Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said in a statement he supports the newly-elected judges in their effort to resolve the case “on terms they find acceptable.”
Ryan added his office is “confident” the parties “will be able to reach a settlement that maximizes the number of misdemeanor detainees who are eligible for prompt release from jail without secured bail and that also provides due regard for the rights of victims and protection of the community while preserving the independence of the judiciary.” Read More
According to Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party's Ballot Security Committee Alan Vera, matched addresses against a data base to find things like a post office box, for example. And that's not a good enough reason to submit a challenge.
“Many people have for instance post office boxes because they get a lot of mail or they have some personal reason for not wanting their personal address out there for the public,” Ryan said. Read More
The Harris County Attorney’s Office has filed a lawsuit against the Motel 6 at 19606 Cypresswood Court—located near Cypresswood Drive and I-45—labeling the property a nuisance building and claiming it harbors habitual crime.
The lawsuit, filed Oct. 18, states the motel’s owner—who could not be reached for comment—has failed to make reasonable efforts to reduce the number of prostitution and drug crimes that allegedly take place at the motel.
The lawsuit also states, between Oct. 17, 2016 and Oct. 17, 2017, law enforcement—including Harris County Precinct 4 constable’s office and Harris County sheriff’s office—received more than 320 calls for service at the motel. Read More
The EPA estimates it could be a year before cleanup of the San Jacinto Waste Pits begins, as officials negotiate a plan with the potential responsible parties to tackle the $115 million project.
Such a plan is "obviously a significant piece of work and we need to work out all the details with the parties before signing an agreement," said John Meyer, EPA Region 6 Superfund Branch chief, at a Monday night meeting in The Highlands.
The meeting was the first held since the Environmental Protection Agency announced in October the removal of tons of toxins from the waste pits, which came about two weeks after the agency confirmed that a concrete cap used to cover the pits since 2011 had sprung a leak during Hurricane Harvey's floods. Read More
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan is taking steps to shut down a store that was believed to be illegally selling synthetic marijuana.Ryan obtained a restraining order Wednesday against the owners of the Smoke & Tote Shop at 12127 Bissonnett Street.
They were told to cease operations. Investigators said the store was participating in criminal activity. Ryan also ordered the Lock Lim Management Trust, the owner of the shopping center in which the store is located, to take steps to close the store immediately. Read More
Earlier this month, the office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan filed a friend of the court brief in support of The Aransas Project's petition.
The Harris County friend of the court brief argues that the Fifth Circuit embarked on a fact-finding mission in conflict with federal rules of procedure and undermined the decision-making authority of district court judges in a way that could affect future lawsuits initiated or defended by his office.
Terence O'Rourke, special assistant to the Harris County attorney, characterized his office's opposition to the state in litigation as "highly unusual." Read More
Texas Monthly's April 2015 edition features an article about the ongoing battle to hold polluters accountable for environmental contamination at the site known as the San Jacinto Waste Pits. Read More
Harris County attorneys settled a lawsuit last year geared toward compelling companies tied to the San Jacinto waste pits — polluted with dioxins, which are known to cause cancer — to clean up the contamination. Read More
Texas Lawyer recently published an article examining the impact of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border into Texas on the courts.
In July 2014, our Office hosted a CLE to help equip attorneys with information they need to represent these migrant children. That CLE is still available online for those who would like to learn more about the non-profit groups that have taken on these cases, and how to volunteer to represent these children. The CLE includes a message from Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht about the importance of this kind of pro bono work in our profession. Read More
Sometimes, all it takes is a letter from the Harris County Attorney's Office to end chronic criminal activity in a community. Other times, it takes a civil lawsuit against the business or property owner where the activity is occurring.
"When we grab a-hold of their purse strings, people tend to come around," Assistant County Attorney Fred Keys said about the office's nuisance abatement program.
Management districts in six parts of Houston provide funding for the program, which has been successful in shutting down massage parlors involved in human trafficking, illegal gamerooms and after-hours clubs that attract drug dealers and prostitutes. Read More
United States District Judge David Hittner signed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law on September 9th in support of his August 4th judgment upholding Harris County’s game room regulations. The Offices of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and City Attorney David Feldman defended the constitutionality of the regulations in a trial conducted last month.
A local game room owner filed suit against Ryan and other county and city officials in an effort to stop enforcement of regulations aimed at shutting down illegal gaming operations. The suit also named Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and Houston Mayor Annise Parker as defendants for their respective roles in enforcing the regulations. Read More