The Most Important Case You've Never Head Of
September 30, 2020
What is happening?
- In 2018, the case, Daves v. Dallas County was filed and challenged the money bail practices in Dallas County.
- “The case was brought by six plaintiffs whom Dallas County automatically jailed under bail amounts they could not afford.” - ACLU
- The suit was jointly filed by the ACLU of Texas, the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, Civil Rights Corps, and the Texas Fair Defense Project.
- The state decided that Dallas County had violated the Constitution.
- Preliminary junction went into effect in January 2019.
- Dallas County fought this decision — and appealed it to the Fifth Circuit, which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
- The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's decision, but Dallas County asked them to hear the case again.
- They heard oral arguments on May 26th, 2021.
- Listen to the full recording here:
- There is no set deadline for when the court has to make its decision.
- Follow Alec Karakatsanis on Twitter (@equalityAlec) to stay up to date.
Why is this important?
Thread: In a little over a week, we will be arguing one of the most important court cases you've never heard of. The case will determine the future of the money bail systems in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. A few thoughts: (1)— Alec Karakatsanis (@equalityAlec) May 14, 2021
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