Judge Glenn Devlin lost his reelection bid Tuesday. On Thursday, he released seven juvenile defendants after asking each if they planned to kill anyone.
When they each said no, he released them.
The Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has condemned the jurist’s actions.
She told the BBC in an emailed statement: “We oppose the wholesale release of violent offenders at any age; this could endanger the public.”
“If the juvenile said ‘no,’ they were released,” Mr Halpert said. “Judge Devlin would never normally ask that question of a juvenile. This was unusual.”
It’s ironic that Judge Devlin was on the juvenile court. His actions were clearly the juvenile response to an election loss.
Bitterness can lead people to do stupid things, but when those stupid things have the potential to cause harm to others, one might expect a judge to be more of an adult. Apparently, Devlin is not.
Judge Devlin dismissed allegedly violent defendants over bitterness from an election loss. He does a disservice to his profession, his community, and his reputation by being so petty.