A Texas judge reportedly released almost all of his juvenile defendants after losing his re-election on Tuesday, but not before asking if they planned to kill anyone.
Harris County almost doubled the number of youths sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department during Devlin's tenure, but Halpert told the Chronicle he'd seen only one defendant kept in custody Wednesday. At least four of the minors faced serious charges.
"We call on the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct to investigate Judge Devlin for violating the canons of judicial conduct".
"Apparently he was saying that's what the voters wanted", Halpert said.
What exactly happened inside the 313th Harris County Juvenile courtroom the day after Judge Glenn Devlin and 58 other Republican judges lost in the election?
"We oppose the wholesale release of violent offenders of any age; this could endanger the public", Ogg said in a statement sent to HuffPost.
Devlin did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.
Prosecutors in court voiced their concerns about their seemingly indiscriminate release, with some those facing charges having been accused of violent crimes such as aggravated burglary. The county's three juvenile court judges who were on the ballot on Tuesday all lost by ten or more points.
Juveniles in Texas who are waiting in local detention centers before their cases are resolved are entitled to detention hearings every 10 working days to decide whether they can remain behind bars or be safely released under supervision, according to the Chronicle.
The Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has condemned the jurist's actions.
Judge Devlin was not at work on Thursday.
Witnesses said that before releasing the defendants he asked them if they planned to kill anybody.
"But nobody has seen this before", he added.
"I'm not sure that I can wrap my [mind] around what he's actually doing", Alex Bunin, Harris County's chief public defender said.
Devlin reset every case from Wednesday until January 4, when his successor Natalia Oakes takes over.