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YOU CAN GET PEOPLE TO TAKE DOWN THAT NEGATIVE STUFF ABOUT YOU ON THE INTERNET!

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Today (Fri Aug. 29) the Texas Supreme Court handed a victory to a man who was smeared by a former employer on the Internet. Houston appellate lawyer Martin Siegel represented Robert Kinney in a case of interest to anyone who has been cyber-bullied or had something defamatory written about them on the internet.

The Texas high court told Mr. Kinney that an Austin trial court was wrong when it said that even if someone places a damaging falsehood about him online, it can remain there forever and the Texas courts cannot order it to be removed.

“This is a win for Robert and other people who are smeared online.  The Supreme Court reinstated his lawsuit and ordered that the defamation will have to be removed from the web if he wins before a jury.  Before, the courts said his only possible remedy would be an award of money damages.  The Supreme Court carefully limited the extent of the injunction to the existing posts, but if the defamation is repeated in new posts, it will be easy for Robert to get new orders taking those down too.  The important thing is, a person can’t destroy someone else’s reputation online and have that stay on the web forever, as the other side wanted,” said Houston appellate lawyer Martin Siegel.

Mr. Kinney sued a former employer but does not seek damages.  He simply wants to get the false statements about his past work removed from the Internet. He can now go ahead with his lawsuit.

Case: Robert Kinney v. Andrew Harrison Barnes et al. No. 13-0043

Opinion here: http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/historical/2014/aug/130043.pdf

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THE MISSING BRONZE STATUE IN HARRIS COUNTY!

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Coles Crossing community need the public’s help in recovering a large bronze statue stolen from the property this week, as well as tracking down the suspect(s) who stole it.

The bronze statue is of a boy walking barefoot, holding a fishing pole over his right shoulder and a string of fish in his left hand (photo attached).

It was discovered missing from its location at 13050 Barker Cypress in northwest Harris County by the community center’s landscape company early Thursday morning.

The statue is approximately four feet tall and weighs about 500 pounds. Its estimated value is between $25,000-$35,000. It’s been a fixture in the Coles Crossing community since the late 1990′s.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Burglary and Theft Division at 713-967-5805 or submit a tip via iWatchHarrisCounty.

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MURDER SUICIDE DETAILS RELEASED!

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On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at approximately 3pm, Houston Police responded to a family disturbance with shots fired at 1502 Fellows.  Upon their arrival witnesses told them that Lisa Thorn was moving out of the residence she shared with Starling Caston, who was her boyfriend. 

Caston was watching Thorn pack her personal property when, he pulled out a handgun and shot her.  Witnesses inside the home quickly fled the residence and called police.  Police believed the suspect had barricaded himself and Thorn inside the house. 

Houston SWAT was called to the scene.  SWAT officers entered the home and found Ms. Thorn deceased inside, and Mr. Caston was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a back bedroom. This case was investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit.