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Senior Editor — Texas Monthly
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Executive Editor at Texas Monthly, covering criminal justice. Die-hard believer in long-form journalism.

Capital Murder Case Against Hannah Overton Dismissed — Nine years after Hannah Overton's nightmarish journey through the criminal justice system began, it ended just as abruptly, yesterday afternoon, when Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka called her attorney, Cynthia Orr, to inform her that he had made a motion to dismiss capital murder charges against her.

To Love and to Cherish — gays and lesbians and their feelings about gays and lesbians getting married, millions of Texans have been on that very same journey," Chuck Smith, the executive director of the LGBT-rights group Equality Texas, told me. State lawmakers, meanwhile, have been slower to come around.

To Love and to Cherish — The epicenter of the culture wars in Texas at this particular moment is an otherwise unremarkable two-story tan-brick house with a tidy yard in the farthest reaches of the South Austin suburbs.

Fifth Circuit Hears Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit — Less than two years after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in United States v. Windsor -which gutted the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman-legislatures and judiciaries in state after state have overturned bans on same-sex marriage.

"Why's this so good?" No. 65: David Grann and the death row prisoner — Four years ago, I began looking into the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was put to death by the state of Texas in 2004. Willingham had been convicted of murdering his three children in 1991 after they died in a house fire; prosecutors argued that Willingham, who had managed to escape, had actually set the fire himself.

The Guilty and the Innocent — On September 17, in a decisive 7-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the capital murder conviction of a Corpus Christi woman named Hannah Overton. Readers of Texas Monthly may recall Overton's case, which I examined in an article a few years ago called "Hannah and Andrew," a lengthy story that questioned the assumptions that had led to her prosecution.

Teenage Wasteland — WHAT STRUCK HIM, HE WOULD later say, was that the boy didn't look anything like a junkie. Plano Police sergeant Aubrey Paul had driven north along Texas Highway 289, where Plano's gated communities and mirrored office parks abruptly give way to unruly stretches of buffalo grass, to check out a call he had received the day before from a detective in the neighboring town of Frisco.

“A Woman Had a Place, and It Was Not Out Practicing Law” — When Dusty Burke, a partner at the prestigious law firm Vinson & Elkins, entered the University of Texas Law School in 1965, she was one of only six female students in a class of hundreds. At the time, few women practiced law; from 1920 to 1970, the number of female attorneys in Texas hovered at less than four percent.

Hannah Overton’s Capital Murder Conviction Is Overturned — Today marked a turning point in the case of Hannah Overton, the Corpus Christi mother of five who has fought for eight years to prove her innocence. This morning, in a decisive 7-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned her capital murder conviction.

Not-So-Loving County — OUT WHERE THE RADIO SIGNALS FADE to static, past where the telephone poles and speed limit signs end, lies one of the loneliest spots on earth: Loving County, where the oil wells outnumber the people ten to one. One hundred and two humans live here, to be exact, making it officially the least-populous area in the nation.
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May 27, 2015

RT @nonsequiteuse: PREACH! @SylvesterTurner asking why, if we care about our schools, we give them guns but no funding. #campuscarry #SB11 #txlege

May 26, 2015

Mary Ellen Mark on immersive reporting: "Every day I had to brace myself as though about to jump into freezing water"…

May 26, 2015

Not Dallas (#1 most dangerous) or Austin (#7). "Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster" h/t @bradfordpearson

May 26, 2015

Texas Senate unanimously passes HB 48, creating a commission to study wrongful convictions. Bravo @rodneyellis…

May 26, 2015

Why is TX home to so many tragedies? "A confluence of geography, weather, prevalence of guns, lax regulations, fate"

May 26, 2015

George Will pronounces death penalty (almost) dead

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