Representative Joe Moody and Senator Jose Rodriguez pass key Vinton legislation



AUSTIN—State Representative Joe Moody (D-District 78, El Paso) has passed legislation aimed directly at helping the citizens of the Village of Vinton hold their local elected officials accountable. House Bills 3015 and 2259 were passed out of the Texas Senate yesterday after sponsorship by State Senator José Rodriguez (D-District 29, El Paso). They now await the governor’s signature.


Vinton has been embroiled in significant controversy recently, with outraged citizens saying that a bloc of councilmembers have... [more]


Report: Open Discovery May Thwart Wrongful Convictions

 by Brandi Grissom, The Texas Tribune            

 February 27, 2013              


The amount of evidence that Texans accused of crimes can get from prosecutors varies across the state, leading to inequities in the way justice is meted out, according to a report released Wednesday, which suggests that requiring more transparency could prevent wrongful convictions.


Texas Defender Service, which represents death row inmates, and... [more]




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