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Houston City Employee Illegally Uses Taxpayer Resources to Influence Elections

Houston City Employee Illegally Uses Taxpayer Resources to Influence Elections

City of Houston employee illegally used city resources to influence the upcoming election of candidates sympathetic to the gay rights caucus.

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Harris County District Attorney: Secret Justice Part I – The Prostitution of Power

Harris County District Attorney: Secret Justice Part I – The Prostitution of Power

August 11, 2012 –  Part I of Secret Justice looks at just how far reaching the power of the prosecutor extends and what happens when a prosecutor is willing to trade that power for personal gain.  Part I of Secret Justice examines how the District Attorney’s office has put our community at risk by corrupting […]

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Retribution and Harassment – What Citizens Pay for Disclosure

Retribution and Harassment  – What Citizens Pay for Disclosure

One of the costs of writing a blog such as this are the inevitable conflicts with the very authorities who have already refused to act to clean up their own house.  When we first started down this road we were advised that we would have to watch our every step.   Routinely, we were told, criminal […]

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District Judge Jaclanel McFarland Advocates Anti-Gay Bias Intolerance

District Judge Jaclanel McFarland Advocates Anti-Gay Bias Intolerance

Advocating an intolerance of homosexuality, that gay people are inherently evil, Judge Jaclanel McFarland reminds Harris County that today’s black robes of justice are not that far removed from yesterday’s white sheets of hate. Most of the time a judgment from a court is just that, the court’s opinion on the merits. However, occasionally a […]

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“Corruption on Steroids” – Harris County DA Research Request

“Corruption on Steroids” – Harris County DA Research Request

UPDATED 9/30/2012 A number of our readers have contacted us regarding access to the source material we used for our upcoming series on the Harris County District Attorney’s office, “Corruption on Steroids”.  After some discussion, we decided that the best way to handle the majority of the requests was to post a number of examples […]

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Corruption on Steroids – The Harris County DA’s Office has its own brand of Secret Justice.

Corruption on Steroids – The Harris County DA’s Office has its own brand of Secret Justice.

Our upcoming three part investigative series exposes the secret justice that the Harris County District Attorney’s office makes available to those in the know – for a price.  We’ll be exploring a machine of corruption driven by a staff that is all but untouchable. Part one of the series, “Secret Justice”, picks up with the […]

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Part III: Shielded from Justice: Who Polices the Houston Police

Part III: Shielded from Justice: Who Polices the Houston Police

We began this three part investigative series in an effort to expose how the citizens of Houston, the fourth largest city in America, had lost oversight of its police.  Project 143set out to explore a police department unresponsive to citizen complaints and unaccountable to the public it serves.  What we did not expect was that shortly […]

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Good Hope at the Crossroads of History and Fate

Good Hope at the Crossroads of History and Fate

“At times, history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom.”  President Johnson opened his speech to a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1965, throwing the full weight of his administration behind legislation that would become the Voting Rights […]

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Steve’s Thoughts

Steve’s Thoughts

Albert Einstein’s quote, “The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.” It has been almost 2 weeks since last hearing anything about the Chad Holley beating.  It has also been that long since hearing words like subpoena power for an oversight […]

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Citizens oversight without authority is nothing more than observation

Citizens oversight without authority is nothing more than observation

On February 18th, Mayor Annise Parker announced what she called “a sweeping package of new initiatives aimed at restoring public trust in the Houston Police Department.”  Judging from the general reaction, its clear that rather than a shiny package of sweeping new initiatives, the public was expecting a package sweeping changes. The Mayor’s new Independent […]

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