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To work in Beaumont, you might need a permit from Judge Walston

By The Record | Jun 5, 2018

Jefferson County District Judge Kent Walston may have no challengers in his bid for reelection, but his allegedly imperious actions in court are being challenged by a former defendant who claims he got railroaded.

Even big companies are innocent until proven guilty

By The Record | May 29, 2018

“The seriousness of poisoning caused by benzene depends on the amount, route, and length of time of exposure, as well as the age and preexisting medical condition of the exposed person,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.

And the winner is -- already known

By The Record | May 24, 2018

The race for 58th District Court, however, is in the bag. Put your money on Kent Walston. He’s guaranteed to win reelection. He could get stuck in the gate, pull up lame, or even run in the wrong direction and he’s still going to win.

Trial nears on “un-level sidewalk” suit seeking $1 million

By The Record | May 15, 2018

Rose Bruton was 82 years old when she died on October 31, 2016. She and her husband had lived in Kirbyville for 46 years before moving to Beaumont in 2015. According to her obituary, “Rose loved reading, gardening, shopping, and volunteering at Kirbyville Christian Outreach and the Kirbyville Public Library [and] was very active in her church.”

Provost Umphrey opposes arbitration, except when it doesn't

By The Record | May 8, 2018

You can't blame plumbers for not liking drain cleaners. The handy, easy-to-use household product doesn't make plumbers superfluous, but it does reduce the need for their services.

How do you unseal a court record that doesn't exist?

By The Record | May 1, 2018

If a court record that doesn't exist can be kept sealed, surely it can be unsealed, too. If it doesn't exist, what's the point of keeping it sealed?

Hey, Nico, you work(ed) for us, so remember that

By The Record | Apr 24, 2018

Can you imagine having employees – trusted and empowered to sign contracts on your behalf – who refuse to share the details of a particular agreement with you? They would soon be ex-employees, wouldn't they?

Penny wants dollars

By The Record | Apr 18, 2018

“We really, really enjoyed it here. Great food and great atmosphere,” says Donna R. in her five-star Yelp review of Republic Chicken in Beaumont. “Man, it was delicious! We will definitely be going back.”

County officials just say no to opioid lawsuits

By The Record | Apr 10, 2018

Remember how self-styled sophisticates howled with laughter when First Lady Nancy Reagan introduced the new slogan for the “War on Drugs” effort back in the 1980s?

It was Just Lunch, but Rice is boiling

By The Record | Apr 3, 2018

Unless you grew up in a strict religious sect, you're not likely to know much about courtship, but courtship is what young singles engaged in before there was dating.

I scream, you scream, etc.

By The Record | Mar 20, 2018

Kids have selective hearing. Depending on what you're saying, they may be stone-deaf from a foot away or pick up dog whistles a block away.

Sometimes, falling is your own fault

By The Record | Mar 12, 2018

Playing used to be a lot more fun for a kid because there was an element of danger to it, which made it more exciting.

Would Tina Bradley be another Donald Floyd?

By The Record | Mar 6, 2018

Soon-to-retire 172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd has been called upon more than once to justify his decisions – and more than once has offered dubious responses or none at all.

Jefferson County District Clerk Jamie Smith needs to try harder

By The Record | Feb 26, 2018

What do Dallas, Galveston, Harris and other Texas county courts have that Jefferson County's doesn't? Transparency. Online transparency, that is. An easily accessible and navigable website that allows ordinary citizens to review court records of civil litigation from home, the office, cell phones, etc.

Russell Budd cannot postpone the inevitable forever

By The Record | Feb 20, 2018

There's no blood in the water (yet), but it's only a matter of time before Dallas plaintiffs attorney Russell Budd starts screaming and flailing his arms and perhaps goes under, figuratively speaking. It won't be the jaws of a shark that devour him, but the jaws of transparency and justice – justice delayed so far.

Texas and Exxon offer energetic defenses

By The Record | Feb 7, 2018

State governments across the country are suing energy companies like ExxonMobil on the pretext that “climate change” is a proven fact rather than an hypothesis, that energy companies have contributed to it and therefore are legally responsible for any weather-related damages that occur and the cost of their remediation.

Suing a store for something a customer did

By The Record | Jan 30, 2018

David Humphries must have no assets. Otherwise, Scott Stroud and Jennifer East might be sueing him instead of Academy Sports in Port Arthur. Two years ago, Humphries exposed himself to Stroud's and East's minor daughters inside the store and allegedly sexually assaulted both of them. But Humphries was not an Academy employee, and Stroud and East were on the premises at the time.

A simple yes-no question for conniving politicians

By The Record | Jan 22, 2018

When he first interceded in the State of Massachusetts' lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was motivated by the belief that “using governmental power as a means to silence critics or beat political opponents should be called out.”

Perhaps Philip Klein and Jeffrey Dorrell have met their match (each other)

By The Record | Jan 16, 2018

When your favorite athlete or team has been eliminated from a tournament and you're not particularly fond of any of the remaining contestants, the quandary you face may not be having to decide whom to root for but whom to root against.

'It's not the crime, it's the cover-up'

By The Record | Jan 9, 2018

That's the distillation of received wisdom that gained currency after the Watergate scandal erupted and the efforts of the Nixon Administration to conceal its connection to a break-in at the Democratic National Committee were exposed, leading to impeachment hearings and culminating in Richard Nixon's resignation.

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