The 14th Court of Appeals in Texas recently upheld the decision of a trial judge who cut off the state’s closing argument after six minutes.

On Feb. 20, a three-justice panel of Houston’s 14th Court held in State v. Reina, et al. that Harris County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Jack Cagle did not abuse his discretion by limiting the state’s time to present its case in a 2004 civil trial involving a dispute between the state and landowners over damages resulting from a property condemnation and by refusing the state’s request for additional time.