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How did a little brown spider end up at the center of a legal case that went all the way to the Texas Supreme Court?

It starts in a woodsy cabin at a Fredericksburg, Texas, bed-and-breakfast, where a venomous brown recluse spider bit a visitor. The legal question for the court: whether the owner of the property had a duty to warn others on his land that the spider might be lurking in the cabin.

Bexar County is seeing the emergence of more specialty courts that target specific populations and offer offenders a rehabilitative path forward.

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A number of new laws passed this spring by the Legislature will take effect Sept. 1. They represent changing political winds in the Lone Star State.

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Last week the Trump administration issued a strict new policy that requires migrants to first apply for asylum in a country they passed through en route to the United States, before applying for asylum in the U.S. The rule already faces legal challenges.


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Local, state and federal officials stood together at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new federal courthouse in downtown San Antonio on Monday.

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“Young people get arrested for two reasons: they do not know what the law is, and they do not stop to think about the consequences of their actions.”

That bit of wisdom comes from the back cover of a book called “What Every Teen Should Know About Texas Law.” Originally written in the early 1990s by the late L. Jean Wallace, an attorney in Lubbock, the book was recently updated by a new author.

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If the latest catalyst for states going their own way was the Paris Climate Agreement, in Texas it was SB4. That’s the law banning sanctuary cities – also known as “show-me-your-papers.”

While demonstrations erupted in several parts of the state and opposition to the bill came from many sectors of the population, they didn’t dissuade Texas Gov. Greg Abbott from signing SB4 into law last May. But then, local governments sprang into action and decided to fight the new law. Tiny El Cenizo was the first city to file a lawsuit. Then came Austin.

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Coming from different backgrounds and political views, 13 lawyers were united by their commitment to the decision backing Brown vs. Board of Education.

This 1954 ruling inspired "a willingness to move mountains, if need be, to ensure that we are living up to our best selves," guiding their endeavors over 50 years and changing the interpretation of civil rights in the United States.

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By now, you're probably familiar with the Fort Worth lawyer who calls himself the Texas Law Hawk.