On Monday, state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, joined Texas NAACP President Gary Bledsoe, Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder, and members of the campus community to denounce UT's decision to keep the tune as its alma mater after last month's Eyes of Texas History Committee report on the song's origins. Read more here.
Cash bond, the dominant bail system in Texas, allows an individual to secure release by merely posting the full cash amount with the court clerk or by paying a fee to a bondsman, who acts as a surety on the bail amount and guarantees the person's appearance in court.
In Texas, a wealthy, high-risk individual charged with a violent offense can almost immediately post a high dollar cash bail, while a poor, low-risk person accused of a non- violent crime can spend years in pre-trial detention waiting for their case to be heard. It is intellectually dishonest to argue that such a system does not violate the accused's constitutional rights and the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Read more here.
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