In a recent ruling regarding Texas Governor’s Greg Abbott’s executive order on bail during the coronavirus pandemic, Houston judges recently learned the Texas Supreme Court supported the governor’s action. The group of 16 judges sued to challenge Governor Abbott’s order, suspending statutes that allowed judges to release offenders with a violent past. The court ruled the judges had gone too far. LPHS partner David Coale says the ruling sends a message. “This case, and the Fifth Circuit’s recent cases, are a strong signal that the highest appellate courts in this state are being very cautious about judicial power in the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr. Coale said.
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