Austin, Texas — This week marks the beginning of the early voting period for the primary election in Texas, where candidates are on the ballot for local and statewide offices. The Election Protection Coalition will also be available to support voters on Election Day on March 6th.
Along with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), TCRP filed a lawsuit to strike down an order adopted in January 2018 by Starr County, Texas banning political advocacy on county-owned property.
Dallas, Texas — Yesterday, lawyers with Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) and Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP) submitted a judicial complaint to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against White Settlement municipal Judge Gary Ritchie for violations of state and federal law as well as the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.
I observed Judge Ritchie deny a defendant’s request for community service without inquiring into his ability to pay and told the defendant that the fines were not going away. Judge Ritchie gave the defendant 90 days to pay the fines.
Our justice system is only fair if everyone is treated justly and equitably in court. Judge Gary Ritchie, who administers the municipal court in the City of White Settlement, broke that basic promise of fairness. These are violations of state and federal laws and the City Council for White Settlement, Texas must hold him accountable.
Dallas, Texas — Tonight, the White Settlement City Council will discuss civil rights violations by Judge Gary Ritchie in the municipal court, two weeks after blowing through a deadline to meet with the Texas Civil Rights Project (‘TCRP”) and the Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP”) about the violations observed by attorneys with the organizations.
Austin, Texas — In violation of the federal National Voter Registration Act (“NVRA”), over 74,000 people with disabilities in Texas are not being offered voter registration services annually, according to a letter sent today to the Texas Workforce Commision (“TWC”) by the Texas Civil Rights Project (“TCRP”), Disability Rights Texas (“DRTX”), and Norton Rose Fulbright on behalf of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (“CTD”).
Alamo, TX — Texas is home to both the second-highest number of noncitizen individuals and the second-highest number of veterans in the nation. Our state is also home to a high number of noncitizen veterans who have face or will face removal from the country they risked their lives serving, according to a new analysis released today by the Texas Civil Rights Project.