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

U.S. Supreme Court wades into Texas political district fight
 When explosive population growth gave Texas four additional seats in Congress after the 2010 census, the GOP majority in the Legislature determined that three of those districts would be drawn to ensure the election of Republican candidates. The congressional district map Republicans produced, however, was met with numerous lawsuits and a...

Posted: 11 hours ago

When explosive population growth gave Texas four additional seats in Congress after the 2010 census, the GOP majority in the Legislature determined that three of those districts would be drawn to ensure the election of Republican candidates. The congressional district map Republicans produced, however, was met with numerous lawsuits and a...
Texas case is 1 of 3 redistricting fights before high court
 In addition to the Texas redistricting case, the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing two other legal battles that could change the way political lines are drawn in all 50 states. The high court has already heard oral arguments this term over whether lawmakers in Wisconsin and Maryland created political districts that were improperly gerrymandered...

Posted: 10 hours ago

In addition to the Texas redistricting case, the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing two other legal battles that could change the way political lines are drawn in all 50 states. The high court has already heard oral arguments this term over whether lawmakers in Wisconsin and Maryland created political districts that were improperly gerrymandered...
Appeals court blocks Texas ‘revenge porn’ law
 Correction appended. A state appeals court has struck down a 2015 law that made it a crime to post “revenge porn” — intimate photos and videos from a previous or current relationship — on the internet without consent. The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals, in a ruling handed down Wednesday, said the law violated the...

Posted: a day ago

Correction appended. A state appeals court has struck down a 2015 law that made it a crime to post “revenge porn” — intimate photos and videos from a previous or current relationship — on the internet without consent. The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals, in a ruling handed down Wednesday, said the law violated the...
Appeal planned after court voids Texas ‘revenge porn’ law
 A state appeals court has struck down a 2015 law that made it a crime to post “revenge porn” — intimate photos and videos from a previous or current relationship — on the internet without consent. The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals, in a ruling handed down Wednesday, said the law violated the First Amendment by...

Posted: a day ago

A state appeals court has struck down a 2015 law that made it a crime to post “revenge porn” — intimate photos and videos from a previous or current relationship — on the internet without consent. The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals, in a ruling handed down Wednesday, said the law violated the First Amendment by...
Drawing on own his fight, Michael Morton joins Reed bid for DNA tests
 Death row inmate Rodney Reed’s quest for DNA testing, denied by prosecutors and the state’s highest criminal court, has gained the support of Michael Morton, who had to fight Williamson County’s top prosecutor for more than six years before getting the DNA test that proved his innocence after almost 25 years in prison. Seeing...

Posted: 7 days ago

Death row inmate Rodney Reed’s quest for DNA testing, denied by prosecutors and the state’s highest criminal court, has gained the support of Michael Morton, who had to fight Williamson County’s top prosecutor for more than six years before getting the DNA test that proved his innocence after almost 25 years in prison. Seeing...
Drawing on his own fight, Michael Morton joins Reed bid for DNA tests
 Death row inmate Rodney Reed’s quest for DNA testing, denied by prosecutors and the state’s highest criminal court, has gained the support of Michael Morton, who had to fight Williamson County’s top prosecutor for more than six years before getting the DNA test that proved his innocence after almost 25 years in prison. Seeing...

Posted: 8 days ago

Death row inmate Rodney Reed’s quest for DNA testing, denied by prosecutors and the state’s highest criminal court, has gained the support of Michael Morton, who had to fight Williamson County’s top prosecutor for more than six years before getting the DNA test that proved his innocence after almost 25 years in prison. Seeing...
Texas Supreme Court sharply splits on same-sex harassment case
 Locked in a bitter disagreement over how to judge claims of same-sex sexual harassment, a sharply divided Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by a female San Antonio middle school coach who complained that another woman created a hostile work environment. In a 6-2 ruling, the majority said that Catherine Clark’s lawsuit...

Posted: 14 days ago

Locked in a bitter disagreement over how to judge claims of same-sex sexual harassment, a sharply divided Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by a female San Antonio middle school coach who complained that another woman created a hostile work environment. In a 6-2 ruling, the majority said that Catherine Clark’s lawsuit...
Texas Supreme Court sharply splits on same-sex harassment case
 Locked in a bitter disagreement over how to judge claims of same-sex sexual harassment, a sharply divided Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by a female San Antonio middle school coach who complained that another woman created a hostile work environment. In a 6-2 ruling, the majority said that Catherine Clark’s lawsuit...

Posted: 14 days ago

Locked in a bitter disagreement over how to judge claims of same-sex sexual harassment, a sharply divided Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by a female San Antonio middle school coach who complained that another woman created a hostile work environment. In a 6-2 ruling, the majority said that Catherine Clark’s lawsuit...
Appeals court tosses out lawsuit over Texas Capitol hearing arrest
 A state appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by a woman who was handcuffed and removed from a Texas House committee hearing last year for filming proceeding without state-issued media credentials. Amy Hedtke filed suit, arguing that the no-filming rule instituted by Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, violated the Texas Open Meetings Act...

Posted: 14 days ago

A state appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by a woman who was handcuffed and removed from a Texas House committee hearing last year for filming proceeding without state-issued media credentials. Amy Hedtke filed suit, arguing that the no-filming rule instituted by Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, violated the Texas Open Meetings Act...
Democrat Andew White unveils plan to add 1 million jobs
 Seeking to play to his strengths, Andrew White brought his Democratic campaign for governor to Austin on Tuesday to unveil an economic development plan intended to create 1 million jobs in the next five years. The plan, which seeks to take advantage of a robust oil industry and emerging technology, offered White a chance to compare his experience...

Posted: 17 days ago

Seeking to play to his strengths, Andrew White brought his Democratic campaign for governor to Austin on Tuesday to unveil an economic development plan intended to create 1 million jobs in the next five years. The plan, which seeks to take advantage of a robust oil industry and emerging technology, offered White a chance to compare his experience...
Texas violating motor-voter law, U.S. judge rules
 A federal judge has sided with a civil rights group that accused Texas officials of violating U.S. law by failing to automatically register voters who go online to obtain or renew a driver’s license. The one-page order by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio — who said a full opinion explaining his reasoning will...

Posted: 17 days ago

A federal judge has sided with a civil rights group that accused Texas officials of violating U.S. law by failing to automatically register voters who go online to obtain or renew a driver’s license. The one-page order by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio — who said a full opinion explaining his reasoning will...