Mark Pulliam

Mark Pulliam is a lawyer and commentator in Austin, Texas.

Prosecutorial Collusion in the Fourth Estate: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 4

 

This is the fourth — and final — installment in a series of articles dissecting the prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (the first three parts are here, here, and here). Among the many parallels between the abuses of mercenary “special prosecutors” Kent Schaffer and Brian Wice and the out-of-control investigation being conducted by […]

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None Dare Call It Politics: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 3

 

This is the third in a series of articles (the first two installments are here and here) dissecting the prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. On November 4, 2014, when the 51-year-old Ken Paxton was triumphantly elected Attorney General of Texas, defeating his Democrat opponent, the euphoniously named Sam Houston, by over 20 percentage […]

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Meet Paxton’s Hired-Gun Prosecutors: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 2

 

This is the second in a series of articles dissecting the prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In Les Misérables, Jean Valjean’s fictional antagonist was Inspector Javert, whose obsession with punishing Valjean bordered on demonic. Paxton’s inquisitors, Kent Schaffer and Brian Wice, in contrast, are simply unscrupulous mercenaries aiming to enrich themselves while bagging […]

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Anatomy of a Witch Hunt

 

In the annals of “lawfare” — the weaponized use of the legal system to punish a political enemy — one must distinguish between a random “drive-by” motivated by spite or revenge, versus carefully orchestrated schemes calculated to achieve regime change: removal of an elected official by defeated rivals. Both types of lawfare constitute a serious […]

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Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee

 

I recently attended a panel discussion at my alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin. The topic was “Free Speech on College Campuses: Where to Draw the Line?” The event, held during Free Speech Week, was co-sponsored by UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis […]

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Jim Crow Lives at the State Bar of Texas

 

We now take racial equality for granted, but during the long-gone era of state-sanctioned segregation in Texas and throughout the South, one commonly encountered signs proclaiming “No Colored Allowed” and “Whites Only.” The days of Bull Connor, George Wallace, and Lester Maddox — and the repugnant racial caste system that they enforced — are, thankfully, […]

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Political Correctness Deep in the Heart of Texas

 

For all I know, the political climate at the University of Texas at Austin is no better or no worse than at any other major university, but since I am a UT alumnus and live in Austin, I pay closer attention to UT. Many readers would assume that Texas, being a conservative state, would be […]

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A Tale of Two Judges

 

Judges usually manage to stay out of the news, but two of them in California have been getting lots of national attention lately: U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego, and Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. Both judges have been criticized recently for making bad rulings, but the reaction to this […]

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Electoral Hysteria Invites Defeat

 

Conservative pundits hyperventilate over Donald Trump. Before I wade into the overwrought debate over the prospective 2016 Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, allow me several caveats. First, like many conservatives, I supported a candidate other than Trump during the primary season (while also acknowledging that he brought a refreshing degree of candor, on issues such […]

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Disputed Texas Case Exemplified Judicial Restraint, Not Activism

 

As I have discussed previously (here and here), all judges in Texas are subject to partisan elections, and an incumbent justice on the Texas Supreme Court (all nine members of which are Republicans) named Paul Green is facing a March 1 primary challenge by an evangelical speaker and radio talk show host named Rick Green. […]

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