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June 26, 1993 | Reuters
A state court judge ordered anti-abortion protesters to stay away from the homes of eight Houston-area physicians who perform abortions. Harris County District Court Judge Eileen O'Neill issued a temporary restraining order late Thursday. It prohibits protesters from coming within 500 feet of the homes and blocks them from making verbal threats toward the doctors or their families.
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February 26, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - A federal judge in deeply conservative Texas overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, saying the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes gay couples, a ruling that gay rights advocates say adds significant momentum to their push for the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue. Texas is the largest state and one of several conservative states, including Oklahoma and Virginia, where judges have recently struck down bans on same-sex marriage. In Texas and elsewhere, judges have stayed their rulings pending appeals, meaning that same-sex couples will not be legally exchanging vows any time soon.
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September 5, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge who was ordered by an appeals court to reexamine the weapons sentences he gave five Branch Davidians in 1994 reimposed the same terms. At issue was whether the defendants carried or just had access to machine guns during a 1993 firefight with federal agents attempting to arrest cult leader David Koresh. Four federal agents and six Branch Davidians were killed.
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May 4, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Friday that Texas cannot ban Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds while a federal lawsuit over funding is pending. The lawsuit, filed last month, concerns a law Texas legislators passed last year that would have eliminated funding to 49 Planned Parenthood clinics Tuesday. On Monday, before that could happen, a federal judge in Austin granted an injunction barring the state from enforcing the law until the federal case is resolved.
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June 20, 1990 | Associated Press
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a small-town bank allegedly holding a cache of stolen medieval art to open its vault to an inventory by the East German cathedral that claims the treasure. U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ordered also that the time and place of the inspection be kept secret to protect the inspectors and the objects. The works are believed to have been hidden in a German mine shaft and taken by a U.S. soldier from Texas at the end of World War II.
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September 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Texas system of electing district judges by countywide voting was upheld by a federal appeals court that said questions about possibly diluted minority voting strength do not apply. Protections against diluting the voting power of minorities have no bearing on the election of judges because they are not public servants, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled. The decision affects nine Texas counties but has possible broader applications.
NEWS
December 23, 1988
A Dallas judge apologized for a "poor choice of words" in saying he gave a killer a lighter sentence because the victims were "queers." State District Judge Jack Hampton, whose remarks prompted outrage from gay and civil liberties organizations and demands for his removal from the bench, made the apology at the Dallas County Courthouse.
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March 22, 1989 | from Associated Press
Randall Dale Adams, who once was three days from execution for the slaying of a police officer, was freed Tuesday under a court ruling that he didn't get a fair trial. "This is something I've dreamed about for 12 1/2 years," Adams said after the release order was cleared in some last-minute legal action. "It's here, but give me a little bit of time to think about it."
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November 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
Gay activists applauded Tuesday's public censure of a judge who said he gave a lighter sentence to a killer because the victims were homosexuals. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued the censure order for District Judge Jack Hampton, whose remarks to reporters in December ignited a yearlong storm of criticism.
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March 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
A judge withdrew his approval Monday for a child rape suspect's request to be castrated rather than stand trial. The judge said a doctor could not be found to perform the surgery. State District Judge Michael McSpadden agreed March 6 to let Steven Allen Butler be castrated after Butler asked to undergo the procedure rather than stand trial on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl. The judge had said Butler would be placed on a form of probation for 10 years if he underwent the surgery.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2008 | Jenny Jarvie and DeeDee Correll, Times Staff Writers
A judge ruled Friday evening that 416 children seized by authorities during a raid on a polygamous sect's compound are at risk of sexual abuse if they stay with the group and must remain in state care. Texas District Judge Barbara L.
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April 7, 2008 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Texas was forced by federal law to end its poll tax on voters four decades ago, and now another levy has put the Lone Star State in constitutionally murky waters: the "pole tax." Texas lawmakers last year imposed a $5-per-patron fee on strip joints to raise more than $40 million annually for anti-sexual-assault programs and healthcare for the uninsured. The fee, which took effect Jan.
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June 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch from enforcing a voter-approved law prohibiting apartment rentals to illegal immigrants until a legal challenge is resolved. U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay issued a temporary restraining order in May; he issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday.
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October 26, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
When U.S. District Judge Joe Estes of Dallas died on his 86th birthday, they held his funeral at the Highland Park United Methodist Church. His former law clerk Harriet E. Miers gave the eulogy. "The verdict is sure and unanimous," she said. "Judge Estes was a great man." Estes was Miers' first mentor, her hero in the law, the role model who changed her life after her father became seriously ill and before she was drawn headfirst into the world of George W. Bush.
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January 7, 2004 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Federal judges on Tuesday upheld election maps that Republicans drew last year to cement their control of Congress, extending the GOP's dominance in Texas. Democrats had charged in a December trial that the maps disenfranchised minorities and rural communities.
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February 26, 2003 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court put a spotlight Tuesday on racial bias in selecting juries, as the justices reopened the case of a black death row inmate from Texas who had been tried by a nearly all-white jury. The court took up the case of Thomas Miller-El a year ago, just a week before he was to be executed.
NEWS
February 10, 1989 | From United Press International
A group of 10 attorneys on Thursday petitioned for the removal of a Dallas judge who said he sentenced an 18-year-old murderer to only 30 years in prison because his two victims were homosexuals. District Judge Jack Hampton also is under investigation by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct because of complaints filed by the Dallas Gay Alliance and the Texas Human Rights Foundation.
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December 17, 1988 | Associated Press
A gay rights leader warned Friday that outraged voters will remember a judge's statement that he gave a lighter sentence to a murderer partly because his two victims were homosexuals. "These two guys that got killed wouldn't have been killed if they hadn't been cruising the streets picking up teen-age boys," State District Judge Jack Hampton told the Dallas Times Herald in an interview published Friday.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
In the first such ruling in the nation, a federal judge says he will ban the sale of some self-help legal software, contending it amounts to the unauthorized practice of law. The Texas court battle has national implications for law practice and software authorship, and the issue could wind up before state legislatures and the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyers said Tuesday.
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