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BREAKING: New Orleans, LA – Oral arguments heard today in O’Donnell v. Harris County federal lawsuit

Update: O’Donnell v. Harris County Today, oral arguments were heard in New Orleans before a panel of three judges sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, in the federal case of ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas where the Plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of the…

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BREAKING: Utah Legislature requests judiciary “immediately stop” implementation of risk assessment tool citing potential “public safety” concerns (letter)

BREAKING NEWS… Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah State Legislature has sent a formal letter to Chief Justice Matthew Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court and Richard Schwermer, Court Administrator of the AOC, to request that the judiciary “immediately stop in the implementation of the statewide risk assessment tool and enhancements to the current risk…

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Walker v. Calhoun: Georgia, Florida, Alabama Attorneys General file amicus brief in support of the City of Calhoun

Update:  Walker v. Calhoun Calhoun, GA – On September 27, 2017,  the State Attorneys General on behalf of the States of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama filed an amicus brief in support of the City of Calhoun, Georgia in this the second appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Walker v….

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Walker v. Calhoun: Department of Justice files amicus brief stating monetary bail schedules are constitutional

Update:  Walker v. Calhoun Calhoun, GA – On September 13, 2017, the United States Department of Justice filed a brief in favor of the constitutionality of the imposition of monetary bail and using a bail schedule based on the offense, if a defendant then has a right to an expedited bail review hearing where the…

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ABC’s Jeff Clayton on Senator Harris’ Federal Bail Reform Legislation

SENATOR HARRIS’ FEDERAL BAIL REFORM LEGISLATION IS PROOF THAT  WASHINGTON IS TRULY BROKEN (as seen in California Political Review – Sept 11 2017) By Jeff Clayton, Executive Director, American Bail Coalition Most Americans would agree that some degree of bail reform is needed in our country.  In fact, there are many dialogues currently taking place…

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Major Momentum Shift: Texas Legislature Squarely Rejects New Jersey-Style Bail Reform

As the gavel came down last night in Austin and the Texas Legislature adjourned sine die, a historic attempt by Senator John Whitmire and Chief Justice Nathan Hecht to undo Texas’s bail system was soundly defeated as the clock finally ran out on the legislation. Senate Bill 1338 and companion legislation would have implemented New…

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Federal Judge Issues Injunction Against Harris County Criminal Judges–Interlocutory Appeal Coming

After nearly a year of litigation, a U.S. District Judge in Houston issued a partial injunction against the Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judges on Friday, April 28, 2017. While reading the 193 page order could take the average lawyer weeks to understand, the injunction order clearly was limited to misdemeanor cases only.  Basically,…

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Deals Major Blow to Legal Effort to Declare Bail Unconstitutional

Atlanta, GA–Today, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals vacated a grant of a preliminary injunction in the federal bail case of Walker v. Calhoun, Georgia, where District Judge Harold Murphy granted an injunction against the city because the city’s bail system discriminated against people based on their wealth. The Court of Appeals…

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Harris County Bail System is Constitutional

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH’S SOLICITOR GENERAL, PAUL D. CLEMENT, INFORMS A FEDERAL JUDGE THAT HARRIS COUNTY’S BAIL SYSTEM IS CONSTITUTIONAL February 23, 2017             Late last week, Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement filed an amicus brief in the pending case ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas, et. al, where a group of Plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed another copy-cat…

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U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE IN SACRAMENTO RULES SQUARELY AGAINST THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S EQUAL PROTECTION BAIL THEORY

U.S. District Court Judge L. Troy Nunley ruled against the U.S. Justice Department’s equal protection bail theory that was first advanced by the Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Department in Clanton, Alabama some twenty-two months ago.  A group of plaintiffs lawyers have filed as many as fifteen cases around the country, alleging that the…

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