Despite the fact that bond is not to be used as a punitive measure, too many judges at the Criminal (In)justice Center still use bond and pretrial release as measures to put the screws to defendants. Up in the felony courts I can guarantee you there are plenty of folks who are being held without bond illegally because there is no one to challenge the coercive polices of the Harris County District Attorney's Office or the berobed ones.
Far too few attorneys have read Article 1, Section 11a of the Texas Constitution. Pick it up and read it. It will open your eyes.
Once again I want to thank everyone who has dropped by over the past year and read a post, left a comment or an instant message. I appreciate both your kind words and your criticism.
Over the past year there have been approximately 128,300 pageviews - that's an increase of more than 40,000 from last year. There were a total of 174 comments posted (yours and mine) - which is also an increase over last year. There were also thousands of spam comments that never made it past the filter.
Here are the top five read articles from the past twelve months:
- Happy Birthday, Guantanamo (Jan. 12, 2012)
- Unarmed, paralyzed and dead (Apr. 18, 2012)
- New members appointed to Texas forensic science panel (Nov. 3, 2011)
- More questions than answers (Oct. 23, 2011)
- Ryan Braun cleared to play ball (Feb. 24, 2012)