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

Flipping Out | Texas Monthly — THEY HAD NAMES LIKE KAYLEE AND HAILEY and Ashley and Brittany, and they all had long legs and glossy hair and tan summer skin. More than a thousand of them-1,345 cheerleaders from across Texas-had come to Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, on a sticky afternoon in June for the first day of cheer camp, and a clutch of mothers and squirming little sisters was taking in the view.

Ex-DA Who Sent Exoneree Anthony Graves to Death Row Is Disbarred — It's been nine long years since the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Charles Sebesta, the Burleson County DA who prosecuted Anthony Graves for capital murder, had withheld favorable evidence and used false testimony to secure a conviction-a conviction that sent Graves to death row.

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.
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Jul 06, 2015

Thanks @CallerElaine! For some reason, it still appears to be behind the paywall on both my browser and my phone.

Jul 05, 2015

For more on "satanic panic" victims Fran & Dan Keller read Gary Cartwright's '94 masterpiece, "Innocent & The Damned"…

Jul 05, 2015

@CallerKMT @callerdotcom Krista, will this come out from behind the paywall at a certain time? I'd love to tweet the link when/if it does.

Jul 05, 2015

Shame on the Court of Criminal Appeals for not declaring "satanic panic" victims Fran & Dan Keller innocent…

Jul 03, 2015

RIP Lawrence Herkimer. Here's a 2005 cover story of mine on cheerleading w/ deets on Herkie…

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