Houston Public Media: In Latest Development About Bail System Lawsuit, Misdemeanor Judges Withdraw Appeal

There are new developments about the ongoing lawsuit over Harris County’s bail system as the county’s new misdemeanor judges have withdrawn an appeal their predecessors had filed, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The judges, who were elected in the November 6 election, are also replacing a Washington, D.C. law firm that was handling the lawsuit with Allan Van Fleet, a Houston-based pro bono attorney.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said in a statement he supports the newly-elected judges in their effort to resolve the case “on terms they find acceptable.”

Ryan added his office is “confident” the parties “will be able to reach a settlement that maximizes the number of misdemeanor detainees who are eligible for prompt release from jail without secured bail and that also provides due regard for the rights of victims and protection of the community while preserving the independence of the judiciary.”

The next hearing in Judge Rosenthal’s court is scheduled for February 1.

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