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Podcast: When is slavery profitable? Texas' "Law of Parties," why traffic enforcement doesn't make us safer, and breaking down the #TexasGeorgeFloydAct

Here's the April 2021 episode of Just Liberty's Reasonably Suspicious podcast. co-hosted by me and Mandy Marzullo. This is Part Two of our special on the Texas George Floyd Act (here's part one). Listen to it here: We started with a discussion of the hearing on the Texas George Floyd Act and then broke down aspects of the bill we didn't get to in Part One:Qualified Immunity, featuring interviews with Arif Panju and Keith Neely from the Institute for Justice (4:50)Corroboration in Drug Cases, f...
Tags: Texas, Law, Institute for Justice, Mandy, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Jeff Blackburn, Gritsforbreakfast, Innocence Project of Texas, Mandy Marzullo, Keith Neely, Arif Panju


Emails Show Texas Officials Shared Climate Denier's Talking Points During Blackouts

As the lights went out during last month’s cold snap, Texas politicians turned to talking points from Alex Epstein, a regular on the climate denial circuit, to explain their way out of the mess. NBC reported Thursday that Epstein’s propaganda found its way into the inbox of Gov. Greg Abbott and that the chairman of a…
Tags: Energy, Texas, Science, Nbc, Environment, Articles, Fossil Fuels, Rube Goldberg, Greg Abbott, Sean Hannity, Peabody Energy, Heritage Foundation, Epstein, Alex Epstein, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Climate Change Denial


A Texas judge has ruled the CDC's eviction moratorium during the pandemic is unconstitutional

The Maricopa County constable signs an eviction order on October 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. John Moore/Getty Images A federal judge in Texas struck down the constitutionality of an eviction moratorium. The moratorium aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 due to housing instability. But several landlords argued that the moratorium violated their rights as property owners. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A federal judge in Texas ruled that an eviction moratoriu...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Congress, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump, Centers for Disease Control, Barker, US Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Texas, Maricopa County, John Barker


The Texas Think Tank Giving Cover for This Week’s Republican Wind Power Lies

Almost exactly a month before Texas plunged into darkness, a panel convened in Austin to host a discussion about the superiority of the Texan electric grid. Called “Keep the Lights and Ventilators On: The Future of Texas’ Grid Reliability,” the panel was part of an annual conference held by the Texas Public Policy…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Texas, Science, Environment, Articles, Fuel, Renewable Energy, Austin, Wind Power, Fossil Fuel, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Climate Change Denial, Republican Wind Power Lies


Texas oyster crimes are no joke and a symptom of broader problems

This blog has spent an inordinate amount of time over the years focused on Texas' array of oyster-related criminal offenses, to the point that Politifact once did a fact check on my claims. They found them "Mostly True," with the "mostly" caveat being that one source put the numbers even higher than I'd said!Marc Levin, who recently left the Texas Public Policy Foundation to become general counsel at the new Council on Criminal Justice, first launched this meme as a way to critique overcriminal...
Tags: Twitter, Texas, Law, Legislature, Marc Levin, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Joe Fox, Gritsforbreakfast, Jonathan Simon, Hurricane Harvey, Council on Criminal Justice, Crime Texas


Spurious arguments against ATX budget cuts show backlash weaker than expected

Grits certainly expected a backlash, but somehow I didn't anticipate the reaction to Austin's police budget cuts and transfers to be so, well, stupid.As discussed the other day, the Austin City Council cut $21 million out of a $440 million budget, or less than 5%. They transferred several functions, including the crime lab and the Internal Affairs division, out of the department. And they created a process to evaluate nearly $50 million in additional police functions that may still be discontinu...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Gop, House, Dallas, Houston, City Council, Apd, Austin City Council, Internal Affairs, VOA, Public Works, DeVore, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast


Hero Grandma prevents Midland cops from shooting grandson, Austin to end driver-license holds on traffic tickets, Joe Biden is a jackass, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Midland Grandma a hero for putting herself between black grandson and over-zealous cops In Midland, bystander video caught police officers swarming a young black man with guns drawn after he allegedly rolled through a stop sign. They continued to point their guns and scream at him long after he'd laid down on the ground to give himself up, and from the video, it looked for all the world like he was about to be shot. The boy'...
Tags: Texas, Law, Joe Biden, Austin, Donald Trump, San Antonio, US supreme court, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Houston Chronicle, East Texas, Legislature, Midland, San Antonio Express News, Tyler, Texas Supreme Court


Lt. Governor Of Texas Gets Offended By An Anti-Police Shirt, Decides He Needs To Start Violating The First Amendment (techdirt)

Another challenger to the First Amendment has appeared. And his name is Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas. Apparently offended by a Senate hearing witness garbed in an anti-police t-shirt, the Lt. Governor welcomed all challengers via Twitter to sue him for violating people's free speech rights. Outraged to see this T-shirt at a Senate Hearing Thur. Future witnesses beware. No one will ever be allowed to wear such a vulgar shirt in a Senate hearing again-especially one that denigrate...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Senate, Austin, United States, Patrick, Legislative, Texas Senate, Tim Cushing, Dan Patrick, DeVore, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Chuck DeVore


What the jury didn't hear, against SWAT raids for routine search warrants, bail explainers, courthouse architecture, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Margaret Moore, Rosa Jimenez, and what the jury didn't hear Weird comments from Travis County DA Margaret Moore on the Rosa Jimenez case in The Appeal: “There is an ultimate fact question that was resolved by the 12 men and women who actually saw all the evidence and heard opinion testimony,” Moore told The Appeal. “Everything after that is opinion by people who were not in that courtroom.” But here's the thing: The reason four ju...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, France, Austin, Sex Crimes, Michigan, Houston, Department Of Justice, City Council, Dallas Morning News, Rosa, Moore, Harris County, Jimenez, Texas Tribune


Trump Super Bowl ad bolsters red-state #cjreform prospects

It's a sign of changing times that two Super Bowl ads ran yesterday (worth >$5 million each) related to criminal-justice reform. One was from the NFL (on police shootings), which I suppose could be considered a house ad. But the more surprising one by far was a new commercial from President Donald Trump's re-election campaign touting his clemency for Alice Free and passage of the First Step Act, which among other things shortened sentences for thousands of presently incarcerated federal prisoner...
Tags: Texas, Law, NFL, Democrats, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ava Duvernay, Trump, Central Park Five, Texas Legislature, Marc Levin, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas House Corrections Committee, Jerry Madden


Crime and punishment roundup

Three episodes of the Cato Daily Podcast, all with Caleb Brown: “A Survey of State-Level Criminal Justice Reform” with Robert Alt of the Buckeye Institute; “Reforming Parole and Probation” with Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation; “Getting Honest on Bail Reform” with Josh Crawford of the Pegasus Institute; In news of unconstitutional legislation, the lawmakers of Monroe County, N.Y. (Rochester) want to make it illegal to “annoy” a police officer [James Brown, WXXI, Eugene Volokh] ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Rochester, Louisiana, Andrew Cuomo, Probation, Trump, Crime And Punishment, Monroe County, Ramos, CALEB BROWN, Stan Smith, Jacob Sullum, Marc Levin


California Can’t Keep the Lights On

California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation — it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life.More than 2 million people are going without power in Northern and Central California, in the latest and biggest of the intentional blackouts that are, astonishingly, California’s best answer to the risk of runaway wildfires.Power — and all the goods it makes possible — is synonymous with mode...
Tags: News, California, United States, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Central California, Newsom, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Western Governors ' Association, Chuck DeVore


Questions About My Political Activism | Imam Omar Suleiman

Bismillah Al Rahman Al Raheem, I thank Allah for the blessing of in person interactions. The simple joy of meeting your brother and sister in the Masjid with a smile and salaam that removes the shaytan from our hearts. The ability to ask questions clearly and immediately bury hatchets (which some forgo for destructive emails and WhatsApp threads even with their neighbors). I’m blessed to live in the incredible Valley Ranch Islamic Center community where I serve as Resident Scholar in a volunt...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Featured, Activism, Op-ed, Congress, Senate, White House, China, Religion, America, Current Affairs, Ted Cruz, Gaza, Islam, New Orleans


Parole policies the key to substantial prisoner reductions in Texas

The goal of cutting prison populations by 50 percent has been poo pooed by some as a pipe dream, but for Texas it seems conceivable.As Grits has previously pointed out, the overall footprint of Texas' criminal justice system has declined significantly in recent years, with the proportion of people in prison, jail, on probation and on parole declining by a whopping 46 percent. In 2008, one in 22 Texas adults were in prison, jail, on probation or on parole; by 2018, that had declined to one in 41....
Tags: Texas, Law, Legislature, Marc Levin, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ


Policing policy, forensic follies, the high cost of treating Hep C in prison, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Lawsuit seeking Hep C treatment could come with BIG pricetag More than 18,000 Texas prison inmates have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C - almost certainly an undercount since TDCJ does not do comprehensive testing - but only a tiny handful receive treatment. The Houston Chronicle reported on a new federal lawsuit demanding they receive treatment, which could cost up to $63,000 per person. See prior Grits coverage and video of test...
Tags: Texas, Law, Congress, Oregon, Scotland, Police, US, Austin, Dallas, Oklahoma, St Louis, FSC, EMS, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, HARRIS


Podcast: Texas bail reform litigation, demagoguery on crime in Houston, and Grits' contribution to new TDCJ Hep C litigation

Here's the September 2019 episode of Just Liberty's Reasonably Suspicious podcast, co-hosted by Scott Henson and Amanda Marzullo. Special thanks to Scott Medlock, who's suing TDCJ over failure to adequately treat Hepatitis C. I didn't realize until he told me the idea from the suit originated from a Grits for Breakfast blog post several years ago! That's exciting. Here's this month's episode:In this episode: Top Stories Harris and Galveston County bail litigation - 1:40HPD Chief Art Acevedo ...
Tags: Podcast, Texas, Mississippi, Law, Unions, Police, Boston, US, America, General Motors, CIO, Austin, House, Dallas, Louisiana, Houston


Garcetti’s Green New Deal will make L.A. less affordable and backfire on pollution goals

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Green New Deal — an update to the “Sustainable City pLAn” released in April — sets out three broad goal categories: increase the quality of life; reduce pollution that harms people; and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. L.A.’s quality of life challenges are nothing new to any person familiar with the nation’s second-largest city. Among his extensive list of goals, the mayor proposes a few modest objectives, such as build and repair 200 water fountains (called “hy...
Tags: Asia, Texas, California, Opinion, China, India, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Beijing, Soccer, Long Beach, West Coast, Orange County, Pacific, Eric Garcetti


Interior Inspector General Opens Probe Of Half-Dozen Trump Political Appointees

The Interior Department’s inspector general’s office has opened an investigation into whether several senior political appointees improperly met with their former employers and clients, CNN first reported Tuesday. In a letter to the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), the watchdog group that submitted a complaint calling for an investigation on Feb. 20, Interior Department Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall confirmed that “a related investigation has been opened.” CLC published a copy of the conf...
Tags: Post, News, Washington Post, Washington, Cnn, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Interior, CLC, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Mary Kendall, David Bernhardt, Matt Shuham, Zach Gibson Getty, Vincent DeVito


A tale of two approaches to Texas property-theft thresholds

A pair of bills heard in two Texas House committees this week demonstrate opposing philosophies when it comes to incarcerating people for low-end property theft.At Monday's Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing, state Rep. Gene Wu, a Houston Democrat, proposed HB 760 making theft of packages delivered to someone's front porch an automatic state-jail felony, even if the value of the stolen items were just a few dollars. Wu said this was justified because going onto someone's porch ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Houston, Don, Plano, Wu, Shaheen, Texas House, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Matt Shaheen, Konni Burton, Andrew Murr, Gene Wu, Sen Konni Burton


"All Talk and No Action: Arizona’s Mandatory Drug Sentencing"

The title of this post post is the title of authored by Greg Glod of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Right on Crime initiative. The piece includes research, insights and lessons that extend well beyond Arizona, and here is the introduction and part of the conclusion: Drug use affects millions of people, with more than 23 million people over the age of 12 in the U.S. addicted to drugs or alcohol.  Arizona has some of the strictest drug laws in the country, including mandatory prison sente...
Tags: Law, Arizona, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Douglas A Berman, Greg Glod


After rejection of contentious proposed amendments, FIRST STEP Act passed by Senate by vote of 87 to 12!!!!

In this post back in August I wondered "Could enhanced FIRST STEP Act get more than 90 votes in the Senate if even brought up for a vote?".  Well, it seems I was off by three votes, as tonight the the US Senate voted 87 to 12 to enact the FIRST STEP Act.  With a vote in the House scheduled for later this week, this bill should be on Prez Trump's  desk before the end of this week and law before Prez Trump heads down to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays.  This USA Today article, headlined "Senate passes...
Tags: Utah, New York, Law, Congress, Senate, America, Barack Obama, Arkansas, House, Ted Cruz, Aclu, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, Louisiana, Usa Today, Naacp


Panel Advances Trump Energy Pick Who Said Renewable Energy ‘Screws Up’ Grid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernard McNamee’s nomination to a top federal energy board cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday even as a video showed him declaring that renewable energy “screws up” the nation’s electrical grid. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-10 to approve McNamee’s nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and send it to the full Senate. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat joining Republicans in approving the nomination. McNamee is...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, West Virginia, Ap, Alaska, Committee, Trump, Lisa Murkowski, Murkowski, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, McNamee, Joe Manchin, Energy Department, Sen Maria Cantwell, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee


Did California save Ted Cruz?

Chuck DeVore is just one of thousands of former Californians who have moved to Texas. But DeVore is unique. Not only did he serve in the California Assembly, but he remains heavily engaged in policy issues as Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Austin. DeVore is a frequent guest on national television shows to speak on economic issues, including how progressive policies suppress economic growth. Moreover, he has firsthan...
Tags: Florida, Texas, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Arizona, Nevada, Jerry Brown, George W Bush, Cruz, Gore, Assembly, Golden State


Texas #debtorsprison legislation overachieving, even boosted revenue

Texas "debtors prison" legislation last year drew plenty of critics among municipal judges and county officials focused on revenue maximization. Now we know that those criticisms were misplaced and the new law is working even better than anticipated.At the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Thursday, Office of Court Administration Director David Slayton testified for the first time on the results of "debtors prison" legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017. (You can watch his t...
Tags: Texas, Law, House, Slayton, Texas Legislature, Brennan Center, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, David Slayton, Terry Canales, Andrew Murr, Criminal Jurisprudence Committee


Going soft on crustacean crime?, or, Counting crimes: Texans can commit either 3, 7, 11, 13, or 16 different felonies with an oyster

A scene from the greatest oyster-related crime in history. How many felony offenses are there in Texas? How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?Ultimately, nobody knows, but every once in a while somebody takes a shot at an estimate.The latest such official guess on the number of Texas felonies comes from the Texas Legislative Council, best known for being the official drafters of bill language during Texas legislative sessions. They've produced their first report in five years to ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Legislature, Marc Levin, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, Board of Pardons and Paroles, Texas Legislative Council, Parks and Wildlife Department


Too full rural jails; missing interrogation recording can't be used as 'sword' against defendant; and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends of which Grits readers should be aware: Youthful offenders get new home, program at TDCJ The federal Prison Rape Elimination Act created special requirements for housing youth under 18 away from older inmates. After a sexual incident at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Youthful Offender Program that forced its from-scratch overhaul, the firing of the warden and most staff, and moving the program to an entirely different unit, it becomes more obvious why. La...
Tags: Texas, Law, Scott Walker, Abbott, State, Appellant, CCA, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, Dallas News, Toby Shook, Lauren McGaughy, Camille Cain


Levin: Rural counties need to get on justice-reform train

The Texas Public Policy Foundation's newsletter arrived in my Inbox this morning and their top story related to over-incarceration in rural counties, focusing on pretrial detention: What to Know: Criminal justice reforms are decreasing jail populations and recidivism rates. “The American criminal justice system’s gradual realization that too many people are in jail needlessly just got a large, visible boost from the city of Philadelphia,” the Washington Post reports. “The city announced last wee...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York Times, Philadelphia, Bail, The Washington Post, Association, Levin, Texas Legislature, Marc Levin, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, Pretrial Detention, Ideology, TDCJ, Risk Assessment


An undocumented necropolis at the (former) Central Unit, TX Supreme Court Chief Justice inspired by the Ferguson report, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits' readers attention: Galveston sued over bail schedule ACLU has sued Galveston County over its bail schedule, adding that county to Harris and Dallas as bail litigation sites. If your county still operates under a bail schedule, they'll soon have to change. Better to do it now before you're successfully sued. Ask the judges in Harris County. Central Unit property an undocumented necropolis Here's a postscript to the closure of TDCJ's Central Unit in ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Aclu, Ferguson, Dallas, Ferguson Missouri, Houston, City Council, San Antonio, Houston Chronicle, HARRIS, Lone Star State, TX, Levin, Reyes


Notable White House personnel development that should help the cause of criminal justice reform

This recent press article about a new person joining the White House staff should hearten those hoping to see some form of federal criminal justice reform become a reality.  Here are the details: Brooke Rollins is headed to Washington to join a new White House office run by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.  Rollins, 45, is a former aide to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and a member of Trump’s economic advisory committee.  Since 2002, she’s run the influential think tank Texas Public ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington, White House, America, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Trump, Rollins, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Kushner, Douglas A Berman, Brooke Rollins, Office of American Innovation, Jared Kushner Rollins, Austin Rollins


Senior Kushner Aide Leaving WH For Family's Real Estate Company

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior aide to Jared Kushner is leaving the White House to return to his family’s real estate company.Reed Cordish is a central figure in the Kushner-led Office of American Innovation. Cordish will be replaced by Brooke Rollins, a former aide to Texas ex-Gov. Rick Perry who heads the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Prison Reform. Read More → [Author: Associated Press]
Tags: Texas, News, Washington, White House, Ap, Rick Perry, Associated Press, Real Estate Company, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Kushner, Jared Kushner, Brooke Rollins, Reed Cordish, Office of American Innovation Cordish