Earlier this week, the Dallas County District Attorney's office mysteriously dropped all felony charges against Columbia Packing Co. and its vice president, Joseph Carl Ondrusek Jr., for dumping pig blood into a tributary of the Trinity River in January 2012. Counting last month's dismissal of the c ... More >>
Jerry Temple is not the guy you want living in the apartment above you. Especially if you rely on a wheelchair, own a flat-screen TV and value your life. In Temple's case, the unlucky neighbor was Kenneth Alberts, a 59-year-old disabled man who lived alone in a Grapevine apartment complex. Accordi ... 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 >>
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 >>
Back in January, we told you the sordid story of Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Standric Choice, who, with two other men, was arrested for plotting to steal cocaine so they could deal cocaine -- how HBO. Two months and one confidential informant later, the 36-year-old former law enforcement officer ... 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 >>
The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes
Craig Watkins sure is putting the "DA" in "DNA." This week's Observer cover story on DNA exonerations will be available shortly, but recent news about the case of Clay Chabot proves that these revelations of dubious convictions are just going to keep on coming. And, as District Attorney Craig Watkin ... More >>
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
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 >>
Craig Watkins, above, has named Terri Moore to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office -- a year after she was representing a man who pleaded guilty to a sex crime. Last week, Dallas County District Attorney-elect Craig Watkins announced his transition team; today, we get a hint of what the bra ... More >>
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
County Commissioner Ken Mayfield isn't laughing anymore about sexual harassment charges
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?