Criminal Justice

Some Lawmakers Hope to Salvage Dwindling Legal Aid Funding

We’re in the midst of a funding crisis for legal aid, according to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. Last session the Legislature gave $17.5 million to civil legal aid, less than it spent in 2009. This session’s House and Senate budget proposals would each shrink that even further, to $13 million.

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The Arson Files: Judge Recommends New Trial for Ed Graf

A state district judge in Waco on Thursday recommended a new trial for Ed Graf, who has spent nearly 25 years in prison on an arson conviction that forensic experts now say was based on junk science. Retired Judge George Allen recommended throwing out Graf’s conviction and convening a new trial after a brief hearing […]

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The Arson Files: Judge May Recommend New Trial for Ed Graf Thursday

On Thursday morning in a Waco courtroom, a state judge may recommend a new trial for Ed Graf, who has served nearly 25 years of a life sentence for an arson he claims he didn’t commit. Graf was convicted in 1988 for allegedly starting the fire that killed his two stepsons. The evidence of arson in […]

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To Kill a Journalist

Armando Rodriguez was the first journalist to fall victim to the turf war between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels that engulfed the state of Chihuahua from 2007 to 2011. He was not the last.

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