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Michael Barajas
staff writer covering civil rights , barajas@texasobserver.org
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Michael Barajas Sep 21
Fifth Circuit condones the blue wall of silence so long as the suppression occurs pretrial
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Gus Bova Sep 21
Resharing all-time fave today
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Naveena Sadasivam Sep 21
Almost 30 minutes into the debate and still no mention of climate change. Ya know, the global phenomenon that threatens humanity.
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Michael Barajas Sep 21
Here's the Harris Co shooting Ted Cruz just referenced. GOP officials have been trying to blame Deputy Goforth's death on since day one
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David Menschel Sep 21
A judge struck down the bail policies in Dallas, the ninth largest city in America, this week, because the policies fail to take into account ability to pay.
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Forrest Wilder Sep 21
Lots of bad news these days, but right now -- in Texas -- some major civil rights gains are being made in the courts around the abolition of cash bail. Dallas County is the latest front.
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Michael Barajas Sep 21
...that time Texas' top lawyer kinda sorta maybe swiped a $1,000 pen
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Michael Barajas Sep 21
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
Before the bail lawsuit, Dallas Co didn’t even ask about arrestees’ ability to pay before churning them through secret, cattle-call bail hearings where magistrates barely let them talk You can read the ruling here
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Michael Barajas Sep 21
Last night, a fed judge ruled that Dallas Co's heavy reliance on cash bail discriminates against poor people and violates their equal protection rights The lawsuit is one of several by civil rights groups seeking to end "wealth-based detention"
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Michael Barajas Sep 21
The rash of violent crimes by a border agent is nothing new to the “green monster.” recounts how the nation’s largest law enforcement agency has long been a hotbed of violence and corruption
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Michael Barajas Sep 21
“I always told him, ‘Why do you have to be so dressy?’” Ms. Jean recalled in an interview. “He said ‘Mom, I don’t want to be stopped. I don’t want for them to think I’m somebody I’m not.’”
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Michael Barajas Sep 20
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
Giving the Dallas Co bail ruling a closer read and digesting. Just like the Harris Co ruling before it, Judge Godbey (a GW Bush appointee) is blunt in his critique of the cash-bail status quo. Some bg on the Harris Co case here
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St. John Barned-Smith ⚔️ Sep 20
Excellent reporting from on problems with civil commitment in TX, continuing years after exposed massive issues with the system
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Michael Barajas Sep 20
BREAKING: Fed judge declares Dallas County's bail practices "constitutionally deficient" Opinion here Injunction order here
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Keri Blakinger Sep 20
In Texas prisons, if you don't have teeth they don't give you dentures. Instead, they blend up your food. I spent the past year talking to inmates and looking into TX denture & dental policies. Some of it's kind of shocking. Give it a read.
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Michael Barajas Sep 20
Why Did This Agency Stop Tracking the Juvenile Justice Race Gap? via
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Michael Barajas Sep 20
Woman files discrimination complaint against SA plasma center, says they've disqualified her from donating bc she's trans
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Michael Barajas Sep 20
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
After Botham Jean's death, I've seen lots of commentary re: cops getting the kid-gloves treatment after a shooting. Lyndo's case shows the treatment victims can face: he was shot, shackled to a hospital bed then barred him from seeing family or attnys
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Michael Barajas Sep 20
ICYMI, the Dallas-area cop who shot Lyndo Jones (who was suspected of breaking into *his*own*car*) is on trial wk. Video shows Lyndo complying before officer stomps on his neck. Officer then shoots when Lyndo tries to stumble away Some bg here
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Pamela Colloff Sep 19
I’m late to this, but: I’m going to reread this before tough interviews, for inspiration. A master class in how to extract the truth from someone by asking just the right questions, pushing back on bullshit answers, and then giving the person the space to reveal him/herself. 🏆🥊
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