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Richard Lee Tabler, 35, is condemned for a double murder in Killeen 2004. He has repeatedly asked the courts, that his appeals be dropped and that he be put to death immediately. (Photo courtesy Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Death Row Inmate Whose Call Prompted A Lockdown Loses Appeal

In October 2008, Richard Lee Tabler used a smuggled cellphone to threaten a state senator. The discovery of the contraband phone prompted a statewide lockdown of more than 150,000 inmates.


File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Federal Appeals Court Set To Review Texas Abortion Law

A federal appeals court was set to review a Texas law that led to the closing of many abortion clinics in the state, a case that ultimately appears to be bound for the U.S. Supreme Court.


File photo of woman getting a sonogram. (credit: GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

Appeals Court Rules Texas Can Enforce Abortion Law

A Texas abortion law passed last year that requires doctors to show sonograms to patients can be enforced while opponents challenge the measure in court, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that signaled the judges believe the law is constitutional.