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 — Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett has filed a formal inquiry to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, seeking answers regarding the federal agency’s response to Hurricane Harvey. Specifically, the decision not to evacuate Beaumont-area prisons left prisoners in conditions that included inadequate and unsanitary sewage treatment, intermittent power shortages, and lack of access to food, water and medical care.