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

Final step: Judge dismisses voter ID challenge
 A federal judge formally dismissed the lawsuit challenging the Texas voter ID law Monday, the final step in a yearslong fight that will allow the state to enforce a weakened version of the 2011 statute. At the urging of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi issued a two-sentence order...

Posted: 20 hours ago

A federal judge formally dismissed the lawsuit challenging the Texas voter ID law Monday, the final step in a yearslong fight that will allow the state to enforce a weakened version of the 2011 statute. At the urging of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi issued a two-sentence order...
Federal judge rejects challenge to Texas court elections
 A Corpus Christi federal judge has rejected a challenge seeking to end statewide elections for Texas’ highest criminal and civil courts, allowing an electoral tradition that is more than a century old to continue. The lawsuit — filed by Latino voters and LUPE, an organization founded by the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Corpus Christi federal judge has rejected a challenge seeking to end statewide elections for Texas’ highest criminal and civil courts, allowing an electoral tradition that is more than a century old to continue. The lawsuit — filed by Latino voters and LUPE, an organization founded by the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez...
Texas: Juez bloquea ley para entierro de fetos
 El miércoles 4 de septiembre el juez de distrito David Ezra rechazó una petición de ley que solicita cremar o enterrar los restos de tejido fetal. Dio una orden judicial permanente para detener la aplicación de la ley, declarando que ésta provoca “obstáculos sustanciales para las mujeres que...

Posted: 5 days ago

El miércoles 4 de septiembre el juez de distrito David Ezra rechazó una petición de ley que solicita cremar o enterrar los restos de tejido fetal. Dio una orden judicial permanente para detener la aplicación de la ley, declarando que ésta provoca “obstáculos sustanciales para las mujeres que...
Court dismisses wrongful-death lawsuit from 2014 SXSW tragedy
 A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the widow and mother of a bicyclist who was killed when a car plowed through a crowd on a closed-off Austin street during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival. The wrongful-death lawsuit said the city of Austin and festival organizers should have recognized that such an incident...

Posted: 5 days ago

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the widow and mother of a bicyclist who was killed when a car plowed through a crowd on a closed-off Austin street during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival. The wrongful-death lawsuit said the city of Austin and festival organizers should have recognized that such an incident...
U.S. judge rejects challenge to Texas court elections
 A Corpus Christi federal judge has rejected a challenge seeking to end statewide elections for Texas’ highest criminal and civil courts, allowing an electoral tradition that is more than a century old to continue. The lawsuit — filed by Latino voters and LUPE, an organization founded by the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Corpus Christi federal judge has rejected a challenge seeking to end statewide elections for Texas’ highest criminal and civil courts, allowing an electoral tradition that is more than a century old to continue. The lawsuit — filed by Latino voters and LUPE, an organization founded by the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez...
U.S. judge backs new trial for Rosa Jimenez in child choking death
 A federal judge is recommending a new trial for Rosa Jimenez, who was convicted in 2005 of killing a 1-year-old boy she was baby-sitting by stuffing paper towels down his throat in her North Austin apartment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said Jimenez, who is serving a 99-year prison sentence, did not receive a fair trial because her...

Posted: 6 days ago

A federal judge is recommending a new trial for Rosa Jimenez, who was convicted in 2005 of killing a 1-year-old boy she was baby-sitting by stuffing paper towels down his throat in her North Austin apartment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said Jimenez, who is serving a 99-year prison sentence, did not receive a fair trial because her...
U.S. judge backs new trial for Rosa Jimenez in boy’s choking death
 A federal magistrate on Tuesday recommended a new trial for Rosa Jimenez, who was convicted in 2005 of killing a 1-year-old boy she was baby-sitting by stuffing paper towels down his throat in her North Austin apartment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said Jimenez, who is serving a 99-year prison sentence, did not receive a fair trial...

Posted: 7 days ago

A federal magistrate on Tuesday recommended a new trial for Rosa Jimenez, who was convicted in 2005 of killing a 1-year-old boy she was baby-sitting by stuffing paper towels down his throat in her North Austin apartment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said Jimenez, who is serving a 99-year prison sentence, did not receive a fair trial...
New Texas solicitor general named
 Texas government has a new chief appellate lawyer, a job that has become a launching point for careers by establishing the conservative bona fides of Ted Cruz, now the state’s junior U.S. senator, and others. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that he had named Kyle Hawkins as solicitor general, replacing Scott Keller...

Posted: 7 days ago

Texas government has a new chief appellate lawyer, a job that has become a launching point for careers by establishing the conservative bona fides of Ted Cruz, now the state’s junior U.S. senator, and others. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that he had named Kyle Hawkins as solicitor general, replacing Scott Keller...
Texas conservatives say bathroom, gay-marriage fight will continue
 With the Legislature set to convene in four months, conservative Republican lawmakers said Friday that the fight is not over on transgender-friendly bathrooms and same-sex marriage. Speaking at an Austin forum sponsored by Texas Values, a Christian public policy advocacy group that is influential in GOP circles, the lawmakers said the issues...

Posted: 10 days ago

With the Legislature set to convene in four months, conservative Republican lawmakers said Friday that the fight is not over on transgender-friendly bathrooms and same-sex marriage. Speaking at an Austin forum sponsored by Texas Values, a Christian public policy advocacy group that is influential in GOP circles, the lawmakers said the issues...
Accusations of legislative bad faith aired at unusual Capitol hearing
 During an unusual hearing Thursday before an important Texas House committee, the panel’s chairman accused several colleagues of violating unwritten rules of conduct by pushing a state agency to write regulations for a new law that go beyond what the Legislature intended. The criticism aired by state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, chairman...

Posted: 11 days ago

During an unusual hearing Thursday before an important Texas House committee, the panel’s chairman accused several colleagues of violating unwritten rules of conduct by pushing a state agency to write regulations for a new law that go beyond what the Legislature intended. The criticism aired by state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, chairman...
Texas fetal burial law suffers another legal setback; appeal likely
 A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Texas law that requires fetal tissue to be buried or cremated, the latest setback for a state regulation that has yet to survive a legal challenge. Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra issued a permanent injunction halting enforcement of the 2017 law, ruling that it put abortion clinics in danger of...

Posted: 12 days ago

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Texas law that requires fetal tissue to be buried or cremated, the latest setback for a state regulation that has yet to survive a legal challenge. Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra issued a permanent injunction halting enforcement of the 2017 law, ruling that it put abortion clinics in danger of...