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Selected Sources for Reading: Books and Articles

Chapter 10: Laws, Courts, and Justice


Alderman, Richard. Know Your Rights: Answers to Texans’ Everday Legal Questions, 7th ed. Dallas: Taylor, 2005.
Anderson, Ken. Crime in Texas: Your Complete Guide to the Criminal Justice System, rev. ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.
Atkinson, Jim. “The Pedofile Next Door.” Texas Monthly (March 2003): 124-129, 138-143. The case history of a sex offender scheduled to be released from a Texas prison.
Ballí, Cecilia. “Return to Padre.” Texas Monthly (January 2001): 98–101, 116, 162–165. How a Mexican American family won its lawsuit involving land on Padre Island.
Bernstein, Jake. “The Chief Reformer Steps Down.” Texas Observer (4 June 2004): 4-5, 12-13. An interview with former Texas Supreme Court justice Tom Phillips.
Bernstein, Jake. “They Shot More Than the Messenger.” Texas Observer (18 February 2005): 6-7, 20, 26. Interview with Tony Fabelo, former director of the Criminal Justice Policy Council that was abolished by Governor Rick Perry’s line-item veto in 2003.
Bethke, James D. “Rich or Poor: The Right to a Fair Trial Requires a Good Lawyer.” Texas Bar Journal 69 (March 2006): 238-243.
Blakeslee, Nate. “Bust Town.” Texas Monthly (November 2002): 46-48, 50, 52, 56. The drug-bust town is Tulia, Texas.
Blakeslee, Nate. “Color of Justice.” Texas Observer (23 June 2000): 8–16. Drug busts and prosecution in the West Texas town of Tulia.
Blakeslee, Nate. “Free at Last?” Texas Observer (25 April 2003): 10-11. 18-19. Tentative settlement of the Tulia drug-bust case.
Blakeslee, Nate. “Just Build It.” Texas Observer (16 February 2001): 6–7. Prison construction in Texas.
Blakeslee, Nate. Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town. New York: Public Affairs Press, 2005.
Bowers, Allison. "Women at the University of Texas School of Law: A Call for Action." Texas Journal of Women and the Law 9 (2000): 117-165.
Brace, Paul, Melinda Gann Hall, and Laura Langer. "Placing State Supreme Courts in State Politics.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 1 (Spring 2001): 81-108.
Brooks, Christian. "Political Bluff and Bluster: Six Years Later, A Comment on the Texas Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act." Texas Tech Law Review 33, no. 1 (2001): 59-103. Why this "strongest state takings law" has been ineffective.
Brown, Joyce Ann, with Jay Gaines. Joyce Ann Brown: Justice Denied. Chicago: Noble Press, 1990. An autobiographical account by a Texan who served more than nine years of a prison sentence for an aggravated robbery she did not commit.
Burrell, William D. “Trends in Probation and Parole in the States.” In Book of the States, 2005 ed., 595-600. Lexington, Ky.: Council of State Governments, 2005.
Burka, Paul. “Hammer Time.” Texas Monthly (November 2005): 14, 15, 16. District Attorney Ronnie Earle and the indictment of U.S. Representative Tom DeLay.
Burris, Kelly L. “The Juvenile Justice System: How Community Programs Play a Role.” Texas Bar Journal 66 (February 2003): 160-163.
Cartwright, Gary. “The Idealist.” Texas Monthly (January 2003): 52, 56-57. The passing of Warren Burnett, a famous Texas trial lawyer from Odessa.
Cartwright, Gary. “Sarita’s Secret.” Texas Monthly (September 2004): 130-133, 239-245. Why DNA testing could rewrite the history of the Kenedy family in South Texas.
Cartwright, Gary. “The Verdict.” Texas Monthly (February 2004): 54, 56-57, 59. Robert Durst, represented by attorney Dick De Guerin, is tried for murder but set free.
Castlebury, Glen. "Correctional Officer Recruitment and Retention in Texas." Corrections Today (June 2002): 80-83.
Castlebury, Glen. "High Profile Inmates: A Security Concern for Texas Prisons." Corrections Today (October 2001): 124-125, 129
Castlebury, Glen. "Texas' Youthful Offender Program." Corrections Today (October 2002): 102-106.
Cheek, Kyle, and Anthony Champagne. Judicial Politics in Texas: Partisanship, Money, and Politics in State Courts. New York: Peter Lang, 2005.
Cheever, Joan. Back from the Dead: On the Trail of the Winners of America’s Death Row Lottery. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2006. About the 589 death row inmates who were saved from execution when the death penalty was abolished for four years following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Furman v. Georgia (1972).
Cloyd, Frances Spears. “Facets of Texas Legal History.”SMU Law Review 52 (Fall 1999): 1653–1681. Early influence, especially Spanish and Mexican, on an evolving legal system for Texas.

Cochran, Judge Cathy. “The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.” Texas Bar Journal 69 (March 2006): 218-223.


Cohen, Jason. “Yes in My Backyard.” Texas Monthly (September 2004): 94, 96, 98-99. Why citizens of Eden, Texas, are glad to have a private prison in their city.
Collett, Teresa Stanton. “Seeking Solomon’s Wisdom: Judicial Bypass of Parental Involvement in a Minor’s Abortion.” Baylor Law Review 52 (Summer 2000): 513–601.
Colloff, Pamela. "The Trick Is Not to Act Like a Lawyer," Texas Monthly (September 2002): 156-159, 215-218, 257. Profile of Rusty Hardin, one of Houston's top lawyers.
Colton, Milo. “What’s Wrong with the Texas Bar Exam? A Minority Report.”Thurgood Marshall Law Review 28 (Fall 2002): 53-74.
Davidson, Mark, and Kent Rutter. “The Making of a Justice: Joe Greenhill/Sarah T. Hughes Race for the Supreme Court.” Texas Bar Journal 63 (November 2000): 961–967, 969.
Davis, Anita. “Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Charles Holcomb.” Texas Bar Journal 66 (July 2003): 584-586. Profile of a Texas judge.
Dennis, David, and Mike Hoy. “Taking a Byte Out of Crime.” Fiscal Notes (January 2000): 5–6. Prison inmates are trained to be computer technicians as they repair and assemble obsolete data processing equipment formerly used by state agencies and universities.
Dingus, Anne. "Dead Line." Texas Monthly (July 2002): 96-101. Notes on the history of homicide in Texas, 1687-2002.
Donald, Mark. “Hecht No! Justice Takes Shots at Judicial Commission.” Texas Lawyer (26 August 2006): 1, 24-26, 28-29. Texas Supreme Court justice appeals admonition for his conduct during the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process involving White House Counsel Harriet Miers.
Dubose, Lou. “Trial and Error.” Texas Observer (25 April 2003): 4-5, 16-17, 28. A personal injury case goes to the Supreme Court of Texas.
Dworaczyk, Kelli. “Does the State’s Use of a Lethal Injection Drug Constitute Cruelty?” Interim News No. 78-5 (Austin: House Research Organization, Texas Legislature, 26 May 2004): 1, 7-8.
Dworazyk, Kelli. “Fair Defense Act: Another Unfunded Mandate?” Interim News No. 78-7 (Austin: House Research Organization, Texas House of Representatives, 22 July 2004): 19-23.
Dworaczyk, Kelli. SB 7 Update: How Counties Provide Indigent Defense. Focus Report No. 77-25. Austin: House Research Organization, Texas House of Representatives, 16 October 2002.
Dworaczyk, Kelli. Should Texas Change Its Laws Dealing with Sex Offenders? Focus Report 79-16. Austin: House Research Organization, Texas House of Representatives, 18 October 2006.
Fohmy, Hossam M. "Arbitration: Wiping out Consumers Rights?" Texas Bar Journal 64 (October 2001): 917-919.
Ford, Carole Bell. The Women of CourtWatch: Reforming a Corrupt Family Court System. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005. How Houston women organized to change Harris County courts.
Ford, Don Henry, Jr. Contrabando: Confessions of a Drug-Smuggling Texas Cowboy. El Paso, Tex.: Cinco Puntos Press, 2005.
Glenn, Lou Bennett. Texas Prisons: The Largest Hotel Chain in Texas. Austin: Eakin Press, 2001. A veteran guard and warden, the author is critical of federal court intervention that changed the Texas prison system.
Greenhill, Joe R. “The Constitutional Amendment Giving Criminal Jurisdiction to the Texas Courts of Civil Appeals and Recognizing the Inherent Power of the Texas Supreme Court.” Texas Tech Law Review 33, no. 2 (2002): 377-404.
Gutterman, Melvin. “Failure to Communicate: The Reel Prison Experience.” SMU Law Review 55 (Fall 2002): 1515-1560. How films affect the public’s perception of prison life.
Hardberger, Phil. “Juries Under Siege.” St. Mary’s Law Journal 30, no. 1 (1998): 1–142. A critical look at decisions by the Supreme Court of Texas in the areas of insurance, health care, government immunity, premises liability, and employment.
Hardwick, Lillian B. “Proceedings Before the Commission on Judicial Conduct.” Texas Bar Journal 66 (Fall 2003): 115.
Hogan, Sean O., ed. The Judicial Branch of State Governments: People, Process, and Politics. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2006.
Hollandsworth, Skie. “I Inject, Your Honor.” Texas Monthly (April 2005): 50, 52, 54-56. The case of a drug-addicted Panhandle district attorney.
Hollandsworth, Skip. "Maybe Darlie Didn't Do It." Texas Monthly (July 2002): 91-96, 120-124. From a cell on death row, Darlie Routier insists that she did not kill two of her sons in their suburban home east of Dallas.
Hollandsworth, Skip. "Snow Job." Texas Monthly (April 2002): 44, 46-49. Illegal narcotics arrests and prosecutions involved in the Dallas Police Department's Sheetrock Scandal.
Holmes, John B., Jr. "Dealing Out Death." Texas Observer (July 2002): 68, 70, 71. The author, Harris County's long-time district attorney, gives his views on capital punishment.
Huber, John. Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth. New York: Random House, 2005. An inside view of the Giddings State School, which operates under the direction of the Texas Youth Commission.
Hummel, Nate G. “Where Do I Put My Gun? Understanding the Texas Concealed Handgun Law and the Licensed Owner’s Right-to-Carry.” Texas Tech Journal of Administrative Law 6 (Spring 2005): 139-163.
Inmas, Karen. “From Prison to Private Life.” State News (April 2004): 25-26.
Kazen, Raven. “Voices for Change: The Victim Movement in Texas.” Texas Bar Journal 69 (March 2006): 648-649, 652-563.
Kelly, William R., Tammy S. Macy, and Donald P Mears. “Juvenile Referral in Texas: An Assessment of Criminogenic Needs and Services.” Prison Journal 85 (December 2005): 467-469.
Kincheloe, Amy. “Texas Supreme Court Justice Michael Schneider.” Texas Bar Journal 66 (July 2003): 588-591.
King, Kelley Jones. “Texas Supreme Court Judge Deborah Hankinson: A Judicial Profile.” Texas Bar Journal 64 (May 2001): 470–473.
Lavergne, Gary M. Bad Boy from Rosebud: The Murderous Life of Kenneth Allen McDuff. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1999. How the crimes of this sadistic murderer resulted in the “McDuff Law” that changed Texas’s parole procedures.
Leggett, Vanessa. "Doing Time." Texas Monthly (July 2002): 52, 54, 56-57. A Houston writer describes her experiences during 169 days in jail for refusing to surrender notes for a book on an unsolved murder.
Lewis, Anne S. “Disorder in the Courts.” Texas Monthly (July 2000): 54–57. The author contends that Texas’s legal profession is in decline.
Liss, Steve. No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.
Lowe, Jay. “Technology Enhances Public Safety in Texas.” Corrections Magazine (July 2004): 68-69, 71.
Mackay, Jordan. “A Murder on Campus.” Texas Monthly (January 2000): 112, 170–173. A fraternity party and murder at Southwest Texas State University call attention to the problem of binge drinking by some college and university students.
Morris, J. Scott. “The Texas Supreme Court and Strict Construction.” Texas Bar Journal 63 (December 2000): 1042–1048, 1050–1051.
Nava, Brenna G. “Hurricane Katrina: The Duties and Responsibilities of an Attorney in the Wake of a Natural Disaster.” St. Mary’s Law Journal 37, no. 4 (2006): 1153-1192.
Olsson, Karen. “Out at Last.” Texas Observer (2 February 2001): 8–9. The wrongful imprisonment of Christopher Ochoa.
Patoski, Joe Nick. “The Sweet Song of Justice.” Texas Monthly (December 1995): 102, 105, 132, 134–136. A detailed account of the trial and conviction of Yolanda Saldivar for the murder of superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez, queen of Tejana music.
Payne, Darwin. Indomitable Sarah: The Life of Judge Sarah T. Hughes. Dallas, Tex.: Southern Methodist University Press, 2004. She served the people of Texas as state representative, state district court judge, and federal district court judge.
Perales, Donny J. “Rethinking the Prohibition of Death Row Prisoners as Organ Donors: A Possible Lifeline to Those on Organ Donor Waiting Lists.” St. Mary’s Law Journal 34, no. 3 (2003): 687-732.
Peugh, Daniel K. “Get My Boy Out of Jail: A Quick Guide to Detention Hearings.” Texas Bar Journal 69 (April 2006): 348-349.
Pickett, Carroll, with Carlton Stowers. Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002. Provides details concerning the capital punishment process in Texas.
Priestner, Kevin. “Supreme Court of Texas Justice Wallace Jefferson.” Texas Bar Journal 66 (May 2003): 404-407.
Pyle, Emily. “Blind Spots.” Texas Observer (16 June 2006): 6-9,16-19. Problems at the Evins Regional Juvenile Center near Edinburg in South Texas.
Rains, Jack. "First Person Account: The Jury." Texas Bar Journal 65 (June 2002): 524-528. A lawyer and former secretary of state of Texas writes about his experience as a juror.
Reynolds, Carl. “Sentencing and Corrections: From Crowding to Correction, From Crowding to Equilibrium (and Back Again?).” Texas Bar Journal 69 (March 2006): 232-235.
Richardson-Stewart, Julie B. “One Full Bite of the Apple: Defining Competent Counsel in Texas Capital Post-Conviction Review.” Texas Wesleyan Law Review 9 (Spring 2003): 221-254.
Ringel, Jonathan, and Mary Alice Robbins. “Court Upholds Arrest of Texan on Seat Belt Violation.” Texas Lawyer (30 April 2001): 5, 31. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision concerning the arrest, handcuffing, and detention of a Lago Vista soccer mom.
Rottman, David. “The State Courts in 2005: A Year of Living Dangerously.” In Book of the States, 2006 ed., 237-241. Lexington, Ky.: Council of State Governments, 2006.
Rottman, David. “Trends in State Courts: Rising Caseloads and Vanishing Trials.” In Book of the States, 2005 ed., 299-304.
Schultz, Susan B. “Your Administrative Case Is Going to Mediation: Are Your Ready?” Texas Tech Journal of Texas Administrative Law 6 (Spring 2005): 189-212.
Scott, L. Wayne. “The Law of Mediation in Texas.” St. Mary’s Law Journal 37, no. 2 (2006): 325-416.
Solomon, Andrew T. “A Simple Prescription for Texas’s Ailing Court System: Stronger Stare Decisis.” St. Mary’s Law Journal 37, no. 2 (2006) 417-476.
Soltero, Carlos R. Latinos and American Law: Landmark Supreme Court Cases. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006.
Spong, John. "I, the Juror." Texas Monthly (April 2002): 62, 64, 69. A Texas lawyer tells about his experience as a juror.
Staton, Suzanne. "Doing Useful Time." Fiscal Notes (February 2002): 10-11. Work programs teach TDCJ inmates marketable skills.
Swartz, Mimi. “Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad.” Texas Monthly (November 2005): 164, 169, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226, 228, 230, 232, 234, 254, 256, 258. A pessimistic view of Texas justice.
Swartz, Mimi. "The Traitor Next Door." Texas Monthly (April 2002): 106-111, 144-148. The case of Wadih el-Hage, the Arlington resident with ties to Osama bin Laden.
Turner, Charles, and Ralph Walton. Texas Law in Layman’s Language, 6th ed. Houston: Lone Star Books, 2002.
Vine, Katy. “Acting Up.” Texas Monthly (November 2006): 180-183, 282, 284, 292, 312, 316. A report on the Giddings State School, where the Texas Youth Commission keeps the most dangerous teen-agers.
Wagner, Pam. “Blackboards Behind Bars.” Fiscal Notes (March 2001): 1, 8–9. Educational opportunities for Texas’ prison inmates.
Wallace, L. Jean. What Every 18-Year-Old Needs to Know About Texas Law, rev. ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.
Wheat, Andrew. “King’s Court.” Texas Observer (4 June 2004): 8-9. About campaign contributions and business pressure on justices of the Supreme Court of Texas.
Willett, Jim, and Ron Rozelle. Warden: Prison Life and Death from the Inside Out. Albany, Tex.: Bright Sky Press, 2005. Willett was a career prison official and warden of the Walls unit in Huntsville from 1993 to 2002.
Wind, Dori A. “Texas’ Big Secret: The Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.” Texas Bar Journal 64 (April 2001): 303–369.
Wolf, Sarah. “Mentally Impaired Offenders and the Criminal Justice System.” Texas Bar Journal 69 (March 2006): 244-247.


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