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Texas Parole Officials Can Be Held Liable Over Sex Offender Restrictions

  A federal judge in Austin, Texas has ordered that state parole officials can be held personally liable by inmates suing over restrictive sex-offender conditions required of them, even though they were never convicted of a sex crime. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued the order.  Yeakel blasted the state's persistent refusal to provide due process hearings before imposing the sex-offender restrictions on an offender who was never convicted of a sex crime. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice have argued that more »

Great (and Important) Decision by Texas Court of Criminal appeals

The full article can be read at . The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, known for its ultra-conservative and ultra-ULTRA pro prosecution stance has surprised many criminal defense attorneys by rendering an excellent well reasoned opinion in a case involving a parolee who, after 15 months of exemplary conduct on parole, had sex offender conditions added to his requirement based on the whim of a parole officer despite the fact that he had not been convicted of a sex crime. The parolee soon lost his job due to not more »