Nate Blakeslee

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New Evidence of Altered Documents in TYC Coverup

by Nate Blakeslee | Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 18:53 CST
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Find Another Aggie

Phil Gramm met his wife Wendy in the halls of Texas A&M, where both taught economics in the 1960s, so the two have an understandable attachment to the school. Wendy currently serves on the Texas A&M Board of Regents, courtesy … Read More


Overlooked Heroes

Three staffers led effort to overhaul the Texas Youth Commission

In a session that will be remembered for its stalled legislation and discordant ending as much as anything actually accomplished, passage of an ambitious reform bill for the troubled Texas Youth Commission seems to have happened almost effortlessly. Just a … Read More


Capitol Offense

TYC Sex Scandal Cover-up Widens

A disciplinary report confirming misconduct by former West Texas State School Assistant Superintendent Ray Brookins was altered with the apparent approval of Texas Youth Commission Inspector General Ray Worsham shortly after Brookins was given a promotion, documents obtained by the … Read More


Hidden in Plain Sight

How did alleged abuse at a youth facility in West Texas evade detection for so long?

When Dwight Harris, executive director of the Texas Youth Commission (TYC), appeared before the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on February 1 to discuss his agency’s fiscal needs for the next biennium, he came prepared for some tough questions. … Read More


End of an Era

The clock runs out on the state's infamous drug task forces

A major chapter in the drug war is ending in Texas, not with a bang, but with a whisper. After 18 years of untold numbers of highway stops and undercover busts of mostly small-time pot and cocaine dealers, funding for … Read More


The Worst Judges in Texas

In these courtrooms, justice comes to a screeching halt

*A clarification has been appended to this story. It’s not a good time to be a Texas judge. President Bush’s nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals remained caught in the … Read More


Dateline Texas

Free at Last?

Tom Coleman entered the courtroom on Thursday afternoon, March 13, wearing an Italian-style black leather jacket over a blue shirt and black tie. The war with Iraq had begun the night before, and Coleman wore a flag pin in his … Read More


Capitol Offenses

Meet the New Boss

Pete Laney looked strange sitting at his desk on the first day of the 78th Legislature. Not smaller, exactly, but ill at ease. Seated in the left rear of the chamber, he was about as far as physically possible from … Read More