Judge: No probation for defendants accused of attacking, fleeing cops.
Judge Kerry Neves, of the 10th State District Court in Galveston, posted the following on his Facebook page, late Monday: "I have just signed an Order which goes into effect immediately in this Court. No plea bargain agreements for deferred adjudication or probation involving Assault on a Public Servant, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest or any other offense in which a member of Law Enforcement is threatened or placed in danger will be approved. "
In an article in the Galveston County Daily News, Susan Criss provided the following comments about the "order."
"Susan Criss, judge of the 212th State District Court from 1999 to 2013, said police officers should not be able to determine what happens in court. "If you want to support law enforcement, that's wonderful, but you can't just decide they're all correct in whatever they say," she said. Criss said that putting out an order that could be construed as favoritism toward officers could leave Judge Neves vulnerable to being removed from cases involving victims in law enforcement. "A judge also has to have the appearance of impartiality," Criss said. "These are very trying times, but you have to be able to decide each case on its own merits."
A copy of the article by Scott E. Williams can be found below or on the Galveston County Daily News website