Hours after losing his bid for re-election, a Harris County, Texas judge released nearly all the youthful defendants who appeared in front of him, apparently saying it was what voters wanted.
All of the cases came before his court on Wednesday, the day after the mid-term elections, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Devlin, a longtime Republican jurist who has been a presiding judge in the 313th District Court since 2010, was one of dozens of Republicans who had their seats snatched by a Democrat in the state in Tuesday's midterm election.
Judge Glenn Devlin is seen in this undated photo.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg hit out at Devlin over the move, saying: 'We oppose the wholesale release of violent offenders at any age.
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Devlin has a reputation for sending children to detention, and together with another justice, is responsible for a full fifth of youngsters sitting behind bars awaiting trial.
"He was releasing everybody", public defender Steven Halpert told The Houston Chronicle.
Devlin did not respond to ABC News' request for comment. The newspaper found that the two judges accounted for more than a fifth of youths sent to juvenile prisons in Texas past year.
He has released kids facing serious charges before, but as long as they behaved in detention and will have sufficient supervision while free, Halpert said.
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"I would not have expected that from a professional", Oakes said.
Judge Glenn Devlin, apparently making a point about the Democratic judges who were elected Tuesday being soft on crime, released every juvenile who simply said they wouldn't murder someone upon their release.
ClassicStock via Getty Images Devlin reportedly reset all of his released defendants' cases for January 4, which is when his Democratic replacement, Natalia Oakes, takes over.
The ACLU of Houston is calling for an investigation by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, saying that mass release, without treating defendants as individuals, is not the goal, and alleging that he failed to ensure that defendants were released safely to their parents, and describing the release as a spiteful response to a political loss.
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