Trevor Paulhus for The Texas Tribune and Texas Monthly

How judicial conflicts of interest are denying poor Texans their right to an effective lawyer

For decades, Texans who can’t afford a lawyer have gotten caught in a criminal justice system that’s crippled by inadequate funding and overloaded attorneys. A growing body of caseload data — and a recent lawsuit — point to an even more fundamental hazard: the unchecked power of Texas judges.

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Asylum seekers from Central and South America wait on the Mexican side of the Brownsville/Gateway Bridge.
 Reynaldo Leal for The Texas Tribune

Federal judge in California halts Trump’s latest asylum ban

The judge said that Congress' laws should not be overridden by "executive fiat." But the decision came hours after another federal judge declined to halt the policy, setting up a potential race to appellate courts over the matter.

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