by Ty Clevenger   In my July 9, 2018 blog post, I tried to give 85th District Court Judge Kyle Hawthorne the benefit of the doubt. It turns out he didn’t deserve it.   I learned last week that Judge Hawthorne’s favoritism toward his former law firm and law partner was far worse than I

July 9, 2018 by Ty Clevenger   First, a little background: As a practicing lawyer, I’ve had to keep my mouth shut about a lot of things. Some of it is pretty straightforward, e.g., privileged communications from my client. Other things are much murkier, e.g., deciding when to speak up about the petty corruption and

Off the Reservation

The Texas Rangers  agreed in March 2018 to a request by the New Boston City Council to investigate Police Chief Tony King for firing a lieutenant without cause, racial discrimination in hiring and making taxpayer underwritten purchases without Council approval. Citizens of this city of 4,500 in the far northeast corner of the state have

By Dave Lieber The joke I make when Ty Clevenger and I arrive at a Plano coffee shop to talk is that he should sit with his back to the wall. It’s a Mafia thing. When someone enters looking for you, it’s not such a big surprise.   Ty Clevenger is a marked man, not

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Campaign Finance Violations in Texas

    Jefferson County (Beaumont) Sheriff Zena Harrison, former Sheriff candidate Ray Beck, and former Sheriff candidate Joe Stevenson were indicted by a Chambers County Grand Jury today and arrested for campaign finance violations.   The Chambers County Grand Jury unsealed indictments against the three that resulted from a related federal investigation. Federal officials contacted

Wolves and Sharks at the Oasis

    Tucked away near the Louisiana – Texas border is a small old town whose main street harks back to French Colonialism. A historical marker indicates the French Catholic Cemetery. Numerous old homes seem to be centered around the town center. Walking across the street to the set meeting location, a café in what

  By Josh Eells   How an elite anti-narcotics task force became the most brazen drug thieves on the Texas border   The temperature was nearing triple digits when Jonathan Treviño strapped on his bulletproof vest, slipped his .40-caliber Glock into his ankle holster and got ready to go to work. It was Thursday, July

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    by Michael Cole   There was once a time where telling crowds that you had the endorsement of your state’s US Senator or Governor was a big deal. It meant that you had distinguished yourself in local or state politics. It was a way to highlight an up and coming new politician, or