State officials vs local pols on bail and policing, reinvigorating community service, why that weird brass-knuckles bill was really a thing, and other stories

Let’s clear a few browser tabs with a roundup of stories that merit Grits readers’ attention: Texas AG insults federal judge’s intelligence Somewhat predictably, I suppose, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton weighed in against Harris County’s proposed bail settlement, siding against the commissioners court and local judges who agreed to the compromise. Paxton’s brief rehashes Houston Chief Art Acevedo’s red herring arguments about the Brandon Bell case, engaging in the Willie-Horton-type tactics Judge Rosenthal already rejected from the bail bondsmen and the DA’s office. And his brief states flat-out untrue things as facts, like claiming that people engaged in […]

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