Texas Supreme Court Reverses Democratic Judge’s Order Shielding Democrats from Arrest

Written by Kyle Becker
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Texas justice was served again on Tuesday. The Texas Supreme Court overturned a decision by a lower court judge to issue the Texas legislators who fled the state restraining orders that would shield them from arrest upon their return.

“Responding to an emergency motion filed hours earlier, the Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked an Austin district judge’s order that prohibited the arrest of Democrats participating in the ongoing quorum break,” the Statesman reported.

“Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan, represented by Attorney General Ken Paxton, argued that state District Judge Brad Urrutia’s order improperly stopped them from exercising authority specifically granted by the Texas Constitution,” the report added.

“Compelling the attendance of its members is a prerogative given to the House by the Texas Constitution,” the petition said.

“The appeal asked the all-Republican Supreme Court to overturn the order by Urrutia, a Democrat, before 5 p.m. Tuesday, noting that the second special session is ongoing and the ‘House Democrats’ return to Texas is imminent’,” the Statesman added. “Abbott and Phelan also said Uruttia’s plan to hold an Aug. 20 hearing on the matter would come too late in a special session that can run no later than Sept. 5.”

“In response, the state’s highest civil court blocked enforcement of Urrutia’s order while justices weighed the legal issues,” the report noted. “The House Democrats were given until 4 p.m. to file a response.”

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The ruling from the state’s highest court comes one day after a Democrat judge in Travis County, Texas issued an order to protect the state’s representatives from being arrested upon re-entering the state.

“State District Judge Brad Urrutia, a Democrat, granted the temporary restraining order late Sunday night restricting Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan from ‘detaining, confining or otherwise restricting’ the free movement of House Democrats within the state or issuing any warrants ordering their confinement,” the Texas Tribune reported.

Texas Democrats in D.C. are now panicking as members of their superspreader crew are starting to crawl back with their tails between their legs. The Texas House is inching closer to quorum, and election integrity bills that would bring some semblance of normalcy to the state’s voting are closer to being passed.

Earlier, Texas Democrats filed a desperate lawsuit from a lawyer who is under a probationally suspended license. Twenty-two Democrats seek damages for causing them “anxiety, discomfort and distress, as well as “damaging their reputations.” If only such a suit could be brought against the Texas Democrats by the state’s residents for their failure to address the state’s urgent business.

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