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Appellate judges show concern over Harris County bail practices, court ruling

from The Texas Tribune

A panel of three federal appellate judges seemed concerned with Harris County's bail practices concerning poor misdemeanor defendants, but they also questioned a lower judge's ruling that changed the county's system. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans held an hour-long hearing on the pretrial system of Texas' most populous county, where arrestees who can't afford their bail bonds regularly sit in jail while similar defendants who have cash are released. more


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