Professional Bondsmen of Texas

US 5th Circuit Reverses Houston Federal

Court's Bail Order
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Rosethal in Cause No. 17-20333; O'Donnell v. Harris County; In United States Court of Appeals for the 5th District.
The court of appeals disagreed with the trial court in three respects:

(1) The court of appeals disagreed with the trial court's definition of O'Donnellís liberty interest under due process arguing that the trial court's interpretation was too broad, and that the procedures it required to protect that interest were too onerous.

(2) The court of appeals disagreed with the trial court regarding whether the County Sheriff could be sued under Sec. 1983.

(3) The court of appeals held that the district courtís injunction was overbraod, failed to address the issue raised and proposed language for a replacement order which was more limited.

Each of these issues are detrimental to the plaintiffs. On the first issue, the trial court had a tortured liberty interest description which held that any time a defendant said they could not afford bail, any bail set was in essence a preventative detention order and the defendant had to be released. The court of appeals rejected this argument and set out a much more restrained liberty interest than the trial court. The court of appeals recognized that the ability to pay was only one consideration in setting bail; not the only consideration. On the second issue, the court of appeals dismissed the sheriff from the case. The trial court had ordered the Sheriff to undertake certain tasks which the trial court recognized that it could not order the judges to undertake. The trial court will no longer be able to do this. Finally, the court of appeals agreed with the county in holding that the preliminary injunction was overbroad. Further, the court of appeals recast the purpose of the preliminary injunction to serve a very limited purpose of ensuring a process for review instead of a get out of jail free card.

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2018 Courses Schedule


Location Date Type
Waco Jan. 5, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm
Arlington Mar. 2, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm
Houston March 30, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm
Austin April 13, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm
Abilene May 4, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm
Arlington Aug. 10, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm
Houston October 5, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm
San Antonio Nov. 8th & 9th, 2018 day 1 Oct. 8 - 8am - 3pm
day 2 Oct. 9 - 8am - 11:30am
Tyler December 7, 2018 1 day 8am - 5pm

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Schedule of Events (Tentative)

April 11, 2018 Wednesday

Time

Event

Location

1:00pm - 5:00pm PBT Annual Golf Tournament
Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course
5:30pm - 7:30pm PBT Barbecue
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Poolside

April 12, 2018 Thursday

8:30am - 10:00am Committee(s) Meetings
Room: Salon A & B
10:00am - 12:00pm Board / General Membership Meeting Room: Salon A & B

Message from the President,

My fellow Bondsmen, just a note to let you know that PBT is already hard at work preparing for our upcoming 2019 Legislative session. We are gearing up for a BATTLE to maintain our businesses and this is going to affect ALL bondsman in the State of Texas.

Please join PBT in this legislative fight for our business operations and survival. Become a PBT member or just donate to our pre-legislative efforts in 2018. Right now, we have several groups of people monitoring what is happening throughout the State along with California and New York hotspots.

We are looking hard at the following counties of Harris, Ft. Bend and Dallas counties, where law suits have been filed. Rest assured, our teams at PBT are always watching and looking closely.

On the lighter side, come join us in April 11-12 for Golf and BBQ fun at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin, followed by our PBT Quarterly meeting, to discuss all our concerns that will affect us going forward into the 2019 legislative session then followed by our continuing education Bail Bond classes.

Come learn what this next legislative session in 2019 could mean to your business and hear what is known by our legislative teams. The 2019 legislative efforts to destroy the Bail Bond businesses in Texas is real so we must be ALL OUT READY TO DEFEND OUR BUSINESSES IN TEXAS and to defend our businesses from false attacks and political rangeling. The 2019 Texas Legislative Session affects all Bail Bond Companies in Texas!

Contact PBT headquarters with any questions.
Check out now… our April online registration forms for golf tournament on our PBT website at www.PBTX.com and register.

Thank You,

Bo Jones
President
Professional Bondsmen of Texas

Coming in April... PBT Golf, BBQ and Board of Directors/ Membership Meeting in Austin

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Schedule of Events (Tentative)

April 11, 2018 Wednesday

Time

Event

Location

1:00pm - 5:00pm PBT Annual Golf Tournament
Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course
5:30pm - 7:30pm PBT Barbecue
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Poolside

April 12, 2018 Thursday

8:30am - 10:00am Committee(s) Meetings
Room: Salon A & B
10:00am - 12:00pm Board / General Membership Meeting Room: Salon A & B

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