Austin judge signs order to block arrests of Democrats who refuse to return to Texas Capitol for special session Austin judge signs order to block arrests of Democrats who refuse to return to Texas Capitol for special session

Austin judge signs order to block arrests of Democrats who refuse to return to Texas Capitol for special session

(TEXAS TRIBUNE) – A state district judge in Travis County has granted a temporary restraining order blocking the arrest of House Democrats who have broken quorum by leaving the state, paving the way for those who remain outside of Texas to return home without threat of arrest.

State District Judge Brad Urrutia, a Democrat, signed the order late Sunday night restricting Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan from “detaining, confining or otherwise restricting” the free movement of House Democrats within the state or issuing any warrants ordering their confinement.

The order expires in 14 days unless extended by Urrutia. The court will hear arguments on a temporary injunction on Aug. 20 where Abbott and Phelan must show why a temporary injunction should not be filed against them.

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