Chuck Lindell

State Capitol reporter

Chuck Lindell covers legal issues, appellate courts, politics, the Texas Senate and criminal justice. Since arriving in Austin in 1989, Lindell has covered religion, Austin city government, the region's rapid population growth in addition to investigative reporting. He also was the Statesman's correspondent in Washington, D.C., from 2001-05. Lindell lives in Austin with his wife and two kids. He's an avid poker player who's into astronomy and is waging a lonely campaign to rid the paper of its ridiculous astrology column. 

Latest from Chuck Lindell

Court backs, for now, Ken Paxton prosecutors in fight over payment
 The state’s highest criminal court late Monday temporarily halted a lower-court order that had blocked payments to prosecutors in the criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals gave Collin County — which had sued to halt the payments, saying they were based on an excessive $300...

Posted: 4 hours ago

The state’s highest criminal court late Monday temporarily halted a lower-court order that had blocked payments to prosecutors in the criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals gave Collin County — which had sued to halt the payments, saying they were based on an excessive $300...
Supreme Court declines to speed Texas redistricting case
 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request to speed its review of a lower-court ruling that said several congressional and Texas House districts had to be redrawn because they discriminated against minority voters. The request, made by lawyers challenging the maps as unconstitutional, was rejected without comment in orders the Supreme...

Posted: 10 hours ago

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request to speed its review of a lower-court ruling that said several congressional and Texas House districts had to be redrawn because they discriminated against minority voters. The request, made by lawyers challenging the maps as unconstitutional, was rejected without comment in orders the Supreme...
Texas congressman: Recall, replace John McCain over health care vote
 A Texas Republican congressman called on Arizona to recall U.S. Sen. John McCain and replace him with somebody who will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler, speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday, said such a move would allow McCain to better fight brain cancer while letting Republicans pass a...

Posted: 16 hours ago

A Texas Republican congressman called on Arizona to recall U.S. Sen. John McCain and replace him with somebody who will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler, speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday, said such a move would allow McCain to better fight brain cancer while letting Republicans pass a...
Austinite joins lawsuit against Trump voter fraud panel
 Created four months ago, President Donald Trump’s commission to investigate election fraud has been met with a deluge of lawsuits seeking to stymie its plans to collect data on voters from all 50 states — including a federal court challenge from voters in Austin, New York and Florida. Anthony Gutierrez, head of the Texas chapter...

Posted: 2 days ago

Created four months ago, President Donald Trump’s commission to investigate election fraud has been met with a deluge of lawsuits seeking to stymie its plans to collect data on voters from all 50 states — including a federal court challenge from voters in Austin, New York and Florida. Anthony Gutierrez, head of the Texas chapter...
Texas case could test limits of gay marriage ruling
 With attention fixed on the U.S. Supreme Court case of a Christian baker who refused to decorate wedding cakes for same-sex couples, a separate controversy bubbling out of Texas could give the high court an opportunity to revisit and clarify its landmark 2015 ruling on gay marriage. The city of Houston is seeking to overturn last June&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

With attention fixed on the U.S. Supreme Court case of a Christian baker who refused to decorate wedding cakes for same-sex couples, a separate controversy bubbling out of Texas could give the high court an opportunity to revisit and clarify its landmark 2015 ruling on gay marriage. The city of Houston is seeking to overturn last June&rsquo...
Texas judicial nominee links transgender children with Satan
 Jeff Mateer, President Donald Trump’s nominee for federal judge in Texas and a top official in the Texas attorney general’s office, has come under fire after CNN reported Wednesday that he called transgender children evidence of satanic influence and argued that gay marriage could lead to bestiality and multiple-partner weddings...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jeff Mateer, President Donald Trump’s nominee for federal judge in Texas and a top official in the Texas attorney general’s office, has come under fire after CNN reported Wednesday that he called transgender children evidence of satanic influence and argued that gay marriage could lead to bestiality and multiple-partner weddings...
Texas judge nominee equated transgender children, Satan
 Jeff Mateer, President Donald Trump’s nominee for federal judge in Texas and a top official in the Texas attorney general’s office, has come under fire after CNN reported Wednesday that he called transgender children evidence of satanic influence and argued that gay marriage could lead to bestiality and multiple-partner weddings...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jeff Mateer, President Donald Trump’s nominee for federal judge in Texas and a top official in the Texas attorney general’s office, has come under fire after CNN reported Wednesday that he called transgender children evidence of satanic influence and argued that gay marriage could lead to bestiality and multiple-partner weddings...
Ken Paxton prosecutors appeal payment-blocking ruling
 Three lawyers appointed to prosecute Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday asked the state’s highest criminal court to overturn a lower-court ruling that blocked them from getting paid for more than a year of work on the case. Unless overturned, the ruling “will have a chilling effect on the ability of trial judges to appoint...

Posted: 6 days ago

Three lawyers appointed to prosecute Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday asked the state’s highest criminal court to overturn a lower-court ruling that blocked them from getting paid for more than a year of work on the case. Unless overturned, the ruling “will have a chilling effect on the ability of trial judges to appoint...
Clarification sought on release of police body cam videos in Texas
 Trying to make sense of an emerging area of law, a state senator has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to determine whether certain footage from police body cameras could be withheld — not just from the public, but from civilian supervisors of a law enforcement agency as well. Specifically, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville...

Posted: 6 days ago

Trying to make sense of an emerging area of law, a state senator has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to determine whether certain footage from police body cameras could be withheld — not just from the public, but from civilian supervisors of a law enforcement agency as well. Specifically, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville...
Ken Paxton prosecutors ask appeals court to allow payments
 Three lawyers appointed to prosecute Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday asked the state’s highest criminal court to overturn a lower-court ruling that blocked them from getting paid for more than a year of work on the case. Unless overturned, the ruling “will have a chilling effect on the ability of trial judges to appoint...

Posted: 6 days ago

Three lawyers appointed to prosecute Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday asked the state’s highest criminal court to overturn a lower-court ruling that blocked them from getting paid for more than a year of work on the case. Unless overturned, the ruling “will have a chilling effect on the ability of trial judges to appoint...
Can police body cam footage be kept from public, city officials?
 Trying to make sense of an emerging area of law, a state senator has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to determine whether certain footage from police body cameras could be withheld — not just from the public, but from civilian supervisors of a law enforcement agency as well. Specifically, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville...

Posted: 6 days ago

Trying to make sense of an emerging area of law, a state senator has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to determine whether certain footage from police body cameras could be withheld — not just from the public, but from civilian supervisors of a law enforcement agency as well. Specifically, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville...