Each year, a handful of Dallas county teenagers accused of crimes are "certified," meaning they're being charged as adults and will appear in adult criminal court. While they await trial, they sit in Dallas county jail. We've learned that while in jail, these teens are kept in their cells for 23 hou ... More >>
A couple of weeks back Texas Appleseed and ACLU of Texas reps were down in Austin asking why oh why do state school districts feel the need to write class C misdemeanor tickets to students, some as young as 6, in the case of the Dallas Independent School District back in '06-'07. John Whitmire's ... More >>
I just spoke with Nicholas Cariotis, chief of the Check Division/Task Force on Identity Fraud at the Dallas County District Attorney's Office -- and the man charged with prosecuting Bob Sambol, who, as we mentioned this morning, has been accused in an indictment of stealing $300,000 from investor an ... More >>
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins wants to address "the bigger picture" concerning wrongful convictions. One month ago, hundreds of law-enforcement officials from around the state gathered under the dome in Texas’s Senate chamber at the behest of Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston. They came ... More >>
A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"
Sloppy record keeping causing headaches in criminal appeals
Mark Graham Craig Watkins would like a word with the Friends of Unfair Park. Wow, it must be Guest Contributor Day around Unfair Park. Because next up to the virtual podium is none other than Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, who sent Unfair Park this morning an "opinion editorial" con ... More >>
How did Dallas convict so many innocents? With faulty eyewitnesses, sloppy police work and overzealous prosecutors.
Did lack of manpower leave a felon on bail free to kill? Maybe. Sort of.
Denton County's new district attorney challenged on his claims to be Mr. Clean
The exonerations just keep on coming
Wait...we voted for who?
The District Attorney's Office gets the right guy for the wrong reason.
A B-actress, computer mayhem and families feudin'! Making a movie with your rich friends is just courting disaster.
Debtors like Craig Watkins used to end up in jail. Now they run for district attorney.
Emily Dowdy's case hangs on a judge's opinion of her own performance on the bench
What color will the district attorney be, and who gives a rat's rear end?
Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence
Man. Now everybody's calling everybody a racist.
Accused of killing a cop's son, Emily Dowdy learns the hard way that in Oklahoma City justice isn't blind. It works for the prosecution.
Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?
Is anything actually against the law in Texas elections?
Itinerant pro-pot candidate Steven Hale is down again, but not out
The untold story of why Lenell Geter was freed
For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.
Turning down millions in state money to build juvenile boot camps, Tarrant County opted for a different approach--one that works
Critics of a private prison firm that ran two juvenile boot camps in Dallas wonder where the love is at these "tough love academies"
Spurred by a horrifying wave of teen violence in the '90s, Texas today spends more money than ever to lock up young criminals. Are we getting our money's worth?
One side or the other broke the law in a messy city council race, Dallas' top election official says
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.
The untold story of Dallas' biggest-ever police corruption scandal
The don of Dallas criminal lawyers, Charles Tessmer reshaped justice through decades of hard-fought cases and hard drink
Two former Dallas prosecutors say that's what they suffered
The race for judge in Dallas' domestic-violence court raises questions of bias
A legal loophole lets illegal immigrants get out of jail nearly free
Lawyer Kenneth Mayfield racks up a winning record in the courts he helps oversee as a county commissioner