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Neena Satija

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Past articles by Neena:

Here's how much the 10 top-paid court-appointed attorneys in Harris County made last year

The 10 highest-paid court-appointed attorneys in Harris County all pocketed more than $450,000 last year, which is three times the average salary of a full-time → Read More

Harris County spends millions on court-appointed lawyers with big caseloads. Critics call it a waste.

Last year, the Houston-area county spent $60 million on court-appointed lawyers for low-income people, with 100 private attorneys earning more than $400K each. → Read More

Marijuana seeds, a dog witness: 5 colorful memories from Texas attorney Jeff Blackburn's life

Blackburn was best known for his work unraveling a massive drug sting in the tiny West Texas town of Tulia. But there are countless other stories to tell. → Read More

2 years and $4.4 billion in, here's what we know about Abbott's Operation Lone Star border crackdown

Texas Republicans have pumped billions of dollars into an unprecedented border security blitz. Here is what we know about the controversial effort. → Read More

New details emerge in Houston A/C repairman's 2020 assault over Hotze voter fraud conspiracy

Steven Hotze, a GOP donor and supporter of the debunked theory that Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election, faces felony charges related to the incident. → Read More

New records shed light on behind-the-scenes chaos of Houston's boil water notice

City officials struggled to grasp basic regulations, argued, and searched frantically for information that should have been available. → Read More

Why is Houston under a boil water notice? Texas rules require it

State rules require "boil water" notice to be issued even if the water pressure drops below 20 psi for a moment. → Read More

He called Abbott’s border crackdown a waste of time and money. He’s also defending it in court.

Defense attorney David Schulman’s qualifications for the job are unquestionable, but his dedication to Abbott's Operation Lone Star is not. → Read More

City employee electrocuted near Melrose Park polling place in Houston

One person was electrocuted at Squatty Lyons Park, possibly while hanging lights, officials said. A power outage resulted and election officials opted to close the Melrose Park polling place. → Read More

Paxton's plan for an election task force in Houston sparked outrage. There's no evidence it exists.

For all the attention it got in the lead up to Election Day, very little is known about the operation. → Read More

Abbott's border crackdown rife with court chaos, blown deadlines

A flood of human smuggling arrests is causing attorneys to wait months for evidence and suspects to languish in jail. → Read More

With law enforcement funding in the spotlight, here's what to know about Harris County constables

Here’s what to know about constables, as Harris County continues an increasingly heated debate over law enforcement funding. → Read More

Inside the hiring crisis plaguing Texas’ child welfare agency

Monica Knighton was the 12th hiring specialist on her 14-member team to leave in a year. She didn’t go quietly. → Read More

Webb Co. judge tosses migrant cases, defense claims Operation Lone Star discriminates against men

Defense attorneys argue the state is engaging in “sex discrimination” by bringing charges only against men who cross the border, but not women or children. → Read More

Jailed migrants claim Texas discriminates against men, and win

Defense attorneys argue the state is engaging in “sex discrimination” by bringing charges only against men who cross the border, but not women or children. → Read More

Nineteen Austin police officers charged with misconduct during protests, including one who’s running for public office

The Austin district attorney made good on his pledge to crack down on misconduct by police, charging at least 19 officers with excessive force or other misconduct during social justice protests in 2020. → Read More

Inside District Attorney Jose Garza’s campaign to reform Austin’s police department

In just 10 months, the new prosecutor won indictments against nine law enforcement officials. Now he is in a showdown with police. → Read More

‘I do regret being there’: Simone Gold, noted hydroxychloroquine advocate, was inside the Capitol during the riot

The physician, an outspoken critic of lockdowns and other government efforts to stop the spread of covid-19, said she followed a crowd in and did not realize it was illegal to enter the building. → Read More

What you need to know about Dominion, the company that Trump and his lawyers baselessly claim ‘stole’ the election

The voting systems corporation handles elections for jurisdictions across the United States. → Read More

Federal judge allows Texas’s Harris County to count ballots cast via drive-through voting

The court rejected Republicans’ argument that 127,000 ballots in the Houston area were cast through an illegal method and should be invalidated. → Read More