Glenn Devlin, Judge of the Houston District Court, who was part of 59 district republican lawyers According to testimony and media reports, at least seven and possibly more minors were released who appeared before him on Wednesday. According to ABC 13 at least ten young people were released.
Devlin first asked the children if they were going to kill anyone.
Steve Halpert, head of the youth department of Harris County Public Defender's office in Houston, said that he had previously asked Devlin three times to release a client charged with serious robbery, to no avail. On Wednesday, Devlin approved the request without further ado.
"If I'm going to fire you, will you kill someone?" Halpert quoted Devlin to his client and others.
The defendants of course said no.
"Okay, you're released," said the judge.
Halpert said it was not a behavior he was used to from Devlin, and said he believed the judge was trying to say something
" I heard him in court telling other attorneys, "Hey, you see, that's obviously what voters wanted." "I think that was a bit ironic," Halpert said.
Republicans in Harris County had placed ads Before the election warned Democrats would be gentle with the crimes, Halpert said
Devlin and another Judge of the District Juvenile Court, John Phillips, also a Republican, were responsible for more than a fifth of the cases The minors sent In 2017, the Houston Chronicle, which was found during an Investiga in October, was convicted of juvenile prisons in the state, with a judgment by another juvenile court against those of Devlin and Phillips that accounted for about 96 percent of the imprisoned K in the minorities, the chronicle reports.
In Texas, minors between 10 and 17 years of age accused of crimes may be detained According to ABC 13, judges were released at the judges' discretion at the discretion of their judges. Many of the released youths were charged with violent crimes.
"We refuse to release violent offenders Any age," said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. "This could endanger the public."
Alex Bunin, the county's top defense lawyer, told the Houston Chronicle he was confused by the judge's actions.
"I'm not sure I can wrap my arms around, he actually does," he said, "It's a big change, and the only thing that's happened is that he was not elected, so I do not know
Criminal Justice Lawyers Also Criticized Devlin's Decisions  "Judge Devlin seems to give up the fundamental responsibility of a sitting juvenile judge," said Elizabeth Henneke of the Chronicle's Lone Star Justice Alliance, adding
Devlin declined to comment on the newspaper.
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