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A false testimony may have put a Texas man on death row, his attorneys say. He was executed anyway.

Travis Runnels, 46, died by lethal injection Dec. 11, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

It was hardly a question whether Travis Runnels, the ninth and final Texas inmate executed on death row this year, had committed a murder. Over a decade ago, the Dallas native pleaded guilty in the 2003 killing of his former ...

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Texas court weighs whether a 5-year sentence for illegal voting is legitimate or a ‘threat to democracy’


Crystal Mason was sentenced to five years in prison last year for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election, a case that garnered national attention both for the severity of the sentence and as an illustration of Texas’s purported crackdown ...

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GOP judge releases juvenile defendants after election loss: ‘Obviously what the voters wanted’

Glenn Devlin, a District Court judge in Houston who was among 59 Republican jurists in the county who were swept out of office in a Democratic rout, released at least seven and potentially more minors who appeared before him on ...

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Bodies of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed after one man’s quest

Today the city of Sugar Land is a sprawling suburb southwest of Houston, home to Imperial Sugar Co., shopping malls and endless cul-de-sacs. But, more than a century ago, it was a sprawling network of sugar cane plantations and prison ...

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Texas inmate facing execution loses appeal

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal from an East Texas man facing execution in March for a shootout that left two Henderson County sheriff’s deputies dead nearly eight years ago. The justices made ...

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Justices consider Texas rape-murder case

WASHINGTON — A black inmate on Texas’ death row who claims he had a clandestine relationship with a white woman but did not rape or kill her is asking the Supreme Court to take his case. Rodney Reed tells the ...

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Texas DA slain in his home; had armed himself

KAUFMAN, Texas — Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland took no chances after one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down two months ago. McLelland said he carried a gun everywhere he went and was extra careful when answering the ...

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PAETEC a ‘Best Company to Work for in Texas’

Perinton-based PAETEC Holding Corp. has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas for the second year in a row. The awards program is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas ...

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