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No More No-Knock Raids, Death Sentence Decision For Texas Inmate Reversed, And Pros & Cons Of Houston’s Bid For DNC Convention

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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No More No-Knock Search Warrants In Houston

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has announced he will end the practice of no-knock search warrants in most cases. The decision comes on the heels of a recent deadly drug raid that left two people dead and five officers wounded.

Acevedo made the announcement during a town hall meeting organized by the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice on Monday evening. He said any exception to the rule would need a special exemption from his office, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Acevedo has also announced he will establish a new policy to make sure that officers participating in raids wear body cameras. The officers who participated in the deadly drug raid at 7815 Harding didn't wear cameras.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP
Bobby James Moore.

Death Sentence Decision For Texas Inmate Reversed

The U.S. Supreme Court has for the second time struck down the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals' way of determining if a death row inmate is intellectually disabled and eligible for execution.

The high court made that determination Tuesday in the case of Bobby James Moore, who the court decided is intellectually disabled. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that those with intellectual disabilities can't be executed, and after reviewing Moore's case in 2016, tossed out the way the Texas court determines the disability in 2017.

Now, the high court has stepped in again, and this time, the majority of justices made clear that Moore has shown he is disabled and therefore ineligible for execution.

Moore, 59, was sentenced to death more than 38 years ago after he fatally shot a 73-year-old clerk during a Houston robbery in 1980.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP/File
Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Pros And Cons Of Houston’s Bid For DNC 2020 Convention

Leaders in Houston, Miami and Milwaukee are in a last-minute scramble to win the 2020 Democratic National Convention, an event that could funnel millions of dollars into the local economy and put them at the center of the political world for one week next summer.

Houston has few logistical concerns given its big-event capability put on display as recently as the Super Bowl in 2017. But the Bayou City must prove it can collect the private financing to put on the convention.

The primary reason for the potential shortfall: Democratic officials asked the bid committee to come up with the money without tapping the oil and gas industry, which has has become anathema to the Democratic base as climate change becomes a high-profile issue.

Texas doesn't have any high-profile statewide Democrats, but the party flipped three suburban House districts and a slate of legislative seats and dominated local races in the state's most populous counties.

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