Category Archives: Judiciary and Jurisprudence

Air conditioning to remedy heat at Texas prison after legal settlement

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has installed air conditioning in a prison near Navasota as part of a recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by inmates over excessive heat at the facility. The settlement requires TDCJ to install … Continue reading

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Debate continues on guns in buildings that contain courtrooms

Some Texas cities and counties have lifted bans on handguns in multi-use government buildings that house courtrooms after individuals complained that the bans were too broad and therefore illegal. At least two challenges to local bans have moved to the courts. In 2015, the Texas Legislature … Continue reading

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Lawmakers review growing concerns about patent ‘trolls’

As lawsuits over ambiguous patent infringements become a growing concern in several states, including Texas, committees in the Texas Legislature are reviewing the issue this interim. The issue involves patent assertion entities (PAEs) acquiring vaguely worded patents for products or processes … Continue reading

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Interim committee on judicial selection appointed

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus recently appointed six House members to a Joint Interim Committee on Judicial Selection. Under HB 2772 by J. Rodriguez, enacted in 2013 by the 83rd Legislature, the committee is charged with studying and … Continue reading

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House committee discusses judicial selection and term length

Methods of judicial selection and the length of judicial terms in Texas were on the agenda at a recent hearing of the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. Under the Texas Constitution, Art. 5, secs. 2, 4, and 6, justices or … Continue reading

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