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Supreme Court of Texas Update: Dacus v. Parker

June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dacus v. Parker No. 13-0047 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. JUSTICE DEVINE delivered the opinion of the Court. A majority of voters in Houston amended their city charter to create a fund for drainage and streets, requiring Houston to obtain funding for the project. Plans for charging beneficiaries of the drainage system for their use were published in a local newspaper. The ballot did not mention these charges. After the vote, several voters “sought a [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: City of Dallas v. TCI W. End, Inc.

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

City of Dallas v. TCI W. End, Inc. No. 13-0795 Case summary written by Samantha Kelly, Articles Editor. Per curiam. TCI West End, Inc. demolished a building in a historic overlay district in Dallas. A city ordinance requires building owners, before demolition, to apply for a determination over whether buildings in a historic overlay district are subject to strict demolition requirements. The City of Dallas sued TCI for civil penalties for violation of this ordinance under § 54.017 of the Local [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Ex Parte Thomas Edward Castillo

June 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ex Parte Thomas Edward Castillo No. PD-0545-14 Case Summary written by Sarah Ellison, Articles Editor. JUDGE HERVEY delivered the opinion of the Court. In 2000, the appellant married Carol Sanchez. Following their separation ten years later, the appellant snuck into Sanchez’s bedroom and murdered her new boyfriend, Rogelio “Ray” Nava, and inflicted stab injuries to Sanchez, which she survived. The appellant was charged in two separate indictments for capital murder and aggravated assault [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Ross v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ross v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital No. 13-0439 Case Summary written by Sara Thornton, Managing Editor. JUSTICE JOHNSON delivered the opinion of the Court. JUSTICE LEHRMANN, joined by JUSTICE DEVINE, concurred. JUSTICE BROWN did not participate in the decision. Factual Background: This case involved a premises liability suit brought under the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMLA). Lezlea Ross, who was visiting a patient at the hospital, fell near the entrance of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital [...]
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