Texas: Are There No Poorhouses Anymore?

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Harris County takes bail suit to U.S. Supreme CourtIn emergency filing, Harris County aims to halt release of poor inmates

Harris County took the fight over its controversial bail system to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, even as county officials scrambled to plan the imminent release of dozens of misdemeanor defendants held behind bars who cannot afford to post cash bail.

Misdemeanor defendants behind bars?

“In the absence of a stay, the district court’s order that Harris County – the third-largest jurisdiction in the nation – immediately release without sufficient surety untold numbers of potentially dangerous arrestees is certain to cause irreparable harm,” the county’s appeal states.

Potentially dangerous misdemeanor defendants. Parking-ticket-to-Life!

But who will make the decision?

The county’s request went to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who handles appeals requests from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas can either rule on the matter himself or take it to the full court, according to the county attorney’s office.

Well, get the lethal injections ready, I guess.

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One Response to Texas: Are There No Poorhouses Anymore?

  1. Nora Daly says:

    Not hopeful!


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