Texas Judge Hears Fight Over Limits on Pretrial Releases

In a case fraught with separation-of-power issues unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the American Civil Liberties Union urged a Texas judge Friday to block an executive order from Governor Greg Abbott meant to keep people charged with or convicted of violent crimes behind bars.

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Judges Sue Texas Governor Over Limits on Inmate Releases During Outbreak

Sixteen Houston judges and three criminal defense attorneys’ associations sued top Texas officials Wednesday, claiming the governor’s executive order restricting judges’ ability to issue no-fee bonds is unconstitutional and will put inmates and jail staffers at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus.

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Ex-Peru President to Remain Jailed Pending Extradition in Bribery Case

Despite testimony that he is at “grave risk” of mental and physical decline in a semi-isolated jail unit, a federal judge on Wednesday refused to release a former Peruvian president on house arrest pending his potential extradition on corruption charges.

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Bloodless Transplant

A Texas prisoner was properly denied his request to be released on bail in order to receive a “bloodless” heart transplant, an appeals court in the state ruled. As a Jehovah’s Witness, the inmate cannot receive blood transfusions, and the hospital where he currently receives medical treatment does not perform the type of procedure he seeks.

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