Why Austin bomber Mark Conditt’s confession may be kept secret — forever
Austin American-Statesman, April 6, 2018
Hours after the Austin bomber killed himself as police closed in, investigators revealed that the man responsible for a series of attacks that killed two and injured five had left behind a 28-minute recorded confession.
Reporters asked interim Police Chief Brian Manley if police planned to release the audio to the public, who had suffered through nearly three weeks of terror caused by Mark Conditt’s crimes.
“No, not at this point,” Manley said.
They may never.
Access Denied: How lawmakers, the Texas Supreme Court and Ken Paxton closed the door on open government.
Texas Observer, April 2, 2018
By most measures, McAllen’s 2015 Christmas parade and concert was a wild success. Telenovela stars, radio personalities and local dignitaries waved to cheering crowds from an impressive line of lighted floats that glided through the streets of this city of 142,000 in the Rio Grande Valley. Fourteen marching bands strutted their stuff. Towering over the festivities were larger-than-life balloons: Santa Claus, the Gingerbread Man and Angry Birds characters. MORE
TPPF Forum: A conversation on Texas’ Public Information Act
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Laura Prather
During ‘Sunshine Month,’ put spotlight on government accountability
By Kelley Shannon
Shining light on government to hold it accountable is hardly a new idea. In fact, Texas was a national leader in this realm for more than 40 years.
Sadly, the flow of public information in this huge state is slipping from the sunshine into the shadows. MORE