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Will the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole Be Incarcerated?

Could Texas Board of Pardons and Parole officers find themselves in jail for contempt of court because they have failed to comply with a U.S. District Judge’s order?

Raul Meza, 50, was convicted of murder in the 1982 killing of 8-year-old Kendra Page at a Southeast Austin elementary school playground. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and later received another four years for possessing a weapon while in prison. While Meza was never convicted of a sex crime, his lawyers said during his trial that he admitted to sexually assaulting Kendra. Read more here.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel found that before instituting sex offender restrictions, state officials must follow certain procedures including alerting a defendant of allegations, offering an opportunity to attend an evidenciary hearing and providing a written final decision including detailed reasons. Last year, the board unanimously decided that Meza “constitutes a threat to society by his lack of sexual control,” but they did not give specific reasons for their decision. Hence, Yeakel’s contempt of court ruling.

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