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Code enforcement violations dismissed

Jeff Raymond of The Brownsville Herald examined five years of code enforcement violations — more than 11,000 records overall — to determine the number of cases municipal judges and prosecutors were dismissing and why. The investigation found a disproportionate number of animal-related violations but few cases involving junked homes, rusted appliances in front yards and other appearance-related infractions. "Municipal court reported 648 trials out of 380,615 cases filed from January 2000 through February 2006. More than 400 of the cases that went to trial were for non-parking traffic misdemeanors. One hundred thirty-six involved city ordinances."

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