Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

After Election Loss Texas Judge Randomly Releases Juvenile Defendants

After Election Loss Texas Judge Randomly Releases Juvenile Defendants

"I think this was a post-election weird blip", said public defender Steve Halpert, according to KTRK-TV.

Devlin has released juveniles facing serious charges in the past as long as they have behaved in detention and will have adequate adult supervision upon their release, Halpert said.

Everythingpossible / DreamstimeSpurned by voters, a Texas juvenile court justice known for incarcerating lots of teen offenders opted to release virtually all the defendants who appeared in his court today. The newspaper found that the two judges accounted for more than a fifth of youths sent to juvenile prisons in Texas a year ago. Four were charged with aggravated robbery.

"We call on the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct to investigate Judge Devlin for violating the canons of judicial conduct". "He made a comment, "This is obviously what the voters wanted" and I think there's an implication by electing all Democratic judges, there's this belief that Democratic judges are going to be soft on crime".

Harris County Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Devlin lost his re-election bid to Natalia Oakes as Democrats swept the county's juvenile judicial offices.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg condemned the judge's actions on Wednesday.

Devlin declined comment to the newspaper. He and fellow Harris County judge John Phillips are responsible for a fifth of all minors in Texas juvenile prisons.

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Ogg added, "We oppose the wholesale release of violent offenders at any age".

Youths held in lockups while awaiting resolution of their cases are entitled to hearings every 10 days to determine whether they should remain in detention, the Houston Chronicle explains.

Devlin was elected to Houston's 313th district court in 2010, according to the court's website.

Witnesses said that before releasing the defendants he asked them if they planned to kill anybody.

The rest of the cases were reset for January 4, after Devlin's replacement, Democrat Natalia Oaks, takes the bench.

One attorney, while waiting to find out who would oversee Devlin's cases on Thursday, reportedly told Blakinger that they weren't in court when the incident happened, "but I sure wish I was".

Alex Bunin, the county's chief public defender, suggested to the Houston Chronicle that his actions were something of a sulk.

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