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Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay leaves the Travis County Jail after being sentence to three years in prison with probation and posting $20,000 bail bond on January 10, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The one-time prominent Republican Delay was convicted of channeling $190,000 in corporate donations in 2002 through the Republican National Committee to Republican candidates for the Texas state legislature. Texas law prohibits corporations from giving directly to political campaigns.   (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

High Texas Criminal Court Will Hear Tom DeLay Case

The overturned conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be reviewed by the highest criminal court in Texas.

03/19/2014

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Texas Appeals Court Says Cellphones Off-Limits To Search

The state’s top criminal appeals court has ruled that investigators must have search warrants to search the cellphones of suspects and other persons of interest.

02/27/2014

The judge's podium in a courtroom. (credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Appeals Court Rules Tarrant Inmate Can’t Be Executed

A man convicted of murdering a Fort Worth restaurant manager in October of 1989 cannot be executed, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday.

09/11/2013

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Lawyer: Kimberly McCarthy’s Execution Can’t Be Stopped

An attorney for a Dallas County woman set to die Wednesday says she has exhausted all efforts to block her execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

06/25/2013

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Appeal Seeks To Halt Dallas County Woman’s Execution

The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week is appealing to block the woman’s execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

06/19/2013

Mugshot of Randolph Arledge, who was convicted of a 1981 Texas murder that DNA testing later proved he did not commit. Arledge was exonerated on February 11, 2013. (credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Corsicana Man Convicted In ’81 Stabbing Death Freed

A 58-year-old Corsicana man walked free Monday after serving years for a crime he didn’t commit — the repeated stabbing of a woman whose body was found on a dirt road in rural Navarro County.

02/11/2013

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Texas Inmate Ordered Retried In ’80 ‘Waiting Ever Since’

Texas prisoner Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when he was told his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Hartfield was moved off death row, but 32 years later is still waiting for that new trial.

01/04/2013

Judge Who Refused After-Hours Appeal Re-elected

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller has been re-elected.

11/06/2012

Larry Sims on the day he was exonerated. (Credit: CBSDFW.com)

Until Death, Texas Inmate Tried To Clear Name

Former inmate Larry Sims died a free man, if not innocent one in the eyes of the law. It wasn’t enough, say family and friends, who described a man with a broken spirit who could not find work or happiness after his release from prison after 24 years.

06/22/2012

Hank Skinner, an ex-con sent to Texas' death row for three murders and spared from execution earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. (credit: AP Photo)

State Backs DNA Testing For Hank Skinner

Reversing its decade-long objection to testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner says could prove his innocence, the Texas Attorney General’s office today filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals seeking to test DNA in the case.

06/04/2012

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Texas Death Row Inmate’s Mental Health Questioned

The outcome of legal wrangling about condemned killer Steven Staley’s mental health is likely to determine if the former laborer is put to death this week in Texas for a slaying almost a quarter-century ago in Fort Worth.

05/13/2012

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Ex-Inmate Struggles To Cash In On Compensation Law

Billy Frederick Allen spent more than 25 years in prison before an appeals court overturned his convictions in two murders. Three years after winning his freedom, Allen is fighting the state again — this time for the $2 million he says he’s owed for wrongful imprisonment.

03/17/2012

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