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

Abbott spares death row inmate’s life, heeding father’s plea
 Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Thursday evening to spare the life of death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, announcing his decision less than an hour before the Houston-area man’s scheduled execution. Abbott said a number of factors distinguished Whitaker’s case from 30 other executions that had taken place under his watch as governor, including...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Thursday evening to spare the life of death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, announcing his decision less than an hour before the Houston-area man’s scheduled execution. Abbott said a number of factors distinguished Whitaker’s case from 30 other executions that had taken place under his watch as governor, including...
After lawsuit threat, Texas agency changes voter registration policy
 Responding to a threatened lawsuit, the Texas Workforce Commission has agreed to offer voter registration help to Texans with disabilities who receive job-training help from the agency. Disability rights advocates had accused state officials of violating the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires state agencies that help people...

Posted: 2 days ago

Responding to a threatened lawsuit, the Texas Workforce Commission has agreed to offer voter registration help to Texans with disabilities who receive job-training help from the agency. Disability rights advocates had accused state officials of violating the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires state agencies that help people...
Abbott agrees to spare death row inmate’s life, heeding father’s plea
 Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Thursday evening to spare the life of death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, announcing his decision less than an hour before the Houston-area man’s scheduled execution. Abbott said a number of factors distinguished Whitaker’s case from 30 other executions that had taken place under his watch as governor, including...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Thursday evening to spare the life of death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, announcing his decision less than an hour before the Houston-area man’s scheduled execution. Abbott said a number of factors distinguished Whitaker’s case from 30 other executions that had taken place under his watch as governor, including...
Will Abbott take advice on 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: 2 days 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 ...
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: 2 days 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: 3 days 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: 4 days 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: 7 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: 8 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: 8 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: 11 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...