Criminal Justice

The bail bond industry hopes a recent court ruling kills Harris County’s reforms. Supporters don’t see that happening

Posted on · The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that district court judges have sovereign immunity from the sort of suits that led to the consent decree that ended the O’Donnell v. Harris County lawsuit.

Health & Science

Texans looking for COVID tests after the holidays find long lines, delayed results

Posted on · Across the state, people are waiting hours in line to get tested and seeing delayed results as cities and counties deal with a testing shortage.

Politics

The new Harris County precinct map sets up a four-way Democratic primary to challenge Commissioner Jack Cagle

Posted on · Former civil court judge Lesley Briones, former state representative Gina Calanni, former county elections official Ben Chou, and Alief ISD board president Ann Williams are vying for the chance to run against the longtime Republican incumbent.

Immigration

Gonzalez’s nomination for ICE director, in limbo for months, could soon go back to square one

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez was nominated in April and approved by a Senate committee in August. The Senate has until the end of December to hold a floor vote before the entire process has to start over.