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Houston Federal Judge Won't Weigh in on Fight Against Abbott's No-Cost Jail Release Ban

from Click2Houston

A federal judge has declined to take any action against Harris County and Gov. Greg Abbott’s jail release decisions. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal ruled that she would not issue a temporary order against Harris County officials or the governor. Inmates’ attorneys in an ongoing bail lawsuit have argued that the governor’s order banning no-cost release of some inmates during the pandemic unconstitutionally discriminates against poor defendants and puts too much gubernatorial power over the judicial branch. more

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