September 17, 2016

HoustonChronicle – Jury duty scam becoming more brazen

When she got the call about her looming arrest, Emily Tonn was sitting at her Houston home relaxing, thinking nothing was wrong. It was a Saturday in mid-August — and on the other end of the line was an officer, telling her about two warrants that could land her behind bars for missing jury duty. Except it wasn’t really a …

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September 14, 2015 – County mulls renovating Family Law Center, old district attorney’s building

In 2007, Harris County officials slated the Family Law Center and the old district attorney’s building for razing. But today, some county officials hold different views of the two buildings and believe that maybe the county can breathe new life into them. Commissioners Court has authorized the county to negotiate contracts with architectural firms that would develop plans to renovate …

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May 15, 2015

HoustonChronicle – District judge works to preserve Texas treasures

We’ve always known that Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar despised each other. What we didn’t know until a district judge began poking around in a Harris County warehouse is that the two Texas icons tangled in court in 1843 over a grave issue of state. Well, sort of grave. To be more precise, they tangled over used furniture in …

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September 15, 2014 – District Clerk Daniel says passport applications and revenue have increased seven-fold

The Harris County District Clerk’s passport operation recently marked its first year of service, and during that time, its applications and revenue have increased seven-fold. Business has increased so steadily at the passport service that the service is projected to add $300,000 to the county coffers during the next 12 months. District Clerk Chris Daniel said, “I worked to create …

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June 20, 2014 – Ever try to explain the court system?

The Boy Scouts occasionally draft me to speak at one of their events. I was an Eagle Scout, so I do so gladly. At one such recent event, a Scout asked: “Mr. Daniel, can you tell me what the difference is between a justice of a peace court, a county court and a state district court?” I answered him, but …

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