The Austin Chronicle reports on a debate between Rosemary Lehmberg and Charlie Baird, Democratic candidates for Travis County District Attorney.
Blog Grits for Breakfast examines interim charges for Texas House Committees and highlights those “potentially interesting from a criminal justice perspective.” The topics include appropriations, border and intergovernmental affairs, corrections, criminal jurisprudence and more.
The AmLaw Litigation Daily, a Texas Lawyer affiliate, discusses Monday’s jury verdict in Marshall “finding that Pier 1 [Imports] did not infringe Alexsam's patents on a method of conducting electronic transactions on pre-paid gift cards. The 8-0 verdict, delivered by an all-women jury in the notoriously plaintiffs-friendly district, is the first public setback in Alexsam's four-year litigation spree over the same patents.”
Wilson County commissioners next week plan to discuss structural problems with the county’s courthouse, reports the San Antonio Express-News. The story says, “The main section of the courthouse, built in 1884, was vacated by county workers and closed last month after cracks in its brick walls raised concerns that it could collapse.”
In an opinion piece, Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesmanwrites that the Texas Constitution “is a big ol' mess, chock full of stuff that probably should be in statutes, not in a constitution. But Texans seem to like it that way.” Herman notes that Texas voters will decide the fate of 10 additional proposed amendments on Nov. 8. “Unless you are special, you have no idea how to vote on any of the 10. . . . The homework is available in the League of Women Voters of Texas' voters guide at http://bit.ly/oakfqC,” the article says.
-- Angela Morris