Get Out of Jail Free

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Fellow defenders,

Jon Katz over at Underdog Blog writes about a Georgia juvenile PD being jailed for contempt for arguing "contumaciously" with the judge.

Did you know that when a Texas judge holds you in contempt for something you did in the course of defending someone, you have an absolute right to release on your own recognizance and a hearing before a different judge? Texas Government Code Section 21.002(d) requires it.

Here is a throwdown motion I've written to carry around in my briefcase for whenever one of my colleagues is held in contempt. You're welcome to it, of course.

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