A Houston career criminal who was already out of the jail system has been charged with new murder charges, only for the Texas court system to grant him yet another release from jail.
Vernon Menifee is a career criminal with six felony convictions, and a known gang member. He was out of the jail system on pending 2019 felony charges of organized criminal activity and being felon in possession of a weapon when he was arrested and charged with the murder of 29-year old Guy Allen in April.
The alleged murder could’ve been prevented if the repeat felon had been denied bond on the basis of his extensive criminal history, an irony that didn’t escape Andy Kahan of Crime Stoppers.
“Finally the court said no more, Mr. Menifee. Every time we keep letting you out on bond you keep reoffending and it gets worse and worse and there’s nothing worse than murder,” said the crime watchdog Kahan.
And yet, even after being charged with murder, Menifee has been granted bond again! 209th Criminal District Court Judge Brian Warren has granted the career criminal a $150,000 bond when he appealed the initial denial of bond. That cost could potentially be well within the financial reach of any homeowner.
It’s unclear if Menifee has bonded out of the Houston jail system as of Monday, which would enable him to commit potential felony crimes. He’s facing more than three separate felony charges for differing alleged criminal incidences.
Fox 26 Houston has reported that more than 60 people have been murdered by existing criminal defendants out of the local justice system on a bail bond, suggesting serious bail bond problems in the Houston court system.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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