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

Will Abbott take advice, reduce Whitaker’s death sentence?
 Whether Gov. Greg Abbott spares death row inmate Thomas Whitaker from Thursday evening’s scheduled execution could hinge on how much trust the governor places on the group of advisers who recommended mercy in the case. Spurred by the father who Whitaker tried to have killed in 2003, all seven members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles...

Posted: a minute ago

Whether Gov. Greg Abbott spares death row inmate Thomas Whitaker from Thursday evening’s scheduled execution could hinge on how much trust the governor places on the group of advisers who recommended mercy in the case. Spurred by the father who Whitaker tried to have killed in 2003, all seven members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles...
Parole board supports father’s bid to save condemned son
 In a rare move, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Tuesday to recommend clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, whose father has waged a desperate campaign to halt Thursday’s execution despite his son’s role in the murder of his wife and only other child. After a tense half-hour wait in a room at the Capitol...

Posted: 17 hours ago

In a rare move, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Tuesday to recommend clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, whose father has waged a desperate campaign to halt Thursday’s execution despite his son’s role in the murder of his wife and only other child. After a tense half-hour wait in a room at the Capitol...
Parole board supports father’s request to spare condemned son
 In a rare move, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Tuesday to recommend clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, whose father has waged a desperate campaign to halt Thursday’s execution despite his son’s role in the murder of his wife and only other child. After a tense half-hour wait in a room at the Capitol while...

Posted: a day ago

In a rare move, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Tuesday to recommend clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, whose father has waged a desperate campaign to halt Thursday’s execution despite his son’s role in the murder of his wife and only other child. After a tense half-hour wait in a room at the Capitol while...
Texas group helped Russians meddle in 2016 elections, FBI says
 A federal indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian entities of plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election said the defendants got help from an unidentified “Texas-based grassroots organization.” The defendants, posing online as U.S. citizens to approach a number of political and social activists, were...

Posted: 4 days ago

A federal indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian entities of plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election said the defendants got help from an unidentified “Texas-based grassroots organization.” The defendants, posing online as U.S. citizens to approach a number of political and social activists, were...
Indictment: Russians got advice from unnamed Texas group
 A federal indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian entities of plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election said the defendants got help from an unidentified “Texas-based grassroots organization.” The defendants, posing online as U.S. citizens to approach a number of political and social activists, were...

Posted: 4 days ago

A federal indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian entities of plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election said the defendants got help from an unidentified “Texas-based grassroots organization.” The defendants, posing online as U.S. citizens to approach a number of political and social activists, were...
Pence to tour border, raise money in 2-day Texas trip
 With the Trump administration laying down a harder line as Congress debates immigration policy, Vice President Mike Pence will arrive in Texas on Friday to tour the Mexican border and meet with area law officers. Pence also will take part in fundraising events during his two-day trip, which concludes Saturday in Dallas, as part of a strategy...

Posted: 5 days ago

With the Trump administration laying down a harder line as Congress debates immigration policy, Vice President Mike Pence will arrive in Texas on Friday to tour the Mexican border and meet with area law officers. Pence also will take part in fundraising events during his two-day trip, which concludes Saturday in Dallas, as part of a strategy...
Texas father makes personal plea to spare condemned son’s life
 With his son’s execution nine days away, Kent Whitaker met Tuesday in Austin with the chairman of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to personally request mercy for the child responsible for ripping his life apart. Thomas “Bart” Whitaker was sentenced to death for arranging the 2003 ambush that killed his mother and...

Posted: 7 days ago

With his son’s execution nine days away, Kent Whitaker met Tuesday in Austin with the chairman of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to personally request mercy for the child responsible for ripping his life apart. Thomas “Bart” Whitaker was sentenced to death for arranging the 2003 ambush that killed his mother and...
Trump taps Abbott’s top legal adviser for U.S. appeals court
 Gov. Greg Abbott can expect to be looking for a new chief legal adviser for the second time in two months after President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Andy Oldham to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Oldham became Abbott’s general counsel Jan. 2 — replacing Jimmy Blacklock, who was appointed by Abbott to fill a vacancy...

Posted: 8 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott can expect to be looking for a new chief legal adviser for the second time in two months after President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Andy Oldham to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Oldham became Abbott’s general counsel Jan. 2 — replacing Jimmy Blacklock, who was appointed by Abbott to fill a vacancy...
Disability group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration policy
 Disability rights advocates have accused state officials of violating federal law by declining to help disabled Texans register to vote when they receive job training from the state. Unless that policy changes, the state will be sued to force compliance, lawyers for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities said in a warning letter sent Monday...

Posted: 8 days ago

Disability rights advocates have accused state officials of violating federal law by declining to help disabled Texans register to vote when they receive job training from the state. Unless that policy changes, the state will be sued to force compliance, lawyers for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities said in a warning letter sent Monday...
Trump taps Abbott adviser for federal appeals court
 President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Andy Oldham, the chief legal adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott, to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Oldham was named Abbott’s general counsel on Jan. 2, replacing Jimmy Blacklock, whom Abbott had named to fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court caused when Trump named Don Willett to the 5th...

Posted: 9 days ago

President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Andy Oldham, the chief legal adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott, to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Oldham was named Abbott’s general counsel on Jan. 2, replacing Jimmy Blacklock, whom Abbott had named to fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court caused when Trump named Don Willett to the 5th...
After 4th DWI, man argues legal limit discriminates against alcoholics
 After his fourth driving-while-intoxicated conviction in 2016, a San Antonio man tried to overturn his four-year prison sentence by arguing that Texas’ legal limit on intoxicated driving discriminates against alcoholics. Ralph Alfred Friesenhahn argued that the state’s driving limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol concentration ignores...

Posted: 11 days ago

After his fourth driving-while-intoxicated conviction in 2016, a San Antonio man tried to overturn his four-year prison sentence by arguing that Texas’ legal limit on intoxicated driving discriminates against alcoholics. Ralph Alfred Friesenhahn argued that the state’s driving limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol concentration ignores...