HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – 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.
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, including aggravated robbery.READ MORE: Anna Police Investigating Crash That Killed 22-Year-Old Man
The Houston Chronicle reports the longtime Republican jurist rescheduled the cases for the first week in January, after the Democrat who beat him — Natalia Oakes — in Tuesday’s election takes the bench.
It’s unclear how many juveniles were released, but officials said there were at least seven.READ MORE: Texas Joins Oklahoma's Effort To Overturn McGirt
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 to the newspaper.MORE NEWS: 2 Killed, 5 Injured After Drag Racer Slams Into Spectators An Texas Airport
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