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Jul 10, 2016 Police used a robot to kill -- The key questions

QUOTE: While there are links to the discussion on the future of killer robots, known as LAWS (lethal autonomous weapons systems), there are also three important differences to keep in mind.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 09, 2016 Black Lives Matter Was Gaining Ground. Then a Sniper Opened Fire.

QUOTE: Inside Black Lives Matter, the national revulsion over videos of police officers shooting to death black men in Minnesota and Louisiana was undeniable proof that the group’s message of outrage and demands for justice had finally broken through....Black Lives Matter now faces perhaps the biggest crisis in its short history: It is both scrambling to distance itself from an African-American sniper in Dallas who set out to murder white police officers and trying to rebut a chorus of detractors who blame the movement for inspiring his deadly attack.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2016 Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

QUOTE: The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan, effectively ending what Mr. Obama had hoped would become one of his central legacies. The program would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States. The 4-4 tie, which left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the plan, amplified the contentious election-year debate over the nation’s immigration policy and presidential power.

New York Times
Dec 04, 2013 Innocent man: How inmate Michael Morton lost 25 years of his life

QUOTE: a group of attorneys, working pro bono on Morton's behalf, managed to bring the truth to light. Not only was Morton innocent, but the prosecutor, Ken Anderson, was accused of withholding crucial evidence...."an extremely rare instance, and perhaps the first time, that a prosecutor has been criminally punished for failing to turn over exculpatory evidence," the Innocence Project said.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 22, 2013 U.S. Is Suing in Texas Cases Over Voting by Minorities

QUOTE: The Justice Department said it would file paperwork to become a co-plaintiff in an existing lawsuit brought by civil rights groups and Texas lawmakers against a Texas redistricting plan. Separately, the department said, it filed a new lawsuit over a state law requiring voters to show photo identification.

New York Times
Jul 25, 2013 U.S. Asks Court to Limit Texas on Ballot Rules

QUOTE: The Obama administration on Thursday moved to protect minority voters after last month’s Supreme Court ruling striking down a central part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, with the Justice Department asking a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making changes....Gov. Rick Perry of Texas cast Mr. Holder’s remarks as an attempt by the Obama administration to weaken the state’s voter-integrity laws...

New York Times
Jul 05, 2013 After Ruling, States Rush to Enact Voting Laws

QUOTE: State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The Republicans who control state legislatures throughout the region say such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. But such fraud is extremely rare, and Democrats are concerned that the proposed changes will make it harder for many poor voters and members of minorities — who tend to vote Democratic — to cast their ballots in states that once discriminated against black voters with poll taxes and literacy tests.

New York Times
Aug 07, 2012 Texas Executes Man With IQ of 61

QUOTE: If 54-year-old Marvin Wilson is put to death on Tuesday, it will not be because Texas denies that he is intellectually disabled, or as the legal literature puts it, “mentally retarded.” This much, the state recognizes. It just does not believe that Wilson is disabled enough not to be executed in Texas—a flagrant violation of the 2002 Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that “the mentally retarded should be categorically excluded from execution,” period.

Dec 23, 2011 Justice Dept. Cites Race in Halting Law Over Voter ID

QUOTE: The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority aggressive stance in reviewing a wave of new state voting restrictions, largely enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.

New York Times
Dec 19, 2011 Exonerated of Murder, Texan Seeks Inquiry on Prosecutor

QUOTE: A Texas man wrongfully convicted in 1987 of murdering his wife is scheduled to be officially exonerated on Monday. That is no longer so unusual in Texas, where 45 inmates have been exonerated in the last decade based on DNA evidence. What is unprecedented is the move planned by lawyers for the man, Michael Morton: they are expected to file a request for a special hearing to determine whether the prosecutor broke state laws or ethics rules by withholding evidence that could have led to Mr. Morton’s acquittal 25 years ago.

New York Times
Dec 12, 2011 Amazon Denies It Has a Small-Business Problem (You're the Boss)

QUOTE: For years — since its inception — Amazon has been at implicit war with local brick-and-mortar stores. Last week, the implicit seemingly became explicit when Amazon began a promotion that encouraged customers to check out prices at local retailers and use a specially designed “Price Check” smartphone app to report what they found back to Amazon. Customers who then purchased the same item from Amazon received a 5 percent discount, up to $5.

New York Times
Jul 13, 2011 Amazon Takes On California

QUOTE: Amazon said this week that it would push a voter initiative in California that could eliminate sales tax for virtual sellers with only a modest physical presence in the state. Its move instantly escalated the company’s long-running battle with many states over collecting sales tax, taking the question directly to voters. And it has sharply intensified its dispute with physical retailers like Wal-Mart Stores and Target, which have vowed to fight the measure.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2011 Let’s Make a Deal, Amazon Tells Texas

QUOTE: Texas has granted sales tax rebates to companies on goods and services they buy, but has apparently never allowed one to stop collecting taxes from its own customers. The Texas Retailers Association blasted the proposed Amazon deal as a carve-out that would leave the state’s brick-and-mortar stores at a disadvantage to the giant Internet retailer.

New York Times
May 11, 2011 Texas Passes Bill to Make Some Fish Tales a Crime

QUOTE: A bill that would make it a misdemeanor — and in some cases a felony — to misrepresent the size, weight or provenance of a fish in a fishing tournament...

New York Times
Apr 23, 2011 Resistance to Gas Drilling Rises on Unlikely Soil

QUOTE: “It’s our health that’s at stake…” A report for Congressional Democrats released last week detailed the quantity of chemicals that gas companies are putting into the ground.

New York Times
May 21, 2010 Texas school board hears from critics of social studies changes

QUOTE: ...McLeroy has argued that the revisions provide balance to a set of standards that did not initially paint America in a positive light. Both liberals and conservatives on the board have called the changes "political" -- but they have disagreed on whether that was a bad thing.

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2009 Florida aided Allen Stanford, suspect in huge swindle: Florida regulators -- over objections by the state's top banking lawyer -- gave sweeping powers to banker Allen Stanford, accused of swindling in

QUOTE: Over objections by the state's chief banking lawyer -- including concerns that [Allen] Stanford was laundering money -- regulators granted sweeping powers never given to a private company.

Miami Herald
Jun 22, 2009 VA Moves Texas Brain Laboratory After Years Pass Without Testing

QUOTE: the Department of Veterans Affairs established a laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin with high expectations that it would conduct state-of-the art research into combat-related brain injuries. Last month, VA announced it was moving the facility, after spending more than $3 million without testing a single veteran with traumatic brain injury.

Washington Post
Jun 15, 2009 How Much Does a Hospital Owe for Causing a Patient’s Death? The Verdict (Hear Ye! Hear Ye! )

QUOTE: In April 2008, the court upheld the gross negligence finding. Athena Hogue received the damages award earlier this year {for hospital gross negligence]

May 30, 2009 Texas Vote Curbs a College Admission Guarantee Meant to Bolster Diversity

QUOTE: Texas Legislature... scale[s] back a program under which Texans who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high schools were given automatic admission to the state university of their choice... Put[s] limits on a 10-year-old experiment to increase diversity in the colleges.

New York Times
Sep 09, 2008 Midwife Delivery Can Lead to Passport Denial

QUOTE: "In a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that the government is systematically discriminating against U.S.-born citizens on the basis of ethnicity and national origin. Attorneys for the plaintiff assert that such arbitrary bans disproportionately affect rural and poor people who have less access to doctors."

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2008 Huge Math Error in Katrina Supply Giveaway

QUOTE: The household goods were supposed to go to people whose homes were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005...A recent CNN investigative story exposed that those materials never made it to storm victims.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 30, 2008 Texas Loses Court Ruling Over Taking of Children

QUOTE: Bringing polygamist families closer to regaining custody of their children, a divided Supreme Court of Texas agreed Thursday that the state had illegally seized 468 girls and boys from a West Texas ranch last month on unproven grounds of physical and sexual abuse.

New York Times
May 25, 2008 Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims: Formaldehyde Found in High Levels; 17,000 Say Homes Caused Illnesses

QUOTE: Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.

Washington Post
May 21, 2008 Social workers turned away from FLDS ranch

QUOTE: "CPS had believed all children had been removed as authorized by a state district judge," agency spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said. "This morning, along with law enforcement, we went to the ranch to make some initial inquiries, and we are now conferring with law enforcement."

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 20, 2008 Far-Flung Placement of Children in Texas Raid Is Criticized

QUOTE: The hearings, technically meant as a 60-day check-up of the state’s plan in handling the children and families of the raid, have exposed the clanking machinery of the Texas child welfare apparatus, which has strained at the seams and spent millions of dollars to handle one of the biggest and most complex child welfare cases in the nation’s history.

New York Times
May 16, 2008 Cleared by DNA, man tries to reclaim his life

QUOTE: Woodard was convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend in 1981 and sentenced to life in prison. He was released on April 29, the 17th Dallas County inmate to be exonerated by DNA testing.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 13, 2008 A Usually Legal Practice That Wears Black Eyes

QUOTE: The [Clinton] campaign paid her and seven other members of her family $100 to $200 each to knock on doors, deliver fliers and get voters to the polls for the Democratic primary on March 4, which Mrs. Clinton narrowly won...The payments, known in the political vernacular as “street money,” are a legal but controversial tool that Mrs. Clinton employed at a time when she was desperately seeking a victory after losing 10 consecutive contests to Mr. Obama.

New York Times
May 05, 2008 Polygamy roll shows 21 wives for one member

QUOTE: attorneys for the sect argued against a court review of the documents, claiming the documents should remain private under First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association....The ages of the wives and their children are critical to investigators, who believe that underage girls were routinely married and forced to have sex with older men.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 06, 2008 District to Settle Bible Suit

QUOTE: The federal suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way Foundation...It argued that the course curriculum...promoted Protestant Christianity and a specific reading of the Bible as a literal historical document.

New York Times
Dec 01, 2007 Immigrants in New York Better Off, Study Finds

QUOTE: Foreign-born New Yorkers are better educated, more likely to have health insurance and less likely to have entered the country illegally compared with immigrants in the rest of the country, according to a new analysis.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2007 Inquiry Set Into Purchases From Bush Brother’s Firm

QUOTE: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.

New York Times
Nov 03, 2007 Texas Proceeding With Plan to Auction Nature Preserve

QUOTE: The dispute pits the donors of the land, the Conservation Fund and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, against a pistol-packing commissioner adamant about preserving hunting and firearms rights on the property, even at the cost of denying the land to the National Park Service, although Texas ranks 44th in park land.

New York Times
Oct 08, 2007 Katrina evacuees feel money pinch

QUOTE: That survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that thousands of people who fled the hurricane two years ago landed in dismal economic straits, often facing meager paychecks or unemployment after the storm scattered them across the USA. It found nearly a third of those who fled the hurricane could not find jobs last year, and thousands more weren't trying.

Oct 03, 2007 Texas Ruling Signals Halt to Executions Indefinitely

QUOTE: The reprieve by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals was granted a week after the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider whether a form of lethal injection constituted cruel and unusual punishment barred under the Eighth Amendment.

New York Times
Sep 12, 2007 Polygamist's trial on rape charges set to start

QUOTE: Walter Bugden, one of Jeffs' attorneys, says he views the case against Jeffs as religious persecution. The polygamous sect is not affiliated with the mainstream Mormon church, which outlawed polygamy in 1890.

Aug 29, 2007 2 years after Katrina, pace of rebuilding depends on who pays

QUOTE: The delays have affected the poor the most — those dependent on government assistance to rebuild their lives. While middle- and upper-class neighborhoods have rebuilt using private insurance and contacts, residents of low-income areas such as the Lower 9th Ward and Holy Cross — roughly 20,000 of them — for the most part remain scattered throughout the region, their return uncertain.

Jul 23, 2007 Longhorn arm of the law: Rangers like John Cummings and Joe Rector crisscross Oklahoma and Texas, trying to stem cattle rustling, which is on the rise.

QUOTE: A lot of people think cattle rustling and horse thievery went out with the Conestoga wagon. They didn't. In fact, the problem has been increasing in recent years...

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 05, 2007 Shooting case has border agents on edge: Morale slides, says union, in wake of prison time for two agents who used deadly force.

QUOTE: At the center of the storm over use of force are two border patrol agents in west Texas who, in January, began serving prison time for shooting and wounding a drug smuggler as he fled toward Mexico and then covering up evidence...But for field agents, the case goes deeper, chilling both their willingness to use deadly force and their morale, says T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents 11,000 nonsupervisory personnel at the agency.

Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2007 SEC Is Urged To Pursue Banks In Enron Fraud

QUOTE: Activists and former shareholders in the Houston energy trading company implored the Securities and Exchange Commission to file court briefs supporting their legal position in an effort to revive a case against such banks as Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston and Barclays.

Washington Post
Apr 25, 2007 Fight over baby's life divides ethicists

QUOTE: The law, signed in 1999 by then-Gov. George W. Bush, gives Texas hospitals the authority to stop treatment if doctors say the treatment is "inappropriate" -- even if the family wants the medical care to continue. The statute was inspired by a growing debate in medical and legal communities over when to declare medical treatment futile.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 24, 2007 On tighter US border with Mexico, violence rises: US law officers and illegal border-crossers are under increased attack, as beefed-up patrols cut into smugglers' illicit trade.

QUOTE: The escalation in violent crime is most pronounced here in Arizona, where border-tightening measures have put a clamp on the preferred route of "coyotes" and smuggling rings. During the first three months of the year, roaming bandits, heavily armed and looking to hijack valuable payloads, waged at least eight attacks on illicit shipments of people or drugs traversing Arizona.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 15, 2007 For prison inmate Jimmy Lee Page, a "not guilty" verdict did not mean freedom: State parole system can trump a jury's verdict with its own

QUOTE: Page is in prison today because state officials revoked his parole — trumping the jury's verdict with their own finding of guilt ... Last year, 91 Texas parolees were returned to prison after being charged with a new crime, even though the charges against them were later dropped or they were acquitted in court.

Austin American-Statesman
Oct 27, 2006 Web cookies become defendant's alibi (Police blotter)

QUOTE: A Texas man says the timestamp of cookies on his Web browser proves he was actually online and not where prosecutors claim he was....The appeals court upheld the conviction...
Oct 09, 2006 Mother Tries to Unadopt, Citing Boy's Troubled Past: Mother Says Caseworkers Failed to Disclose Child's Stormy History

QUOTE: taking the highly unusual step of trying to unadopt him....[The adoptive mother--Ed.] said she did not know he had lived in five foster homes since he was 16 months old. Nor that his alcohol- and drug-addicted biological parents had physically abused him...

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2006 So Small a Town, So Many Patent Suits

QUOTE: On the surface, there is little to recommend Marshall as a locus for global corporations looking to duke it out over who owns the rights to important technology patents. Some 150 miles east of Dallas, and just minutes from the Louisiana border, Marshall and its 25,000 residents are fairly typical of most small cities in Texas....What’s behind the rush to file patent lawsuits here? A combination of quick trials and plaintiff-friendly juries, many lawyers say....Others point to a different reason why plaintiffs may win more often than defendants: plaintiffs, they say, typically hire local Marshall lawyers.

New York Times
Aug 22, 2006 With bulk of Katrina evacuees, Texans begin to feel burden: A year after the hurricane, Houston complains about their persistent joblessness. State officials plea for federal help

QUOTE: Indeed, in Houston and other cities affected by the relocation, some officials are beginning to reassess the financial implications of their generosity over the past year. Their conclusion: The federal government should continue to support the state and municipalities where evacuee numbers remain high because many are still not on their feet almost a year after the storm.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 27, 2006 The Wrong Lesson

QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which failed to employ the kinds of controls necessary to prevent an estimated $1 billion in fraud and abuse following Hurricane Katrina...cut back immediate emergency aid for families...

New York Times
Jul 18, 2006 Texas Hospitals Reflect the Debate on Immigration

QUOTE: Facing harsh criticism from residents, public hospitals are confronted with an uneasy decision: demand immigration documents from patients and deny subsidized care to those who lack them, or follow the public health principle of providing basic care to anyone who needs it.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2006 Katrina Victims Say Agents Advised Against Flood Coverage

QUOTE: Six weeks before Hurricane Katrina tore up the Gulf Coast...Dr. Munson Hinman went to see his insurance agent to buy flood coverage for his home near the beach...Dr. Hinman testified in Federal District Court here on Tuesday, the agent talked him out of buying the coverage.

New York Times

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