austindefender

Criminal defense in Austin Texas.

Two Judges Plead Guilty…

| February 13, 2009

From today’s WSJ: SCRANTON, Pa. —  Two Pennsylvania judges charged with taking kickbacks to send youth offenders to privately run detention centers have pleaded guilty to fraud. Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a […]

Long-Way Round (Austin is still a car town)

| February 13, 2009

So my wife gave me the address of a house in South Austin to look at today.  The house is nice, it’s reasonably close-in, the price is right, and it’s even got a pool.  Plus (and this is important to me) it’s near Garrison Park. Or is it? Knowing Austin’s (lack of) neighborhood planning, I […]

Judge Baird v. Bill Bishop

| February 13, 2009

There’s an article in the Statesman today confirming the rumor that Bill Bishop is going to be challenging Charlie Baird next year for the 299th District Court. For the record, I’m a big supporter of Judge Baird.  I think he really cares, on a personal level, about what he’s doing, and that’s not something that […]