The feud between Jerry Laza and the City of Palestine has brewed for decades. The City of Palestine, Texas, has taken Jerry Laza back to court allegedly make him comply with a court order and “clean up” his property filled with lawn mowers. “Laza is running a junkyard at his lawn mower repair shop. The

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

Death on the Red River

Jennifer Harris was 28 when she disappeared on May 12, 2002. Her Jeep was found abandoned on the side of the road. Six days later, a fisherman found her nude body floating in the Red River.   Police learned Jennifer had told at least one other person she was pregnant. Initially, while she was missing,

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

A Hate Crime in Normangee Texas

  A hate crime (also known as a bias-motivated crime or bias crime) is a prejudice -motivated crime which occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership (or perceived membership) in a certain social group or race. To include someone that identifies as a homosexual.   An unsolved missing person case involving a Leon County

East Texas Task Force

  A former Federal Officer turned Private Investigator claims East Texas officials have generationally benefited from the ongoing narcotics trade by being involved in it at every level. Not only are federal monies under the Byrne grants siphoned off by small-town law enforcement agencies, but local officials use the Tulia Laws to grab up foreclosed

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  If you are over about 35, then you can probably remember a better time. I am not talking about a simpler time. After all, the 80s were just as scary as the rest of the Cold War. Chance of Nuclear War. A new disease that people had never heard about before or had any

    Offender Name: Larry Max Pugh, Jr. Custody Status: In Custody Age: 45 Location: CHEROKEE COUNTY JAIL Race: White Offender ID: 18051113362144 Gender: Male Date of Birth: 10/18/1972 Aliases: Larry Pugh   Cherokee County, TX: Former City of Jacksonville police officer and serial rapist Larry Pugh is back in town for the next few

A Hat Full of Hate in Palestine

  On Aug. 16, 2017, Anderson County resident F. Lee Morris, one of Sheriff Greg Taylor’s most outspoken critics, came home to find an Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputy, identified as Colman, on his property.   Morris, who has a longstanding suit against Anderson County and Taylor, has made several allegations against Taylor and his

  What, you might ask, would a fictionalized documentary about a child-sex ring at a rural Texas kindergarten and swingers club—a child-sex ring that never actually existed—look like? You can see for yourself at the Austin Film Festival Friday night, when Booger Red, a film by Berndt Mader, makes its North American premiere at 9:30

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