Jose Villegas was put to death shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the execution.
Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restrict voting, notably photo identification requirements, saying they threaten to roll back half a century of progress.
Tommy Lynn Sells was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished penobarbital.
Judges rule the regulations do not jeopardize a woman’s health.
A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare execution of a female prisoner.
Abortion clinic owner Diane Derzis has stared down protesters, laughed off those who call her “baby killer” and smiled through clenched teeth while bantering with people who want to close her centers in the South.
A third of Texas’ abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women’s rights.
A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state’s clinics to stop providing abortions.
A federal appeals court asked lawyers for the University of Texas on Wednesday to explain how they would decide when affirmative action for minority students is no longer necessary as it considered a lawsuit seeking to eliminate the school’s current policy.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday that if he weren’t a Virginian he’d “probably want to be a Texan.”