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Texas death row prisoner Lester Bower. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Texas Inmate Set To Die For Murder That Happened 31-Years Ago

67-year old Lester Bower will be the oldest Texas inmate executed if his scheduled lethal injection is carried out this week in Huntsville for the slayings of four men at a North Texas ranch more than 31 years ago.

06/02/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Vote Reform For Grand Jury “Pick-A-Pal” Process

The U.S. Supreme Court has criticized the “Pick-a-Pal” system, but small-county judges oppose changing it, arguing that jury pools may get too small.

05/23/2015

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Dell Urges Texas Lawmakers To Stop Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

Dell Inc. has joined opposition to a Texas bill that would attempt to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized.

05/13/2015

Texas death row prisoner Lester Bower. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

One Of State’s Longest Serving Death Row Inmates Speaks To CBS 11

He’s one of the longest-serving prisoners to sit on Texas’ death row. Lester Bower spoke exclusively with CBS 11 News about a recent Supreme Court decision to once again put his execution on hold.

02/11/2015

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Texas Executes Man For 1996 Strangling, Beating Death

A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was executed Thursday evening.

01/29/2015

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Fort Worth Man On Death Row Loses Supreme Court Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Fort Worth man convicted of killing a 61-year-old grandmother at her Johnson County home nearly five years ago.

01/20/2015

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Harris County Grand Juries Lack Hispanics

A newspaper says Hispanics are so underrepresented in Houston-area criminal grand juries.

12/20/2014

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Federal Courts Asked To Halt Texas Execution

An appeals court is considering whether a condemned Texas killer should be spared Wednesday so he can undergo more mental examinations to support arguments that he’s delusional.

12/02/2014

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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

Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The high court is scheduled to hear arguments on Fisher V. University of Texas at Austin and are tasked with ruling on whether the university's consideration of race in admissions is constitutional. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Ruling In UT Affirmative Action Case

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a recent decision that upheld the use of race in University of Texas undergraduate admissions.

11/12/2014

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Court Refuses To Reconsider Texas Abortion Ruling

A federal appeals court dealt Texas abortion providers another blow Thursday when it refused to reconsider its previous ruling that upheld one part of tough restrictions that altogether have closed most abortion facilities.

10/09/2014

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Advocates Want U.S. Supreme Court To Block Texas Law

Abortion providers on Monday asked the Supreme Court to block a lower federal court ruling that allowed Texas to enforce tough restrictions effectively closing all but seven abortion facilities in America’s second most-populous state.

10/06/2014

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