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

Mental illness cannot predict school shooters, experts warn
 Placing a greater focus on meeting the mental health needs of students is necessary to improve lives and reduce violence, but the effort is not guaranteed to identify — let alone stop — the next school shooter, experts warned state senators Wednesday. Before their mass shootings, most school shooters nationwide did not have a...

Posted: a day ago

Placing a greater focus on meeting the mental health needs of students is necessary to improve lives and reduce violence, but the effort is not guaranteed to identify — let alone stop — the next school shooter, experts warned state senators Wednesday. Before their mass shootings, most school shooters nationwide did not have a...
Senate hearing to examine ‘root causes’ of gun violence
 The Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on Wednesday will hold the third of four planned hearings in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting — this one focusing not on guns but on a search for the “root cause” of mass-murder attacks. Witnesses to the Capitol hearing have been invited...

Posted: a day ago

The Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on Wednesday will hold the third of four planned hearings in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting — this one focusing not on guns but on a search for the “root cause” of mass-murder attacks. Witnesses to the Capitol hearing have been invited...
U.S. judge defends actions as trial on Texas’ fetal burial law begins
 A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...
Federal judge defends actions as fetal-burial trial begins in Austin
 A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops...
Texas’ fetal burial law to go on trial in federal court
 In a five-day trial set to kick off Monday morning in Austin, the fate of another abortion-related restriction in Texas will be decided by a federal judge — this one requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated instead of incinerated and deposited in a landfill. Lawyers for Texas plan to argue that the 2017 law, which has not...

Posted: 6 days ago

In a five-day trial set to kick off Monday morning in Austin, the fate of another abortion-related restriction in Texas will be decided by a federal judge — this one requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated instead of incinerated and deposited in a landfill. Lawyers for Texas plan to argue that the 2017 law, which has not...
Court: Texas needs no new political maps in 2018
 It’s official: Texas political maps will not change for the Nov. 6 general election. A three-judge federal court panel, whose order to redraw Texas political districts was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, said Tuesday that no changes will be required before the midterm elections — even in the one Texas House district...

Posted: 16 days ago

It’s official: Texas political maps will not change for the Nov. 6 general election. A three-judge federal court panel, whose order to redraw Texas political districts was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, said Tuesday that no changes will be required before the midterm elections — even in the one Texas House district...
Paxton taps Trump adviser for inner circle
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...

Posted: 16 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...
AG Ken Paxton taps Trump adviser for inner circle
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...

Posted: 16 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle now includes a former adviser to President Donald Trump. Paxton announced Tuesday that Zina Bash — who was special assistant to the president for regulatory reform, law and immigration policy — will serve as senior counsel on his executive leadership team at the agency. In...
Texas court voids lawsuit over bomb-sniffing dog attack in Afghanistan
 Saying state courts don’t have the authority to second guess military decisions, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out a lawsuit by a civilian employee who was bitten by a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. LaTasha Freeman was seeking more than $1 million from Hill Country Dog Center — which trained Kallie, a Belgian malinois...

Posted: 20 days ago

Saying state courts don’t have the authority to second guess military decisions, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out a lawsuit by a civilian employee who was bitten by a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. LaTasha Freeman was seeking more than $1 million from Hill Country Dog Center — which trained Kallie, a Belgian malinois...
Kennedy retirement sparks big plans by Texas abortion opponents
 Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court is a game changer for Texas abortion opponents, providing motivation to enact tougher regulations when the Legislature meets in January and inspiring hope that current legal fights over Texas restrictions will break their way. Kennedy was a swing vote who tended...

Posted: 21 days ago

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court is a game changer for Texas abortion opponents, providing motivation to enact tougher regulations when the Legislature meets in January and inspiring hope that current legal fights over Texas restrictions will break their way. Kennedy was a swing vote who tended...
New filing: Rodney Reed conviction was based on bad science
 Defense lawyers say new evidence shows that Rodney Reed was sentenced to death based on testimony from scientific experts that is now acknowledged to have been wrong. Testimony from the three experts was crucial to placing Reed at the scene of the 1996 Bastrop County crime at a time when only he could have strangled Stacey Stites, and defense...

Posted: 22 days ago

Defense lawyers say new evidence shows that Rodney Reed was sentenced to death based on testimony from scientific experts that is now acknowledged to have been wrong. Testimony from the three experts was crucial to placing Reed at the scene of the 1996 Bastrop County crime at a time when only he could have strangled Stacey Stites, and defense...