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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
White guys bribing black guys at Dallas City Hall
A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"
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 >>
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 >>
The new DA is nice. That can't last.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Wait...we voted for who?
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 >>
What color will the district attorney be, and who gives a rat's rear end?
Man. Now everybody's calling everybody a racist.
Morning News looks goofy on the circ fraud story
Call me Ishmael. Just give me the damn audit!
Now let's look for the real villains in fake drugs
Why would we even think about giving this guy his own crime lab?
When does a snapshot of a mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn? Ask the Richardson police.
Bill Hill opens up--a bit--about the fake-drug scandal and Dallas police problems
Hill felt sorry, Bolton felt nothing over fake drugs
Nobody believes Terrell Bolton anymore--except his friends at Dallas City Hall
Staffers make a big splash in recent journalism competitions
Plus: No Apologies, Copping a Plea
Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?
Heads should be rolling over the Dallas police drug scandal, but no one seems to care that much
Is anything actually against the law in Texas elections?
Who's to blame for the fake-drug scandal rocking Dallas police? Virtually everyone.
Plus: Low Blow, Tragic Tale
Why did the DMN kill a story about political favoritism? Guess right and win!
The DA was hot to do something about it until his own campaign got going
Anti-drug war forces unleash a potent weapon to free a convict--a little girl
A veteran prosecutor--and famed barbershop quartet member--bows out of office
After his acquittal on an assault charge, Clark Birdsall questions the system he once embraced
The untold story of Dallas' bigest-ever police corruption scandal. Part two of a special report.
Make nice; Hacked off; Party hardly
Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.