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Past articles by Paul:

Bexar County District Judge: Remote courtroom hearings have ‘serious issues’

District Judge Ron Rangel says the lack of jury trials is causing a problem for the Bexar County justice system. → Read More

COVID-19 pandemic forces Bexar County couples to seek courthouse marriages

When Michael Bragg and his bride-to-be, Crystal, purchased a marriage license last week at the Bexar County Courthouse, they decided since they were already there, they would tie the knot immediately. → Read More

Judge may tighten courthouse COVID-19 restrictions

While city and county leaders consider relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, District Court Administrative Judge Ron Rangel is moving in the opposite direction. → Read More

Judge to accelerate Zoom proceedings

Since the Bexar County jury system was shut down over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus last month, in-person court appearances have stopped. But, many judges have been conducting hearings remotely. → Read More

Willie Nelson makes food bank plea

The San Antonio Food Bank got a welcome assist from country music icon Willie Nelson and his sons recently. → Read More

Mandatory face-covering rules gets mixed reviews

An emergency order was updated Thursday by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff that requires anyone over 10 years old to wear cloth face masks while in a public space. The order goes into effect Monday. → Read More

Man sentenced to prison during remote hearing

The sentencing hearing for Daniel Zambrano and co-defendant, Anthony Mireles, on Wednesday was among several hearings that 175th District Judge Cathrine Torres-Stahl has presided over from her home. → Read More

Plans underway to restart jury system in Bexar County

Calling a May 15 date for restarting the jury system a “moving target," Bexar County Administrative Judge Ron Rangel is considering ways to get things up and running. → Read More

Jury moratorium in Bexar County courts extended

An order declaring a moratorium on jury summons and trials in Bexar County was extended Thursday by Administrative Judge Ron Rangel until May 15. → Read More

Bexar County district judge orders face coverings worn in courtrooms

Bexar County District Judge Ron Rangel has taken another step in hopes of preventing the spread of the coronavirus in courtrooms. → Read More

Bexar County adds temperature screening for staff, visitors

Signs posted at the entrance to the Bexar County Courthouse, the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center and other county facilities Tuesday were another indicator that local leaders are taking the COVID-19 pandemic extremely seriously. → Read More

Bexar County probate, mental health courts deemed ‘essential’ during pandemic

With only prosecutors and the public defenders in his probate courtroom, Judge Oscar Kazen got another week of working under pandemic-dictated guidelines Monday. → Read More

Lawyers association calls Abbott’s executive order involving PR bonds discriminatory

The president of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is calling an executive order issued Sunday by Gov. Greg Abbott unconstitutional. → Read More

Bexar County judge conducts court hearings from home

Remote hearings being held in a County Court at Law courtroom are aimed at keeping the criminal justice system from completely shutting down as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

It’s business as usual for most Bexar County offices in spite of coronavirus

Although safety procedures have been “ramped up,” Bexar County offices are operating normally. → Read More

Debrief: How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the criminal justice system in Bexar County, Texas

The coronavirus pandemic is now affecting the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. → Read More

Texas death chamber closed temporarily due to coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus has prompted an execution at the Texas death chamber to be delayed. → Read More

‘In A Killer’s Care’: The story behind one of Texas’ most notorious alleged serial killers Genene Jones

Genene Jones was convicted of killing two babies and suspected of murdering dozens more. KSAT News at 9 uncovers the story behind one of the most shocking suspected serial killers in Texas history. → Read More

Attorneys review juror questionnaires in accused cop killer trial

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are spending the week reviewing questionnaires completed by prospective jurors in the capital murder trial of Otis McKane. → Read More

Judges addressing coronavirus issue in their courtrooms

While county commissioners were being briefed Tuesday by the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management on preparedness and prevention plans to deal with the coronavirus, county and district court judges were addressing the issue in their courtrooms. → Read More