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By Raymond Bonner, Special to ProPublica 

Former Texas District Attorney Ken Anderson photo by: Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman

Former Texas District Attorney Ken Anderson photo by: Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman

For 30 years, Ken Anderson was the face of law enforcement in Williamson County, Texas, first as a bearded district attorney asking the court for tough sentences, and for the last 10 years handing those kinds of sentences out as a judge.

Earlier this month, his beard gone, his hair white, Anderson, noted for his talks to school children about the criminal justice system and the dangers of drugs, walked into the courthouse again, this time as a defendant. He had come to turn himself in, be fingerprinted, photographed and post $2,500 bail. A few hours earlier a judge had ordered his arrest.

By Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity 

Facebook chairman Marc Zuckerberg

Facebook chairman Marc Zuckerberg

Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and the world’s largest social network increased their spending on lobbying last quarter, bucking an overall downward trend, newly filed congressional disclosures show.

As debate over gun control raged in the Senate, the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Mayors Against Illegal Guns each spent more on federal-level lobbying during the year’s first three months than in any previous quarter.