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

Federal judge tosses out Texas abortion law
 For the third time this year, a federal judge has tossed out an abortion-related regulation in Texas — this time a law that bans a common type of second-trimester abortion unless doctors first employ an added procedure to ensure fetal demise. In a ruling issued Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin said the law...

Posted: a day ago

For the third time this year, a federal judge has tossed out an abortion-related regulation in Texas — this time a law that bans a common type of second-trimester abortion unless doctors first employ an added procedure to ensure fetal demise. In a ruling issued Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin said the law...
Court upholds murder conviction in SXSW crashes that killed 4 in 2014
 A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the capital murder conviction of Rashad Owens for driving a car down a crowded downtown Austin street, killing four during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival. Owens, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, asked the 3rd Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, arguing...

Posted: a day ago

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the capital murder conviction of Rashad Owens for driving a car down a crowded downtown Austin street, killing four during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival. Owens, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, asked the 3rd Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, arguing...
Court upholds conviction in SXSW crash that killed 4 in 2014
 A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the capital murder conviction of Rashad Owens in a series of automobile crashes that killed four during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival in downtown Austin. Owens, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, asked the 3rd Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, arguing...

Posted: a day ago

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the capital murder conviction of Rashad Owens in a series of automobile crashes that killed four during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival in downtown Austin. Owens, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, asked the 3rd Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, arguing...
Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion law
 For the third time this year, a federal judge has tossed out an abortion-related regulation in Texas — this time a law banning a common second-trimester procedure unless doctors first employ an added procedure to ensure fetal demise. In a ruling issued Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin said the law requires...

Posted: a day ago

For the third time this year, a federal judge has tossed out an abortion-related regulation in Texas — this time a law banning a common second-trimester procedure unless doctors first employ an added procedure to ensure fetal demise. In a ruling issued Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin said the law requires...
Noted lawyer, Democratic megadonor Steve Mostyn has died
 Democratic megadonor and noted Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn died Wednesday after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue,” his wife, Amber Mostyn, announced Thursday. Mostyn’s suicide at age 46 shocked legal and political circles, with friends and supporters recalling his passion for taking on large insurance...

Posted: 7 days ago

Democratic megadonor and noted Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn died Wednesday after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue,” his wife, Amber Mostyn, announced Thursday. Mostyn’s suicide at age 46 shocked legal and political circles, with friends and supporters recalling his passion for taking on large insurance...
UPDATED: Noted lawyer, Democratic megadonor Steve Mostyn has died
 Democratic megadonor and noted Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn died Wednesday after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue,” his wife, Amber Mostyn, announced Thursday. Mostyn’s suicide at age 46 shocked legal and political circles, with friends and supporters recalling his passion for taking on large insurance...

Posted: 7 days ago

Democratic megadonor and noted Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn died Wednesday after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue,” his wife, Amber Mostyn, announced Thursday. Mostyn’s suicide at age 46 shocked legal and political circles, with friends and supporters recalling his passion for taking on large insurance...
Bathroom bills put Texas at risk, business leaders tell Straus panel

Posted: 8 days ago

Texas faces a challenging and expensive list of demands if the state is to remain an economic powerhouse, but the fight over transgender bathroom policies repeatedly crept into the conversation when House Speaker Joe Straus’ competitiveness committee held its opening hearing Wednesday. With leading conservatives vowing to continue making...
Bathroom bills harm put Texas at risk, Straus panel told

Posted: 8 days ago

Texas faces a challenging and expensive list of demands if the state is to remain an economic powerhouse, but the fight over transgender bathroom policies repeatedly crept into the conversation when House Speaker Joe Straus’ competitiveness committee held its opening hearing Wednesday. With leading conservatives vowing to continue making...
Can Texas ban political T-shirts, buttons from polling places?
 The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will determine whether states, including Texas, can ban the wearing political messages on buttons, T-shirts and other clothing by voters while they are inside polling places or within an established distance from the entrance. The case arose out of Minnesota, where Andrew Cilek was blocked from...

Posted: 10 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will determine whether states, including Texas, can ban the wearing political messages on buttons, T-shirts and other clothing by voters while they are inside polling places or within an established distance from the entrance. The case arose out of Minnesota, where Andrew Cilek was blocked from...
High court will examine polling-place ban on political apparel
 The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will determine whether states, including Texas, can ban voters from wearing political messages on T-shirts, buttons and other apparel while inside polling places or within an established distance from the entrance. The case arose out of Minnesota, where Andrew Cilek was blocked from casting...

Posted: 10 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will determine whether states, including Texas, can ban voters from wearing political messages on T-shirts, buttons and other apparel while inside polling places or within an established distance from the entrance. The case arose out of Minnesota, where Andrew Cilek was blocked from casting...
Settlement ends Red River land dispute
 A settlement has ended a long-running land dispute over a U.S. government agency’s plans to redraw the Red River’s boundary in three counties along the Texas-Oklahoma border. Landowners and state officials had sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, arguing that plans to redraw boundary lines along 116 miles of the Red River...

Posted: 14 days ago

A settlement has ended a long-running land dispute over a U.S. government agency’s plans to redraw the Red River’s boundary in three counties along the Texas-Oklahoma border. Landowners and state officials had sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, arguing that plans to redraw boundary lines along 116 miles of the Red River...