Feed the Hungry

Today is the Brazos Valley Food Bank’s annual Feast of Caring. I hope it is a big success and encourage everyone to attend and give. If you cannot go, please make a contribution when you next consider your charitable giving for 2018. In a community such as ours that appears to be so prosperous, you […]

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Bias Against Muslims as a Factor in Litigation

Since 9/11, there has been an awareness among lawyers of an anti-Muslim bias and prejudice that potentially affects the fairness of trials. We are now learning this goes beyond Muslims and extends to Arabs. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 43% of all Americans admit to holding prejudice against Muslims and 39% express an unfavorable […]

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The Mystery of Low Wages

For many years and particularly since the Republican tax cuts, there has been a problem that economists and the Federal Reserve Bank can’t seem to explain or solve: stagnant or falling wages. Job growth has been robust for years and it was promised that tax cuts would enable corporations to pay higher wages. According to […]

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The Appointment

President Trump has appointed Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. This was immediately followed by the usual coded double talk from politicians and political pundits on the right who said in various ways that Kavanaugh was not an “activist judge”. For example, Trump promised a Justice “who will faithfully interpret the […]

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You Had to Know It Was Coming

You may recall the recent United States Supreme ruling in the case of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.  The Court actually evaded a direct ruling on the question of whether a religious conviction could justify refusal of goods and services by holding, in essence, that the baker […]

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It’s Only 52 Million People – What’s the Big Deal?

The State of Texas, led by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, has filed a federal lawsuit along with 20 other Republican Attorneys General seeking a judicial declaration that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. Under normal circumstances the Justice Department would assume its legal responsibility to defend the constitutionality of a law passed by […]

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Democracy Takes Another Hit

On 6/11/18 the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 vote that Ohio can purge a registered voter from the voter rolls if the voter has not voted and does not respond to a notice. Ohio begins the purging process based on the failure to vote in a single federal election cycle. […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

I recently watched a segment of Bryant Gumbel’s Real Sports on HBO that had to do with injuries caused by foul balls in major league ballparks. The program featured the stories of many victims who had sustained gruesome injuries and it also documented the failure of Major League Baseball to protect its fans. On March […]

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The Cake Case – What Does It Mean?

The U.S. Supreme Court finally issued its opinion in the famous case of the commercial baker in Colorado who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. The decision was 7-2 in favor of the baker. Religious conservatives are hailing it as a victory for freedom of religion, freedom of religious expression and […]

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A Solution Looking for a Problem

It now seems certain that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to rollback fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. Fuel efficiency standards and how they are calculated is complicated, but suffice it to say that the rule in question required passenger cars to average 50 miles per gallon by 2025. This rule was […]

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When Jurors Don’t Get Along

The New York Times ran an interesting article on 5/30/2018 regarding a hotly contested criminal trial in Federal District Court in New York. The trial involves charges against a former elected official who is accused of public corruption in a bribery and kickback scheme. After 7 days of deliberations, one of the jurors failed to […]

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May a Lawyer Disobey a Client?

The United States Supreme Court has granted a convicted killer a new trial based upon his lawyer’s decision to disobey his client’s clear instructions. The facts are that Robert McCoy was charged with murdering 3 family members in Louisiana. The state was seeking the death penalty. McCoy told his lawyer that he was not guilty, […]

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Distracted Driving in an Autonomous Car

In March, 2018, an autonomous vehicle being tested in Arizona struck and killed a pedestrian. An exhaustive investigation was undertaken by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The results were released on 5/24/2018. The NTSB found that the vehicle’s computer system spotted the pedestrian 6 seconds before impact, but it did not slow down or […]

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Draining the Swamp? Not So Fast.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been in the news a lot lately. Its control of politicians is plain to see. The NRA has about 3 million members and it does have a lot of money it is willing to spend to attempt to unseat politicians who don’t toe the line, but with all its […]

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Workers Lose a Big Case

The United States Supreme Court ruled on 5/21/18 that companies can force their employees to resolve their claims in arbitration rather than in a court of law and that agreements which prohibit employees from banding together in a class action case are enforceable. This decision is a major blow to all workers who have signed employment […]

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Before It’s Too Late

“It is strange that we didn’t even notice the moment we lost everything. We didn’t start the fight for our beliefs when it was possible. Now we can do nothing. We can only watch silently as everything is falling apart.”     These words could have been used to describe the ascent of Nazi Germany, […]

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Doesn’t Politics Make You Sick?

I have often heard it said that watching lawmakers make law is like watching a butcher make sausage. It is messy and not for the squeamish or faint of heart. We have just learned that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer”, was paid millions of dollars by companies seeking insider influence over […]

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Is Solitary Confinement Unconstitutional?

There are approximately 80,000 inmates in solitary confinement in the United States. The United States Supreme Court seems to be poised to take up the question of whether prolonged solitary confinement is unconstitutional because it violates the Eighth Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment. There seems to be broad judicial agreement that prolonged solitary […]

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