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Judge Loses Election, Releases Young Defendants

At least seven were released after being asked if they were going to kill anyone
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2018 7:15 PM CST
Judge Loses Election, Releases Young Defendants
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(Newser) – A day after losing his re-election bid, a Texas judge released nearly all of the juvenile defendants who appeared before him after asking them whether they intended to kill anyone, the AP reports. Harris County prosecutors expressed concerns after Judge Glenn Devlin made the decision Wednesday in Houston. The juveniles face charges ranging from misdemeanors to violent crimes.

The Houston Chronicle reports the longtime Republican jurist rescheduled the cases for the first week in January, after the Democrat who beat him during Tuesday's election takes the bench. It's unclear how many juveniles were released, but officials said there were at least seven. District Attorney Kim Ogg released a statement saying prosecutors opposed "the wholesale release of violent offenders at any age." Ogg said the move "could endanger the public." Devlin declined comment.

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