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.
A Report on the Social, Economic, and Moral Cost of Deporting Veterans. When Efrain Peralta joined the military upon graduating from high school, he never would have thought that the country he loved and pledged to defend would one day deport him. Peralta had entered the service with hopes of having a full-length military career, and proudly served for five years before he left for his home in Texas to care for his ailing father.
Today, the Texas Election Protection Coalition announces its nonpartisan effort to protect the vote in Texas and ensure that all eligible voters can register and cast a ballot that counts. The Coalition, made up of groups from across the state also strongly encourages eligible Texans to register to vote and call the dedicated hotlines if they encounter any problems.