Not that the office of district attorney isn't political anyway. In the old days when the Republican old guard dangled the local district attorney on puppet strings, the office functioned as a kind of collection agency for the well connected. Walk away from a deal with one of those guys, and the dis ... More >>
Most people have no idea what getting convicted of a crime really would do to them. Really. Not like on TV. As a reporter you catch glimpses. The real damage does not have to do with cops or courthouses. It's not even prison. It's the kid in the window. A man I know told me once about a moment of e ... More >>
A Dallas County jury has found Donald Cuba not guilty of rape, The Dallas Morning News' Melissa Repko is reporting. Cuba, a 20-year-old junior, was accused of raping a fellow student in a dorm room early on the morning of February 10, 2012. As we wrote this morning, the trial has offered a few glim ... More >>
Dominique Thornton did not testify in his trial for charges that he committed a string of armed robberies along the Katy Trail last May. It probably wouldn't have done any good. He was IDed by victims as the gunman in the heists, and police found Thornton's thumbprint on a stolen purse they later re ... More >>
Kelly Helleson will no doubt think twice before performing any roadside cavity searches on evidently law-abiding citizens. In January, the Texas Department of Public Safety fired the state trooper for her unusually thorough probe of two Irving women, a decision that severely limited her opportunitie ... More >>
Two years ago, Joey Dauben was full-time small-town muckraker, publishing the Ellis County Observer and a string of other small papers, blending investigative stories with vicious gossip and baseless speculation at a rate of speed that thrilled and enraged his target audience. He focused intensely o ... More >>
Update: Steven Lawayne Nelson, who was just handed a death sentence in the suffocation of an Arlington preacher, has flooded his holding cell and the courtroom, according to Star-Telegram reporter Dianna Hunt's Twitter feed. She said he could be heard screaming as water began seeping into the courtr ... More >>
Michael Morton, free after 25 years of wrongful imprisonment for his wife's murder, spoke about his experience yesterday during a panel discussion on prosecutorial oversight at the University of Texas. Morton's case has become a focal point of any story or discussion about prosecutorial misconduct, ... More >>
Supporters of Ben Spencer gathered yesterday on the steps of the Frank Crowley Criminal Court Building, where he was convicted for a crime they believe he did not commit. Monday marked 25 years since his arrest for the murder of retail executive Jeffrey Young at a remote industrial complex. Spencer ... More >>
Freeing the wrongfully convicted through science was the easy part. Now what?
A couple of weeks back, we mentioned that the U.S. Trustee handling Bob's Steak & Chop House's Chapter 11 reorganization wanted Judge Harlin D. Hale to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee to replace owner Bob Sambol. Because, see, as far as Willliam Neary's concerned, Sambol -- operating here as Sil ... More >>
Back at the end of June, the U.S. Attorney's Office sent word that it has arrested 25-year-old Jesse William McGraw -- otherwise known as "GhostExodus," founder and ostensibly the leader of the Electronik Tribulation Army -- for threatening to cause serious damage to the computer systems at th ... More >>
Former cornerback Dwayne Goodrich comes to grips with his hit-and-run of three Good Samaritans as he plans for life after prison
The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes
Emily Dowdy gets off the Oklahoma railroad
When big-city lawyers appear in the courtroom of Judge Gene Knize, they better be prepared to duck and cover
A B-actress, computer mayhem and families feudin'! Making a movie with your rich friends is just courting disaster.
Houston had one of its most shocking race murders 45 years ago. But exactly whose tragedy was it?
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?
It is 6:07 p.m. John Albert Burks salutes the Oakland Raiders and says goodbye to his friends. Minutes later, he is a dead man. This year's 21st execution.
Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime
A cast of Fellini-esque characters claiming they possess new evidence keep the Routier murder case in the national spotlight
Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.
From the mayor of Atlanta, who was unjustly accused of graft, to a California man wrongly sentenced to life in a Texas prison, polygraph examiner Eric Holden found the truth that helped set them free
While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers tries to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry
A bungling bureaucracy allowed murder suspect Maricela Martinez to escape to Mexico
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
U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins loves feeding his name to the papers. But what's he done that's news?
A Dallas jury is forced to sift through the wreckage of a family destroyed by the infamous Norplant rape case
When Sandy Kress was school board president, he and Dan Peavy held private discussions on how to limit the influence of black school board members. Their conversations were captured on the Peavy Tapes, which Kress has fought hard to keep secret. Now, U.S.
To the grief of his children and his wife's family, Walker Railey is resurrecting his story
Lawyers, goons, money--and some very curious sex toys. Laura Miller does the post-game analysis of the Michael Irvin trial.
The Feds pitch a shutout in the area's first 'three strikes' case
After a decade on death row, Andre Lewis grasps at straws Andre Lewis is a dead man waiting.
David Pasztor unravels a tangeled tale of death and international intrigue
At the Dallas County Courthouse, everybody. David Pasztor explains why
In JP Jones' court, you can be found guilty without even being charged
How the Feds let S&L swindler Clifford Sinclair get away with millions
Sam Krasniqi was acquitted of sexual abuse. So why won't the state let two children have their parents - or their religion?