A Texas judge reportedly released almost all of his juvenile defendants after losing his re-election on Tuesday, but not before asking if they planned to kill anyone.
Public defender Steve Halpert quoted Devlin as saying, "This is obviously what the voters wanted", and opined that Devlin, a Republican, meant to imply that Democratic judges are more lenient with accused criminals.
It is not known how many juveniles were released, but the number, according to the outlet, is at least seven - four of whom faced aggravated robbery charges.
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.
Devlin and another judge were the subjects of a Houston Chronicle investigation last month.
"This could endanger the public", Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a written statement.
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. "'If I release you, will you go out and murder anybody?'And so, if the juvenile said no, they were released", public defender Steve Halpert told KTRK-TV about the hearing.
Devlin on Wednesday declined to comment in the Chronicle's story. He said it is not unusual for Devlin to release juvenile defendants if they have adequate supervision at home.
Glenn Devlin has been accused of "abdicating responsibility" following his ruling in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, which came a day after he lost his re-election bid to a Democrat rival. "But nobody has seen this before", Halpert said.
Harris County Chief Public Defender Alex Bunin made the same suggestion.
A Chronicle investigation found that Devlin and another judge were responsible for more than one-fifth of children sent to the state's juvenile prisons past year.
"I'm not sure that I can wrap my arms around what he's actually doing", he said.
All cases were reset to January 4, shortly after Oakes takes office.
They called for the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct to look into him for violations of the canons of judicial conduct.