Tag Archives: Texas

TEXAS: Judge Interrupts Sex Trafficking Trial To Tell Jurors That God Told Him The Defendant Is Innocent

The Austin Statesman reports: A Comal County judge said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex. Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells ...

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SCOTUS To Hear Texas Gerrymandering Case

The Austin Statesman reports: The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will review lower-court rulings that ordered Texas to redraw 11 political districts found to be discriminatory. Texas officials appealed the rulings, which concluded that two congressional districts and nine Texas House districts were improperly drawn along racial lines in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Acting on the ...

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TEXAS: Married Pastor Pleads Guilty In Hooker Sting

Houston’s ABC affiliate reports: A Baptist pastor in The Woodlands who was arrested last summer on a charge of soliciting a prostitute pleaded guilty this morning to the charge and was sentence to a year of probation. Eddie Hilburn, 53, was arrested at a hotel in July 2017 during a sting operation. According to charging documents, Hilburn paid an undercover ...

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TEXAS: New Owner Of Dallas-Area Suburban Mall To Install Massive Ten Commandments Monuments

The Dallas Morning News reports: The new owner of Vista Ridge Mall has lots of ideas to make the shopping center attractive to families and even to people who don’t care about shopping. Odessa businessman John Bushman wants to turn the mall into a community space where people can find some “peace and love” in the Ten Commandments, hear some ...

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Roy Moore’s Hate Group Celebrates Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Texas Same-Sex Spousal Benefits Case

The decision came near a month ago but Roy Moore and his wife were too busy defending pedophilia allegations to react. Via press release: The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama-based nonprofit corporation, applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a decision of the Texas Supreme Court not to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples. After the U.S. ...

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GOP House Rep. Blake Farenthold To Retire Next Year In Wake Of Another Sexual Harassment Allegation

USA Today reports: A Texas lawmaker under fire over a sexual harassment lawsuit, will withdraw from the March 6 Republican primary. Mike Bergsma, chairman of the Nueces County (Texas) Republican Party, said he was told Thursday morning by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold’s campaign team he will not seek re-election next year. “It’s a damn shame,” he said. “He’s been an ...

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White House Retreats On Anti-LGBT Judicial Nominee Who Claims Same-Sex Marriage Leads To Bestiality

The Dallas Morning News reports: Jeff Mateer, a top lawyer for the state of Texas who has described transgender children as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” will not become a federal judge. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the nominations of Mateer and a controversial Alabama nominee, Brett Talley, were dead. A White House ...

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Rep. Joe Barton To Retire After Porn/Adultery Scandal

The Dallas Morning News reports: Rep. Joe Barton, whose private life came under national scrutiny after sexual images he shared in an extramarital relationship were made public, won’t seek re-election. The Ennis Republican announced his retirement in an interview with The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, three weeks after saying he would seek an 18th term. He’s faced crushing pressure ...

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TEXAS: Man Dies After Being Accidentally Shot In Head During 12 Year-Old Son’s First Gun Lesson [VIDEO]

A Texas man has died after being accidentally shot in his head by his 12 year-old son during the child’s first gun lesson. San Antonio’s NBC affiliate reports: The Comal County Sheriff’s Office says the 53-year-old man was teaching his son how to shoot on a more than 10 acre private property in Bulverde when it happened. Deputies say it ...

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Capitol Hill Cops Open Revenge Porn Probe For GOP Rep

“The Dallas Morning News has identified a potential crime against me and the transcript referenced in the Washington Post may be evidence. This woman admitted that we had a consensual relationship. When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to ...

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REPORT: X-Rated Pic Of GOP Rep. Joe Barton Believed To Have Come From Possible Mentally Ill Trump Fan

The Dallas Morning News reports: The person who appears to have generated the photo has tweeted a stream of unusual and at times incoherent statements. The person — who often retweets pro-President Donald Trump messages — has claimed “corrupt police” took his or her medicine, that someone attempted to kill him or her with a car, and appears to have ...

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GOP Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes For X-Rated Photo

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) apologized Wednesday after an explicit photo of him was posted to an anonymous Twitter account and began to circulate online. Barton, the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he had sexual relationships with “other mature adult women” while separated from his second wife before their 2015 divorce. “Each ...

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TEXAS: Fort Bend County Sheriff Threatens Arrest Over Truck’s “Fuck Trump” Message, ACLU Issues Warning

The Houston Chronicle reports: Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday created a social media firestorm with a Facebook post threatening to bring disorderly conduct charges against the driver of a truck displaying a profane anti-Trump message on its rear window. Nehls told the Houston Chronicle that he had received calls, texts and emails in recent days from people ...

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Texas Mass Shooter Once Escaped From Mental Health Facility While Awaiting Military Court Martial

ABC affiliate WFAA reports: The gunman in the worst mass killing in Texas history escaped from a mental health institution in New Mexico, threatened his Air Force chain of command while facing military charges of domestic violence, and “had already been caught sneaking firearms onto” an air base, according to a 2012 El Paso Police Department report obtained by WFAA. ...

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Texas Police: Mass Shooter Was In Domestic Argument With Mother-In-Law, Sent Her Threatening Texts

The New York Daily News reports: Gunman Devin Kelley was embroiled in a “domestic situation” with his mother-in-law, who attended the Texas church where he killed 26 people before shooting himself, authorities said Monday. Kelley sent his estranged mother-in-law “threatening texts” sometime before he attacked the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public ...

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Texas Shooter ID’d As 26 Year-Old Former Bible Study Teacher, Used AK-15 Assault Rifle, Wore Combat Gear

Heavy.com reports: Devin P. Kelley was identified as the gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on a Sunday morning and murdered at least 25 people, wounding many more. The shooter’s name was reported via sources by The New York Times and CBS News; the latter gave his name as Devin Patrick Kelley. The horrific ...

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BREAKING: At Least 27 Killed In Mass Shooting At Texas Church, Gunman Reportedly Dead After Chase

AGAIN. CNN reports: Multiple people have been killed and many more injured in a shooting Sunday at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, authorities said. The shooter was killed after a brief chase north into neighboring Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy. It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own ...

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RETIRING: Rep. Lamar Smith Joins GOP House Exodus

“For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else. At the end of this Congress, I will have completed my six-year term as chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee. I have one new grandchild and a second arriving soon! And I hope to find other ...

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TEXAS: Republican House Speaker Joe Strauss To Retire After Battling Hate Groups On Transgender Rights

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in 2018, a decision that has the potential to upend the political balance of power of the state. Straus, who has lately been the most powerful moderate Republican in the Texas Capitol, said he will serve until the end ...

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TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton Faces New Bribery Probe

The Dallas Morning News reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is being investigated under bribery and corrupt influence laws for accepting a six-figure gift from an individual who was under investigation by the state for fraud, the district attorney leading the probe confirmed Thursday. In July 2016, Austin-based medical device company Preferred Imaging, LLC agreed to pay a $3.5 million ...

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