David Coale Discusses Appeals Court Decision on Harris County Bail System in Houston Chronicle

David Coale Discusses Appeals Court Decision on Harris County Bail System in Houston Chronicle

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an attempt to throw out a judge’s ruling in litigation involving Harris County’s bail system. The decision by the three-judge panel is the latest development in the case involving a system that is accused of keeping poor people in jail for low-level misdemeanors because they can’t afford bail. Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst attorney David Coale says the recent decision may mean Harris County will face more obstacles as the appellate process continues. "It's not a guarantee that the county's going to lose, by any means, but it is a cautionary note for the county, that the court may perceive some legal flaws," Coale said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.
 
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