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Rogers ISD finds machete an illegal weapon: case of zero tolerance or zero common sense? (TX)

Is a machete a farm tool or an illegal weapon?  It’s a contentious issue between the family of Rogers High School student Logan Coufal and Rogers ISD Superintendent Bob Callaghan.  An initial 45-day Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement (DAEP) assessed for possession of an illegal weapon – the machete – resulted from a drug dog hit Keep Reading…

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Irish ‘Children’s Rights Referendum’ cedes parental rights to state

On Nov. 10, Irish voters passed a referendum which functionally abdicated their parental rights to the state.  In Children’s referendum passed amid low turnout, The Irish Times reports passage of the children’s referendum by 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent. Describing the constitutional amendment as looking “at a number of areas of children’s rights including adoption, Keep Reading…

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Morton murder trial gives Wilco new ‘tough on crime, light on justice’ opp (TX)

Public trust betrayed.  Governmental credibility destroyed.  Taxpayer accountability?  Still to be determined.  Fourteen months after his release from prison and subsequent exoneration in the murder of his wife Christine, Michael Morton’s case and related legal actions continue generating attention as was seen Monday morning in a Williamson County courtroom when lawyers for Mark Norwood, the Keep Reading…

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Michael Morton case: Will state of Texas be tough on crime or light on justice?

In 2011, Estate of Denial® creator and online producer Lou Ann Anderson wrote a series of articles about Michael Morton, the Williamson County man wrongfully convicted for the 1986 murder of his wife, Christine, and exonerated only after spending nearly 25 years in prison. Though coverage questioning Morton’s conviction was initially limited to isolated media Keep Reading…

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Indictments raise new suspicions on Dallas DA Watkins’ actions, motives (TX)

For a while now, we’ve heard the occasional drips of concern about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, especially about where his campaign funds have come from and where they’ve gone.  While the drizzle had been infrequent enough to largely ignore, the time may have come for us to take notice and fix the problem Keep Reading…

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