screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-8-20-40-amScreenshot

The driving infractions and fines had piled up on Robin Clearey, who stood before Magistrate Joe Licata after she got ticketed for driving without a license, for driving with expired registration and because her car didn’t have taillights.

She had been through this many times before, she told the judge, and at that very moment she also had a criminal case pending for driving with an invalid license, for which she would stay in jail unless she paid a $3,500 bond. Licata warned her that, if she didn’t pay the fines for these tickets and renew her license after paying surcharges to the Department of Public Safety, “you’re gonna get arrested every time you get pulled over.”

That was nothing to her, Clearey responded — because she had already become trapped in a cycle of arrests.

“It’s nothing to me either,” Licata told her. “It’s job security.”

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-8-17-55-amScreenshot

What should a police officer do when a handcuffed prisoner spits on him?

Yell at him and spit back? Punch him in the face? Slam his head against a metal door frame, then choke him from behind in a neck nerve-hold, causing him to collapse to the floor and convulse?

In the eyes of one Houston police officer now being sued in federal court, apparently Option 3 is the way to go.

brandon-marshall-taking-a-knee-youtubeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Marshall, who’s gotten nationwide coverage for his decision to take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem at games in which he’s playing, told a story about being rousted by cops in Miami that spurred speculation that it was made up out of whole cloth. But the tale turns out to be more complicated than that. Westword has the story.

s

3311982761_58242bfe35_zRobert & Pat Rogers/Flickr

A Houston mother has been charged with endangering a child after investigators found she was homeschooling her daughter in a house full of wild animals — including a tiger, three tiger cubs, a cougar, a fox, a skunk and several monkeys.

An investigation was opened after a California man claimed Trisha Meyer swindled him out of $3,000 — the cost of an exotic Savannah kitten he had purchased from Meyer but that Meyer never shipped to him. Meyer has also been charged with felony theft in relation to the incident.

Here’s how they caught her.

screen_shot_2016-11-11_at_11-05-18_amScreenshot/Facebook Live/Ashton P. Woods

Five activists were arrested at an anti-Donald Trump rally last night that began at City Hall and ended outside the Houston Police Department as marchers expressed their disapproval with the next president of the United States, yelling, “We reject the president-elect!” and “Fuck Donald Trump!” for blocks.

Houston Police Department jail records show the protesters were each charged with assaulting a police officer. Video, however, appears to show a different story.

22092526391_8424163f0c_oA Fort Bend County judge has upheld complaints of prosecutorial misconduct against a Harris County prosecutor who lied to a jury in a capital murder trial about whether she had struck deals with three jailhouse snitches in exchange for their testimony.

After finding that a prison inmate’s false testimony that prosecutor Elizabeth Shipley Exley knowingly allowed on the stand led to the conviction of Edward George McGregor, Judge James Shoemake has recommended McGregor receive habeas corpus relief and a new trial.

Here’s what the prosecutor lied about.