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A Texas sheriff sent his department’s SWAT team with guns drawn to break up a rally in support of a bar owner who reopened her business in violation of Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) coronavirus lockdown on Monday.
The protestors say they did nothing wrong and argue they were simply practicing their First and Second Amendment Rights, while the sheriff says the demonstrators exhibited “a show of force” in their demonstration. Eight people were arrested—six of them for unlawfully carrying a weapon on a premises licensed to sell alcohol.
During the court hearing, Moyé informed Luther that he would consider not giving her jail time if she had admitted she was in the wrong when reopening her salon, that she was selfish for doing so, and that she should apologize to the elected officials whose orders she deliberately violated.
“I have much respect for this court and laws,” Luther respond via phone to the judge. “I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be. But I have to disagree with you sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision but I’m not going to shut the salon.”
[This mother trying to support her family ] was sentenced to a week in jail [and] fined $7,000.
AUSTIN, Texas — Here in Travis County, judges and prosecutors are letting people out of jail to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. But the KVUE Defenders found out hundreds of those inmates are people charged with serious felony crimes. “Our most immediate and urgent attention is being paid to trying to keep the virus out of the jail,” Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Calling the Harris County Jail a “ticking time bomb,” County Judge Lina Hidalgo said about 1,000 “non-violent” inmates will be released.
Hidalgo said this drastic action is necessary so they can practice social distancing to stop help stop the spread of coronavirus inside the jail. It could be three or four days before people leave the downtown jail.
As local officials shrink jail populations due to coronavirus, Abbott blocks release of some inmates who can’t pay bail
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — As local officials shrink jail populations due to coronavirus, Abbott blocks release of some inmates who can’t pay bail
Some judges across Texas were already releasing more inmates on no-cost personal bonds because of COVID-19, handing a win to bail reform advocates who fight against systems that often rely on cash for release…but some jail releases have prompted concern. In Harris County, a murder suspect was released from jail after he said he was afraid of contracting COVID-19 there.
Although the order bans release of inmates on no-cost, personal bonds, it does not set a standard for how high a bail amount must be. Presumably, judges could still release inmates on bonds of $1
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