Houston-area juvenile judge loses election, then ‘wholesale releases' defendants the next day
Added 11-08-18 01:17:01am EST - “A juvenile court judge in Harris County, Texas, responded to getting voted out of office by releasing every defendant who appeared before him Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.Judge Glenn Devlin, apparently making a point…” - Theblaze.com
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A juvenile court judge in Harris County, Texas, responded to getting voted out of office by releasing every defendant who appeared before him Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Judge Glenn Devlin, apparently making a point about the Democratic judges who were elected Tuesday being soft on crime, released every juvenile who simply said they wouldn’t murder someone upon their release.
“I think this was a post-election weird blip,” said public defender Steve Halpert, according to KTRK-TV. “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.”
Devlin and two other county judges lost to Democrats on Election Day, and Devlin apparently wanted to make a statement to spite those who voted him out.
According to Halpert, Devlin asked each defendant “If I release you, will you go out and murder anybody?” Once the defendants answered “no,” Devlin released them.
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