Bill Hill

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    November 27, 2013

    Craig Watkins: The Man Who Would Be King

    Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, anti-depressant-gobbling, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz. OK, people, listen up. Buzz can't believe we have to repeat this lesson, but apparently someone hasn't been paying attenti ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    The Uber Secret Session Vote Tomorrow Will Be Everything Wrong with Dallas City Hall

    Mayor Mike Rawlings and the new city attorney Warren Ernst want to hold a secret closed-door City Council session tomorrow on a question that has everything to do with the public interest. Watch closely to see how your council member votes. It's a big window. Yesterday we talked about some of the s ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    At Daybreak, a Few Questions for Mayor Mike Rawlings About Hiring Kathy Nealy

    One month ago, Jim broke down exactly how Kathy Nealy spent the $270,000 paid her by Mike Rawlings's campaign: $50,000 to phone-bank workers, $15,000 on "religious outreach," $65,000 on the so-called "walk program" and so on. A few days later it was revealed tha ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Craig Watkins's Campaign Says Danny Clancy's TV Ads Are Misleading Voters By Claiming Watkins Hasn't Prosecuted a Case as DA

    If you've seen Republican Danny Clancy's latest political ad above or his first one, you know what he views as District Attorney Craig Watkins's biggest wart: never prosecuting a felony case. But that's not true, according to Kurt Watkins, Craig's cousin and campaign manager. In fact, Craig exami ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Spokesman Takes Blame For Claiming DA Craig Watkins "Helped Free 20 Wrongly Convicted Prisoners" in Campaign E-Mail

    Sam MertenDoes it matter how many folks Watkins exonerated? When it's the cornerstone of a campaign, you betcha.​While it's well-known that Dallas County leads the country with a whopping 22 exonerations since 2001 -- 20 of which resulted from the preservation of DNA evidence -- there's been s ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009
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    April 27, 2009

    Craig Watkins Is Ready for His Close-Up

    I winced when asked to screen an advance copy of Dallas DNA, Investigation Discovery's new six-part series that adds to the growing legend that is Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. It took Henry Wade decades in office to achieve legendary notoriety, but with the global media fawning ove ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008
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    March 12, 2008

    Craig Watkins Is Feeling a Little Picked On, So Just Back Off, 'K?

    In this week’s paper version of Unfair Park, Buzz talks about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' defensiveness concerning criticism directed at him and his office. Watkins was asked about a few issues, most notably his decision to charge Lynn Flint Shaw with a misdemeanor instead of a ... More >>

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    February 12, 2008

    Bill Hill Goes Both Ways. Again.

    Former Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill, now in the defending bidness Not that I would pimp my former boss for my current one, but my old colleague and pal John Council at Texas Lawyer brings word that ex-Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill has risen from the politically expired, chan ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    City Hall's Same Sick Story

    White guys bribing black guys at Dallas City Hall

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    September 27, 2007

    A Devil's Deal in Dallas Court

    A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"

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    July 18, 2007

    Start Your Engines

    We need a hero. Well, it looks like embattled (should that be her first name now?) Sheriff Lupe Valdez may have an opponent in the Democratic primary. We don’t know much about the guy yet, other than he’s relatively young and works in the District Attorney’s Office, but we’ll fill you in on ... More >>

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    February 23, 2007

    When "Uh, Sorry, Man" Just Won't Cut It

    Craig Watkins is apologizing to folks exonerated by DNA evidence. He might be very, very busy... New Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is making it a practice to shake hands with and apologize to those folks who have been exonerated through DNA tests -- which has happened twice since he ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007

    Will Wonders Never Cease

    The new DA is nice. That can't last.

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    January 5, 2007

    New D.A. Rising?

    Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he wants to get innocent people out of jail. Oddly, in Dallas County, this is a novel concept. On Wednesday, DNA testing exonerated Andrew Gossett of Garland, who had been serving a 50-year sentence for a 1999 sexual assault he didn't commit. Within ... More >>

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    December 21, 2006

    DA Does Have an Open-File Policy....Not

    Dallas County District Attorney's Office flack Rachel Raya can say whatever she wants, but she may be the only person who actually believes that Bill Hill has a real open-file policy. A few months ago, I spoke to several defense attorneys who describe a haphazard, unpredictable process that clogs up ... More >>

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    December 20, 2006
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    December 20, 2006

    Does the DA's Office Have an Open-Door Policy? Pardon, Open-File Policy.

    Friend of Unfair Park Scott Henson, who runs the terrific legal-issues blog Grits for Breakfast, has a suggestion for Dallas County District Attorney-elect Craig Watkins: "The new Democratic DA should announce an 'open file' policy similar to the one" in place in Tarrant County. The Austin-based Hen ... More >>

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    December 7, 2006

    Target Practice

    Brian Gray, at left, says Shelley Hallman is hanging up pictures of him affixed to a shooting-range target. Dude, who hasn't been there? Felony prosecutor Shelley Hallman, who prosecutes death penalty cases and has a knack for acting like a 7-year-old, has struck again. The wife of failed district a ... More >>

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    November 16, 2006

    Accidental Victors

    Wait...we voted for who?

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    July 18, 2006

    Heir Jordan?

    Darrell Jordan wants to be mayor. And he has the wallet to prove it. Darrell Jordan insists that, at long last, it's his turn to be the mayor. He lost in 1995 to Ron Kirk, but Jordan has always figured he was the right guy in the right place at the wrong time; when Dallas wanted and needed an Africa ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006
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    February 2, 2006

    Coloring Book

    What color will the district attorney be, and who gives a rat's rear end?

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    September 1, 2005

    Race, Race, Race

    Man. Now everybody's calling everybody a racist.

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    April 28, 2005

    No Pants Belo

    Morning News looks goofy on the circ fraud story

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    December 25, 2003

    Moby DEA

    Call me Ishmael. Just give me the damn audit!

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    December 4, 2003

    Small Fish

    Now let's look for the real villains in fake drugs

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    August 14, 2003

    Science Fiction

    Why would we even think about giving this guy his own crime lab?

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    May 1, 2003
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    April 17, 2003

    1-Hour Arrest

    When does a snapshot of a mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn? Ask the Richardson police.

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    March 20, 2003

    The DA Speaks

    Bill Hill opens up--a bit--about the fake-drug scandal and Dallas police problems

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    February 13, 2003

    A Tale of Two Pities

    Hill felt sorry, Bolton felt nothing over fake drugs

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    January 16, 2003

    Dallas' Chief Problem

    Nobody believes Terrell Bolton anymore--except his friends at Dallas City Hall

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    November 21, 2002

    Donald Bags 3 Katies

    Staffers make a big splash in recent journalism competitions

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    November 7, 2002

    Stepnoski's Stand

    Plus: No Apologies, Copping a Plea

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    October 31, 2002

    Mr. No Apology

    Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?

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    October 17, 2002

    Hello? Anybody There?

    Heads should be rolling over the Dallas police drug scandal, but no one seems to care that much

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    May 30, 2002

    License to Scam

    Is anything actually against the law in Texas elections?

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    May 2, 2002

    Dirty or Duped?

    Who's to blame for the fake-drug scandal rocking Dallas police? Virtually everyone.

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    April 25, 2002

    The Sheep Are Listening

    Plus: Low Blow, Tragic Tale

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    April 18, 2002

    Bill Due

    Why did the DMN kill a story about political favoritism? Guess right and win!

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    April 11, 2002

    Remember Vote Fraud?

    The DA was hot to do something about it until his own campaign got going

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    August 2, 2001

    Beg Pardon

    Anti-drug war forces unleash a potent weapon to free a convict--a little girl

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    January 18, 2001

    Tuned Out

    A veteran prosecutor--and famed barbershop quartet member--bows out of office

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    September 21, 2000

    Innocent as Charged

    After his acquittal on an assault charge, Clark Birdsall questions the system he once embraced

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    September 7, 2000

    Dirty Cops, Dirty Games

    The untold story of Dallas' bigest-ever police corruption scandal. Part two of a special report.

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    October 21, 1999


    Make nice; Hacked off; Party hardly

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    February 11, 1999
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    October 15, 1998

    The Race Not Run

    Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.

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