- Grits had missed this excellent story from WFAA on Curtis Garland's death in TDCJ because he couldn't get access to his asthma inhaler. Tragic. What a waste.
- Grits has never met the Texas Observer's Emily DePrang but I'm such an admirer of her reporting, I fear if I ever do I'll come off as some sort of fanboy. Check out Emily's latest on the failures of the Harris County indigent defense system. Nailed it, again. Great job. (Note: I feel the same way about Melissa del Bosque; those two gals have been kicking ass for the Observer these last few years.)
- Witness coercion and prosecutors withholding exculpatory evidence in a death penalty case - who is surprised? MORE: The CCA stayed the execution to review prosecutorial misconduct allegations.
- In Dallas, Sheriff Lupe Valdez will no longer honor immigration holds for low-level offenses, reported the Dallas News. "Some 300 counties and cities have officially restricted the extent that they work with ICE." Critics are labeling Dallas a "sanctuary city" based on the new policy, but Grits suspects that won't hinder Valdez's quest for a fourth term as Sheriff.
- Check out a 10-point program for reforming parole. Some good suggestions here.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Asthma death at TDCJ, Houston indigent defense fail, fixing parole, and other stories
Here are a handful of items which merit Grits readers attention even if I don't have time to blog on each individually:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 4:59 PM