Temporary restraining order issued against Governor Abbott’s executive order limiting jail releases

There is a lawsuit that challenges Abbott's constitutional authority

HOUSTON, Texas – A judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order, GA-13. The lawsuit challenges Abbott’s constitutional authority for issuing an executive order that suspends, among others, the rights of certain pretrial detainees to be released on personal bond and removes the discretion of judges granted to them by the constitution and the laws of Texas.

Andre Segura, legal director for the ACLU of Texas, who presented oral argument said:

“We are pleased that the Court recognized the urgency of this matter and the need to press pause while it is heard in full. The Governor has an important role to play in responding to this pandemic, but he cannot impede the ability of judges to use their discretion to release particular individuals, especially when lives are at risk.”

The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU of Texas, Texas Fair Defense Project, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The ruling is available at: https://www.aclutx.org/sites/default/files/4.10.20_temporary_restraining_order_-_tcdla_v._abbott_gn-20-2034.pdf

More information is at: https://www.aclutx.org/en/press-releases/gov-abbott-unlawfully-exceeded-authority-executive-order-limiting-jail-releases