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Hawaii- Lawmaker Who Introduced Bail Reform Bill Now Asking Governor To Veto It

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  The lawmaker who introduced a bill that would allow some non-violent defendants to be free without bail as they await trial is now asking the governor to veto it. State Rep. Scot Matayoshi says the bill was introduced to address unfairness within the bail system. None of the four police departments in Hawaii submitted testimony against the legislation. But as soon as it passed, there was quite a bit of opposition that wasn’t presented during the public hearing process. If approved by the governor, the bill would allow those who commit certain crimes such as shoplifting, property damage and theft to leave custody without bail. After hearing from opponents of House Bill 1567, Matayoshi now agrees the bill was too broad. “Maybe what we need to do is to come back with a bill that instead of creating exemptions creates or enumerates the exact crimes that this bill will apply to so we can avoid any of the ones that might endanger the public in the future,” he said. Lee Curran, of Faith Act

Houston Chronicle is on the Case- "Harris County D.A. and County Judge Exchange Words"

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  Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg exchanged heated words this week after Hidalgo publicly described Ogg's ongoing investigation of Hidalgo's staffers as a "political vendetta, a political exercise, under the guise of a criminal investigation." The judge’s remarks were made during a Tuesday press conference urging childcare providers to apply for unspent COVID-19 relief funds. The next morning, Hidalgo continued assailing Ogg's investigation in a tweet: "I expect this political exercise to continue through Election Day. She’ll have me indicted. Or name a 'special prosecutor' —an illusion of independence since those are still beholden to the DA. She did that before in a political prosecution that went nowhere. I’m not deterred." Ogg responded on Thursday to Hidalgo’s comments in a statement: "We will try this case, like every other criminal case, in a court of law before a jury of peers, and we will

Harris County D.A. to Lina Hidalgo- If You Have Evidence Swear to It Under Oath!

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  Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says ongoing attacks by County Judge Lina Hidalgo have to stop. Hidalgo this week increased her attacks on Ogg, calling the indictment of three of Hidalgo's staffers in a public corruption case "political" and alleging Ogg will "have me indicted." Ogg responded Thursday saying the DA's office is committed to seeking justice by relying on evidence to bring cases before the grand jury, courts and jury trials. "The nearly daily public misstatements being made by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo about pending felony cases brought against three members of her staff now compel comment to the public by this office and by me, the top law enforcement official in Harris County. Failing to do so allows a top county official, in her official capacity, to continue to improperly influence those people of Harris County who will serve on the jury in this case. This harms everyone, including the accused, and must stop," Ogg

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo- The D.A. Is Out to Get Me!

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  Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Tuesday accused District Attorney Kim Ogg of pursuing a political vendetta to try to push her out of office. Three of Hidalgo’s staffers have been accused of communicating with a vendor, Elevate Strategies, to tailor an $11 million contract's scope of work in order to cater to the company's strengths. The DA's office has denied using the investigation for political purposes. Now, in her first one-on-one interview about the investigation into her staff, Hidalgo goes into detail about why she believes that investigation is political, answers whether she would step down from her role as county judge if her staff is convicted, and mulls what she expects will come next — including the possibility of her own indictment. You said on Tuesday that District Attorney Kim Ogg was playing politics with this criminal investigation regarding Elevate Strategies. Can you elaborate on that? I’m watching what’s happening and I think it’s very clear that s

California- San Diego Superior Court Ends Early Pandemic-Era Failed Zero Bail Policy

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  A policy that reduced certain misdemeanor offenses to zero bail throughout the San Diego County jail system, which was instituted to reduce the overall jail population during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be rescinded as of Sunday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Friday. The emergency bail modification enacted in early 2020 allowed those arrested for certain minor crimes such as drug possession or petty theft to avoid custody, while those already in jail for those offenses and with no other pending cases were released on their own recognizance. According to a sheriff's department statement, a "significant decrease" in the county jail system's COVID-19 cases played a large role in a San Diego Superior Court order rescinding the zero-bail policy. Starting Sunday, those charges that qualified for zero bail will have set bail amounts imposed again. Those amounts will be based on those outlined in the San Diego Superior Court Bail Schedule. The sheriff&#

Ohio- Bill Seeking Changes In Bail Rules Hits Snag In Ohio House

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  A controversial measure to rewrite the Ohio Constitution’s standards for setting bail was put on hold in the state House on Wednesday. Substitute House Joint Resolution 2 and matching House Bill 607 came up for votes by the full chamber, but on a motion by state Rep. Timothy Ginter, R-Columbiana County, both were “informally passed” — not receiving a vote, but kept on the legislature’s calendar for further work. That delays any potential vote with less than a month left in the legislative session. Both measures would still need committee and floor votes to be sent on for Senate consideration. The resolution and bill are sponsored by state Reps. Jeff LaRe, R-Violet Twp., and D.J. Swearingen, R-Huron. Both were introduced in March and hurried through four committee hearings, and they passed the House Criminal Justice Committee last week. The resolution seeks to place an initiative on the November 8 ballot that would write new requirements for setting bail into the Ohio Constitution. Th

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Says She Expects To Be Indicted In Ongoing Investigation

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  In a Wednesday morning tweet posted by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the 31-year-old made it clear that she expects to face criminal charges in an ongoing investigation involving the Texas Rangers and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The tweet said, in part, “she’ll have me indicted,” in reference to District Attorney Kim Ogg. It is the second day in a row that Hidalgo has publicly discussed the investigation into the nearly $11 million contract awarded to Elevate Strategies as a politically-motivated investigation by the DA’s Office. I expect this political exercise to continue through Election Day. She’ll have me indicted. Or name a “special prosecutor”—an illusion of independence since those are still beholden to the DA. She did that before in a political prosecution that went nowhere. I’m not deterred. https://t.co/M9tT1wC0Bn — Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) May 18, 2022 Last month, three of her senior staffers - Alex Triantaphyllis, Wallis Nader and Aaron Dunn -