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Court: Warrant Needed To Draw Blood In DWI Cases

Texas’ highest criminal court has ruled that drawing the blood of an uncooperative drunken driving suspect in Texas without a search warrant is unconstitutional.

11/26/2014

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

New Sentencing For Former Carthage Mortician Bernie Tiede

Texas’ highest court has granted a new sentencing hearing for the mortician whose conviction for killing his longtime companion and storing her body in a freezer inspired the dark-comedy movie ‘Bernie.’

11/26/2014

The Texas death chamber in Huntsville. (credit: Getty Images/Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Woman On Texas Death Row Loses State Court Appeal

Texas’ highest criminal court denied an appeal Wednesday from a woman who was sentenced to death for the killing of her developmentally disabled babysitter four years ago.

11/19/2014

The Wynne Unit in Huntsville, one of the seven prison units in Walker County, Texas.  (Photo credit CHANTAL VALERY/AFP/Getty Images)

Reprieve Granted For Texas Prisoner Facing Execution

The state’s highest criminal appeals court has blocked the scheduled execution this week of a 40-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy sleeping with his mother 20 years ago.

10/13/2014

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaking at a public event. (credit: Getty Images/Win McNamee)

Texas Appeals Court Upholds DeLay Reversal

The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions for former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

10/01/2014

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

‘Bernie’ Victim’s Family Fights For Voice In Court

When the East Texas mortician who inspired the movie ‘Bernie’ was let out of prison, the family of the elderly woman he killed found out about his release from reporters.

09/05/2014

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Lawyers: Rape Case Sign Of Texas Court’s Shift

A Texas court recently changed course, accepting the appeal, of a Fort Worth police officer convicted of rape, under the same argument it denied a decade ago: that a witness potentially lying was enough for a new trial.

08/13/2014

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

North Texas Grandmother’s Killer Loses Appeal

The state’s highest criminal court has upheld the death sentence of a Fort Worth man convicted of killing a 61-year-old grandmother at her Johnson County home four years ago.

06/18/2014

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Arlington Man On Death Row 3 Decades Loses Appeal

Texas’ highest criminal court has rejected an appeal from a former Arlington man on death row 30 years for the execution-style shooting deaths of four people at an airplane hangar on a North Texas ranch.

06/11/2014

Roderick Harris, 27, was sentenced to death for capital murder on May 21, 2012. (Credit: Dallas County)

Dallas Gang Member’s Death Sentence Upheld

The state’s highest appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Dallas street gang member sent to death row for the fatal shootings of two brothers during a March 2009 home robbery.

05/21/2014

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

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