to turn every state's drivers license into an internal passport containing personal biometric and digital identifiers. Due to the pushback from huge numbers of individuals, groups and state political leaders the implementation of REAL ID has been continually postponed but never completely defeated." (05/18/13)

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Texas politicians still shoveling REAL ID manure

May 2, 2013
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"The Texas REAL ID bill, considered by many in the Lone Star State as horse manure, is scheduled to be heard on May 2, 2013, before the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee in Austin. REAL ID is like a dead horse that won't stay dead, which is why libertarians nationwide keep beating on it repeatedly until it finally stops kicking and gets carted off to the glue factory." (04/30/13)

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