Texas

Jordan-Smith_avatar_1442418978.jpeg
Jordan Smith

June 20 2017, 6:22 p.m.

Twenty-five years after they were convicted of a crime that never happened, Fran and Dan Keller were formally exonerated on June 20 in Austin, Texas.

The couple’s prosecution in 1992 was part of a wave of cases across the country amid an episode of mass hysteria known as the Satanic Panic. Beginning in the 1980s, accusations flew that the childcare industry had been infiltrated by bands of Satanists hell-bent on brainwashing and sexually abusing young children. The Kellers’ exoneration closes a decadeslong chapter of profound injustice for a couple that paid an exceptionally high price for the credulousness of local law enforcement.

read more here: https://theintercept.com/2017/06/20/texas-couple-exonerated-25-years-after-being-convicted-of-lurid-crimes-that-never-happened/

summary via R3publican

AUSTIN, Texas (June 21, 2017) – The Texas bullion depository took a major step closer to reality last week when officials formally announced the private vendor that will run the facility. The creation of a state bullion depository in Texas represents a power shift away from the federal government to the state, and it provides…

AUSTIN, Texas (May 19, 2017) – Today, the Texas Senate passed a bill that would expand raw milk sales in the state. If signed into law, the legislation would help nullify a federal prohibition scheme in practice. Sen. Bob Hall (R-Dist 2) prefiled Senate Bill 95 (SB95) last fall. The legislation would expand raw milk sales…

AUSTIN, Texas (May 16, 2017) – Today, a Texas Senate committee passed a bill that would expand raw milk sales in the state. Passage of the bill into law would help nullify a federal prohibition scheme in practice. Sen. Bob Hall (R-Dist 2) prefiled Senate Bill 95 (SB95) last fall. The legislation would expand raw milk…

AUSTIN, Texas (May 14, 2017) – On Friday, the Texas House unanimously passed a bill that would expand the Texas “Right to Try” law, setting the foundation to nullify in practice additional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by patients with severe chronic diseases. Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound)…

AUSTIN, Texas (May 14, 2017) – On Wednesday, the Texas House unanimously passed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would authorize the legislature to exempt precious metals held in the Texas Bullion Depository from ad valorem taxation. Passage of the amendment would take another step toward the everyday use of gold and silver in financial transactions…

AUSTIN, Texas (May 7, 2017) – On Thursday, a Texas House committee passed a bill that would create a mechanism to review federal laws and end state cooperation with enforcement of those determined to violate the U.S. Constitution. This process would set the stage to effectively block some federal laws and acts in the Lone…