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Michael Barajas
staff writer covering civil rights , barajas@texasobserver.org
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Michael Barajas Nov 10
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Michael Barajas Nov 9
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Grits4Breakfast Nov 9
When took over 's role as the main TX reporter covering , it was like someone turned on the lights in a dark room. All of a sudden, important story after important story began to come out. Making up quotes wasn't Mike's only sin.
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Michael Barajas Nov 9
The Midterms Trigger a Seismic Shift in Harris County’s Courts
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Michael Barajas Nov 9
“...digital prisons are to mass incarceration what Jim Crow was to slavery”
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Matt Schwartz Nov 7
I will remember you
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Michael Barajas Nov 7
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
Jones also wrote the recent majority opinion blocking lawsuits against Border Patrol agents who shoot/kill people across the border. Allowing such cases, she wrote, might make border police “hesitate in making split second decisions”
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Michael Barajas Nov 7
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
There’s also that time Jones told another judge to “shut up” from the bench lol
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Michael Barajas Nov 7
Replying to @Nate_Blakeslee
In 2006, called her one of the “worst judges in Texas” for her callous treatment of criminal appeals involving everything from lawyers who slept through trial to intellectually disabled death row inmates
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Michael Barajas Nov 7
Replying to @michaelsbarajas
In 2013, civil rights groups complained that Jones’ public comments on the death penalty were so racially charged that they rose to the level of judicial misconduct, leading to an incredibly rare ethics investigation that ultimately went nowhere
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Michael Barajas Nov 7
I missed this initially, but a couple days ago CNN put 5th Circuit judge Edith Jones on the list of ppl who could possibly replace Sessions. Which would be...interesting.
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Michael Barajas Nov 7
Quite a tantrum in Harris Co: After losing his bench in a Dem sweep the night before, a Harris Co juvi court judge released nearly all the young defendants that appeared in his court this am, simply asking whether they planned to kill anyone before letting them go
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Forrest Milburn Nov 7
All across the ballot in Texas, there were tons of gains for women of color. For example: and are the first Latinas elected to Congress. In Harris Co, the 19 black women running for judicial seats won — every single one. ---->
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Forrest Wilder Nov 6
In March, looked at what it would taken for TX Democrats to pick up additional seats in Congress, given the extreme gerrymandering here. Brennan predicted the popular vote would have to be ~51% statewide for Ds to pick up two seats. 1/2
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Michael Barajas Nov 6
Say adiós to Matt Rinaldi, the Texas lawmaker who called ICE on Latino protesters
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Michael Barajas Nov 6
Ken Paxton pulling ahead as more returns come in, spread has now widened 52/46. Looks like Texans are indeed willing to re-elect a 3x felony indicted attorney general who's still awaiting trial...
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chris hooks Nov 6
i refused to really believe that o'rourke could win outright and as a result I'm pleased and pleasantly surprised by the results. excessive bitterness wins again
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Michael Barajas Nov 6
Fifteen Republican misdemeanor court judges are currently down by a margin of about 10 in Harris County — a good sign for bail reformers who want sympathetic judges in those seats
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Gus Bova Nov 6
Republicans pulling away in the Texas statewides, including Senate. Some networks calling it for Cruz. Patrick, Paxton, Miller looking safer and safer.
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Michael Barajas Nov 6
Texas Dems could pick up two state senate seats in the Metroplex. They'd still need a third to break Dan Patrick's supermajority in the chamber. If they manage to pull it off, that changes the dynamic of the next session
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