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June 25, 2013

Houston criminal courts backlogged as area grows

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HOUSTON —

But defense lawyers said the number of pending cases shouldn't affect the way a judge handles a criminal case.

"Who cares about the size of the docket?" said Todd Dupont, president of Houston's criminal defense lawyer organization. "Conversations about dockets are meaningless unless you use it as a tool of oppression, and that's just mean, and probably illegal."

Andy Kahan, a victims' advocate for the city of Houston, said victims bear the brunt of the burden when a case is delayed.

"The long wait for some of them to go to trial quite frankly is emotionally exhausting," Kahan said.

 

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