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ICYMI: With deportation looming, an immigrant's last days are filled with legal fights

David Calvillo attorney at law and senior counsel at the Chamberlain Hrdlicka law firm, former Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and Juan F. Vasquez, Jr. Chamberlain Hrdlicka law firm shareholder share a snack with the Rodriguez family at their home in Houston, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle / © 2017 Houston Chronicle



Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle

David Calvillo attorney at law and senior counsel at the Chamberlain Hrdlicka law firm, former Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and Juan F. Vasquez, Jr. Chamberlain Hrdlicka law firm shareholder share a snack with the Rodriguez family at their home in Houston, Thursday, June 8, 2017.

David Calvillo attorney at law and senior counsel at the…

This week’s long-form and investigative reporting includes another look at a man’s struggle against deportation, a deep dive into the once-vibrant community of Sunnyside and an update on the mysterious case of Mary Cerruti.

Out of Time: Deportation fight adds legal firepower
By Olivia P. Tallet
@oliviaptallet

Juan Rodríguez has to appear before Immigration and Customs Enforcement on June 29 to be deported, and the clock is ticking. For his family – his wife, Celia, and their three daughters, Karen, Rebecca and Kimberly – the days are moving too fast, and the nights are restless. But as the day draws nearer, a team of legal warriors is rallying around the immigrant from El Salvador.


Mountains of cocaine and homegrown terror plots: Magidson’s storied career comes to abrupt close
By Gabrielle Banks
@GabMoBanks

After four decades in the courtroom, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson anticipated his eventual ouster following Trump’s victory in November and planned a graceful exit at the end of April with goodbyes and a farewell cake.

But that’s not how it went down.

Ken Magidson spends most of his days on Memorial Golf Course, he worked on his short game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Houston.                    Magidson, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, former Harris County DA in the wake of Chuck Rosenthal scandal, and career prosecutor from D.C. who had a part in many historic events in Houston. Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / © 2017 Houston Chronicle



Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle

Ken Magidson spends most of his days on Memorial Golf Course, he worked on his short game Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Houston. Magidson, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, former Harris County DA in the wake of Chuck Rosenthal scandal, and career prosecutor from D.C. who had a part in many historic events in Houston.

Ken Magidson spends most of his days on Memorial Golf Course, he…

Cause of death released in Heights bones case
By Emily Foxhall
@emfoxhall

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has released a long-awaited cause of death determination for the bones found months ago in the wall of a Heights bungalow, where a woman had gone missing several years before.

Their findings on cause and manner of death? Undetermined.

Mary Cerruti poses with a tribute she created for her parents as part of the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Casa Ramirez, a store where she occasionally worked. The store owners estimate the photo was taken around 2010. The basket contains images of her parents, a wood folk art skeleton, marigolds and small candles. Photo: Agapito Sanchez For Casa Ramirez, Courtesy Of Casa Ramirez



Photo: Agapito Sanchez For Casa Ramirez, Courtesy Of Casa Ramirez

Mary Cerruti poses with a tribute she created for her parents as part of the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Casa Ramirez, a store where she occasionally worked. The store owners estimate the photo was taken around 2010. The basket contains images of her parents, a wood folk art skeleton, marigolds and small candles.

Prosperity to Poverty: Loss of jobs, business puts Sunnyside in peril
By John D. Harden
@jdharden

It was once known as the Black Wall Street. But today, Sunnyside has the highest unemployment rate in Houston, a whopping 29 percent. What happened to the once-vibrant community and its thriving mom-and-pop businesses?

Is criminalizing mental illness in Texas the best means for care?
By Emily Foxhall
@emfoxhall

Shelia Muldrow sat in her usual courtroom pew. Her son had another criminal hearing. In the coming hours, she did not know what to expect. 

After 18 months, the case finally neared an end. If the judge sent him to prison, he would not die on the street. He would be safe. He would get medicine. It was not ideal, but was it the best solution for which to hope?

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