Houston Chronicle: Man with 6 felony convictions accused of murder out on bail
September 17, 2020
A Houston man with six felony convictions is accused of murder is out on bond, adding more debate to the ongoing “federal civil rights lawsuit challenging Harris County district court judges‘ felony cash bail practices,” reports the Houston Chronicle.
From the article:
Howard Henderson, Founding Director of the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University, said that judges use discretion in making bond decisions or revoking bond, such as in cases where a person has been accused of a crime while released on felony bond. Some of that decision comes down to constitutional interpretation, which the judge has to weigh against risk assessments that tend to be skewed against Black and brown people, Henderson said.
“It’s essentially a constitutional argument with real life consequences,” he said. “I just wouldn’t want to be the judge in that case.”