26-year reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Legal issues, politics and more. Father of 2, husband of 1, fool for poker.
should say "rulings"
US Supreme Court sets oral arguments for April 24 in Texas redistricting cases. Texas appealed ruling that tossed out 11 U.S. and Texas House districts as discriminatory. #txlege #scotus https://t.co/6E8HKeFKbx
To paraphrase the great Inigo Montoya: "Exclusive" -- You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. https://t.co/LfdAjBBvAm
RT @leachfortexas: My full statement on @GovAbbott @GregAbbott_TX decision to commute Thomas Whitaker Sentence #txlege: https://t.co/JUJgKL…
Was that enough news for y'all today?
“In light of today’s jury conviction of Sen. Carlos Uresti, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is calling upon Sen. Uresti to resign his position.” #txlege
Abbott agrees to spare death row inmate’s life, heeding father’s plea, developing story at: statesman.com/news/abbott-ag…
On the phone right now with Kent Whitaker, who said the wait was nerve wracking. "I couldn’t believe that it took so long, but I’m so glad."
Read @chucklindell's original story about the Whitaker case: atxne.ws/2DC3bYb
BREAKING: @GovAbbott agrees to spare death row inmate Thomas Whitaker's life, heeding father’s plea atxne.ws/2CCX5oh https://t.co/zdd2qjJu1q
Here is the governor's official proclamation of commutation: gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/… twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Gov. Abbott's statement on commuting Thomas Whitaker's death sentence: https://t.co/AQfIPUzgtM
BREAKING: Less than 1 hour from scheduled execution, Gov. Greg Abbott GRANTS clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, heeding plea for mercy from his father. Story coming
#scotus appeal that the Whitaker request for a stay was based on (court was to consider it Friday, 1 day after scheduled execution) has been withdrawn. h/t @jostonjustice twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Less than an hour until Thomas Whitaker's scheduled execution, no word yet from Gov. Abbott on parole board recommendation of clemency or #scotus request for a stay.
A wow moment: Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops urges parishes to disassociate from Texas Right to Life -- cites inaccurate voters guide, disputes on end-of-life laws/abortion bills. #txlege
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick strips Sen. Carlos Uresti of his committee assignments after today's guilty verdicts. Laments fact he can't do more: #txlege https://t.co/IjiQj26YQ0
From Kent Whitaker: "Tanya and I have said goodbye to Thomas, putting all our hands on the glass and saying how much we love each other. We have just finished execution orientation. The governor is silent. We wait."
With Thomas Whitaker's execution about 4 hours away, no word yet on Gov. Greg Abbott's decision on parole board's recommendation of clemency. https://t.co/G7c6qfIdJU
Details of the Texas Workforce Commission's agreement to begin offering voter-registration help to Texans with disabilities after threatened lawsuit by advocates: #txlege statesman.com/news/after-law…
Breaking: In response to lawsuit threat, Texas Workforce Commission has started offering voter registration help to those with disabilities who get job-training help from the state. #txlege Background: mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
RT @BonnieBruce: Just a refresher on the TX Constitution for #txlege. A person must be “finally convicted” of a felony to be ineligible to…
RT @mySA: BREAKING: San Antonio state Sen. Carlos Uresti found guilty on multiple counts in criminal fraud trial mysanantonio.com/business/local…
UPDATE: Kent Whitaker, awaiting word on whether Gov. Abbott will heed parole board's advice to spare his son's life, is now with Thomas Whitaker until noon near the death chamber in Huntsville.
RT @gmaninfedland: No verdict in #UrestiTrial. Jury headed home now
Gov. Greg Abbott appointed 5 of the 7 members of the parole board. Will he take their advice on clemency for death row's Thomas Whitaker? statesman.com/news/will-abbo…
Nice photo by @RalphBarrera of Kent Whitaker embracing his wife, Tanya, moments after learning that the parole board recommended that his son be spared execution. https://t.co/rA0JIlFqG5
The vote was unanimous. Whitaker's father and new wife, Tanya, burst into tears as it's announced. They're now off to see Gov. Abbott's general counsel to make their plea that Abbott accept the recommendation.
BREAKING: Texas parole board votes to recommend clemency to death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, whose father Kent has campaigned to sparehim the death penalty despite Thomas setting up the ambush that killed Kent’s wife and only other child. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Father of death row inmate Thomas Whitaker (seated left) is awaiting word on parole board vote on his clemency request. Should come soon. https://t.co/EI0NQuAAcg
Meantime, inmate's lawyers will ask #scotus to halt Thursday's execution, noting that the Supreme Court will consider his appeal at FRIDAY'S conference. The appeal, filed in 2013, says state's execution drugs are aging/deteriorating.
RT @SenatorBirdwell: Kicking off our Senate Finance Committee hearing. Topics today: property tax on business personal property; interest…
RT @KirkPWatson: Senate Finance Committee meets today. #txlege https://t.co/ifQXJxgjId
RT @KimberlyRobinsn: #SCOTUS won’t hear No 17-916 Johnson v Comm’n on Presidential Debates dismissing libertarian and green party candidate…
Still no #scotus action on this case. The wait continues. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Today is decision day for a father trying to save his son from the Texas death penalty: statesman.com/news/crime--la…
Federal court trial on Texas law requiring fetal burial or cremation will begin July 16 in Austin. Judge last month barred Texas from enforcing law until trial. #txlege
RT @sbcmw: If you've got some time this weekend, read my profile of Texas Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick: mystatesman.com/news/state--re… #txlege
Mueller indictment: Russians got advice from unnamed Texas group: statesman.com/news/indictmen…
Paxton responds to @Menendez4Texas letter: You voted for bills banning use of taxpayer money for electioneering. "I do not believe it is appropriate for me to rescind my office’s letters as you have requested." #txlege https://t.co/DEiPiZPLkx
RT @markknoller: VP arrives in San Antonio for Trump fundraiser. Greeted by Gov. @GregAbbott_TX https://t.co/qZJIT35t9Y
US Supreme Court meets today in first conference since hiatus, and justices are taking their 5th look at the Jane Doe immigration/abortion case out of Texas. #scotus
Democratic state senator demands that AG Ken Paxton rescind "unlawful" cease-and-desist letter to 3 school districts. @Menendez4Texas says may try to get DOJ involved: #txlege twitter.com/Menendez4Texas…
Watch @PhilJankowski for coverage of a hot one -- a proposed Austin ordinance requiring paid sick leave that has gotten national attention. More than 300 signed up to speak on it. twitter.com/PhilJankowski/…
RT @JulieChang1: DPS: Plan to lay off 117 troopers has been nixed #txlege statesman.com/news/local/dps…
RT @steve_vladeck: The en banc Fourth Circuit has issued 285 pages worth of opinions affirming the district court’s injunction against #Tra…
VP Mike Pence will be in Texas tomorrow, White House announces. Starting in San Antonio to speak at RNC event. Then off to McAllen w/ Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to tour the border.
All you law folks can stop now. We have a Valentine's winner: twitter.com/appealofwords/…
A big falcon love story in time for Valentine's Day, by Ken Herman: At long last, is motherhood approaching for UT falcon? mystatesman.com/news/opinion/h…
RT @Dexinvestigates: Judge asks state prosecutors to help out on troubled Waco Twin Peaks biker shooting case. AG's office declines, saying…
RT @AstroTerry: Lights & Lightning. Can you spot the heart shaped cloud? #ValentinesDay https://t.co/NLMrlWuxpF
Tx Court of Criminal Appeals UPHOLDS anti-harassment law protecting people under protective orders from a judge. Ruling: search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as…
Oh, that's an option that will cost you... twitter.com/HCookAustin/st…
Texas father makes personal plea to spare condemned son’s life -- Thomas Whitaker, who had his mother and brother killed and almost killed his father: statesman.com/news/texas-fat…
Breaking: Saying Texas is violating federal law by not helping Texans with disabilities register to vote, disability rights group threatens to sue: statesman.com/news/disabilit…
RT @TDCAA: We were sad to see that former #TxCCA Judge Chuck Campbell passed away last week. He contributed much to his State as a prosecut…
Domino effect: Trump names Don Willett to 5th Circuit, Abbott names Jimmy Blacklock, his general counsel, to replace Willett on Tx Supreme Court. Abbott replaces Blacklock with Andrew Oldham, who today Trump tapped for 5th Circuit: statesman.com/news/trump-tap…
President Trump taps Andrew Oldham, Gov. Abbott's general counsel, for 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Oldham recently replaced Jimmy Blacklock, named by Abbott to the Texas Supreme Court.
RT @JusticeGuzman: Court conference this Tues. We will discuss all cases argued last week. The discussion begins with the assigned author…
RT @Dexinvestigates: ICYMI: The Texas Crime of the Century produced an unusual and enduring friendship between a prison informant who helpe…
Interesting pairing in the Statesman's afternoon email alert with the 2nd (mine) and 3rd stories... https://t.co/9plx79Pa5i
RT @KaYo013: @chucklindell As a former professional drinker - no meetings, so not an alcoholic - I harbored a similar opinion until I was s…
After 4th DWI conviction, San Antonio man argued that legal driving limits discriminate against alcoholics, who have higher tolerances. statesman.com/news/does-texa…
Guy with at least 2 prior DWIs seeks to overturn latest conviction (and 4-year sentence) by saying .08 legal limit discriminates against alcoholics, who have higher tolerances. Nope, says 3rd Court of Appeals, to nobody’s surprise: projects.statesman.com/documents/?doc…
A little-noticed trial that begins Monday in Corpus Christi federal court will weigh ending statewide elections for Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals. #txlege mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
A member of the 'Dirty Thirty,' this Texan was known for wit, artistry and integrity in Texas House -- Neil Caldwell, 1929-2018: #txlege mystatesman.com/news/this-texa…
Neil Caldwell, a member of the Dirty Thirty, Texas House member from 1960-77, a longtime state judge and 1987 state artist of Texas, has died. I'll have a story shortly. #txlege
RT @tplohetski: BREAKING: Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr announces departure. She will lead Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, where her career…
Death sentence for Steven Thomas affirmed by Court of Criminal Appeals in 1980 murder of Mildred McKinney, 73, in Williamson County: search.txcourts.gov/handdown.aspx?…
RT @mcpli: Both Texas House and Texas Senate on the 2018 electoral target list for Obama/Holder redistricting group. #txlege https://t.co/Z…
UPDATED: Prison officials agree to air condition East Texas unit, settling lawsuit after more than 3-year legal fight: statesman.com/news/updated-t…
Texas agrees to air condition prison, settling lawsuit over high heat. Final agreement must still be approved by federal judge in Houston. statesman.com/news/texas-agr…
Texas prison officials and lawyers for inmates have settled a lawsuit over excessive heat at the Pack Unit, which houses elderly and those with chronic illness. No details yet. Details to be finalized in coming weeks, presented to court.
The Memo is the ultimate political Rorschach test. Do you see a devil eating the heart of democracy? Do you see a quiet angel, minding its own business? https://t.co/5tnAE6aggy
RT @JulieChang1: An estimated 1,600 DACA teachers/education professionals work in Texas | Special report: How DACA put these Austin teacher…
RT @stinebaker: Just a reminder that this was the line outside the NRG shelter 5 days after #HurricaneHarvey - not the line for assistance,…
RT @NBCNews: JUST IN: Father of victims restrained in court after lunging for disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar: "Give me one minute…
Death row inmate Rodney Reed asks US Supreme Court to grant DNA tests on crime-scene evidence: statesman.com/news/rodney-re…
Kicking off a tour of Latin America, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson comes to Austin to lay out the Trump agenda for the hemisphere: mystatesman.com/news/austin-re…
DPS says it will begin enhanced enforcement of Texas law requiring drivers to go 20 mph below speed limit, move over if possible, for emergency vehicles/tow trucks w/ lights activated on roadsides. https://t.co/56zD5yM441
RT @chucklindell: Lunar eclipse in Austin: Shadow starts moving across moon at 5:48 am Wednesday. Moon enters full shadow at 6:51 am, sets…
Dang. What kind of place you looking at if $27,000 is needed to offset temporary housing costs? https://t.co/5Qrk4i3gd8
In statement, DPS says Texas Rangers will begin investigating abuse allegations at Karolyi Ranch immediately. https://t.co/SLNlGcADX9
RT @catblackfrazier: This @CNN news alert has buzzed on my phone about 38 times now, and resends about every 5 seconds. Oh the irony. https…
Updated story here on Gov. Abbott's call for Texas Rangers to investigate allegations that gymnasts were sexually abused at Karolyi Ranch near Huntsville: statesman.com/news/abbott-as… twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
RT @JulieChang1: .@TXSBOE is about to start discussion on a possible Mexican-American studies course. Tune in here: adminmonitor.com/tx/tea/committ…
Things that sounded better in your head than aloud... twitter.com/mj_lee/status/…
Breaking: Gov. Abbott orders Texas Rangers to investigate sexual abuse of gymnasts at Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville. "Those athletes, as well as all Texans, deserve to know that no stone is left unturned." #txlege https://t.co/rOCFDiYhJH
Here's a copy of the ruling: projects.statesman.com/documents/?doc… #txlege And here's a developing story on the ruling: statesman.com/news/breaking-…
Law was to take effect Feb. 1. Both sides have 10 days to submit proposed trial dates. Expedited scheduling order to come. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Breaking: US judge temporarily blocks Texas law requiring fetal burial/cremation. A similar state rule was blocked last year. Story to come. #txlege
Lunar eclipse in Austin: Shadow starts moving across moon at 5:48 am Wednesday. Moon enters full shadow at 6:51 am, sets 30 minutes later still in eclipse. Details: timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa… https://t.co/mmuyeLCxBk
RT @scottbraddock: Well, this is being circulated now in Austin #txlege https://t.co/hlVAuPBw31
After suing Obama 20+ times, Texas AG Ken Paxton pivots to defend Trump policies in courts across the nation: mystatesman.com/news/ken-paxto…
Texas Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway: "I applaud the brave young women who stepped out of the shadows to shine the light on Larry Nassar and his crimes." #txlege Full statement: https://t.co/glqkIBn5WD
 
 
 
 
 
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