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Reed v. Taylor

Now-repealed Texas law required plaintiff, a blind sex offender, to pay to wear GPS tracking device. Not paying was a felony. But plaintiff’s only source of income was his Social Security benefits, which are protected against “execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal processes.” Is the threat of criminal prosecution an “other legal process”? The Fifth Circuit says no; here, “other legal processes” means processes that are similar to the ones listed, and criminal liability is quite different from garnishment, et al.


Tags: 2019, Fifth Circuit, Qualified Immunity, Statutory Interpretation

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