The Houston Chronicle reported that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office (which serves Houston, Texas) is considering a policy of asking criminal defendants for their immigration status before agreeing to a plea agreement. Give the correct answer and your case might end without going to trial. Give the wrong answer and you get scheduled for trial–no matter whether it even merits a trial. On a purely practical level, how is it a good idea to clog already overburdened courts with trials that often don’t need to exist.
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