When the Frisco Police Department discovered the body of 10-year-old Arnav Dhawan in his Frisco home, they said, he was lying in a dry bathtub with a cloth wrapped around him, surrounded by plastic bags. His mother, Pallavi Dhawan, had arranged him that way, and police claimed in a press conference ... More >>
Pallavi Dhawan is still facing charges in the death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav, even though the final autopsy report ruled that "natural disease is most likely." It's for that and other reasons that the Frisco Police Department seems to have jumped the gun when it held a press conference accusing ... More >>
A week ago, the Frisco Police Department was convinced that it had a solid case against Pallavi Dhawan in the mysterious death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav, and was ready to tell everyone about it. "Officers asked if she had killed the child and Mrs. Dhawan nodded her head 'yes,'" Frisco PD spok ... More >>
At first blush, the death last week of Frisco 10-year-old Arnav Dhawan seemed like another one of those too-gruesome-to-contemplate, too-compelling-to-turn-away stories of child abuse that flash across the local headlines with disturbing regularity. According to police, the boy's mother, 38-year-ol ... More >>
Danny ClancyHere we go again. First it was Phillip Linder. Then it was David Finn. Now Danny Clancy is the latest criminal defense lawyer to announce his plans to do the seemingly impossible: knock off incumbent District Attorney Craig Watkins. The former Dallas County prosecutor and judge says he ... More >>
David FinnLess than two months after we introduced you to criminal defense lawyer Phillip Linder, the would-be Republican challenger to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins has stepped aside and is now supporting David Finn, a fellow criminal defense lawyer and former trial judge and federa ... More >>
Roderick NewtonTen years ago last March, "Roderick Newton and Julian Williams went to a car wash in Pleasant Grove in Dallas looking for someone to rob." So reminds the Texas Attorney General's media release issued last week, which recounts the reason Newton is scheduled to be executed by the state ... More >>
Let's get back to Kim's item about Roderick Newton, scheduled to be executed by the state on Thursday, for just a minute. And let's go ahead and set aside the issue of "mental retardation." Instead, focus on the second of three claims Newton's attorneys make in the writ filed today -- the one ... More >>
What you don't know about R. Allen Stanford you can find in this week's story about the country-fried Madoff in the paper version of Unfair Park. But far less is known about his second-in-command, James Davis. Maybe it's time to get to it: Only days ago, Stanford told ABC News that he expects to be ... More >>
It didn't have to happen.
The County can't get away from the latest bad news on its troubled jail
A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"
This day has started off about as badly as a day can start off for me. I just got politely chewed out by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, which is not the bad thing. All my days start out with my getting chewed out. I lie in bed at 5 a.m. with eyes like saucers, waiting for my morning ch ... More >>
When big-city lawyers appear in the courtroom of Judge Gene Knize, they better be prepared to duck and cover
The Dallas Morning News has a story today in the Metro section headlined, "Review sought in judge's recusal in double slayings." It's about the contretemps in Ellis County that erupted when Dallas lawyer David Finn got on the wrong side of District Judge Gene Knize. The whole thing is very entertain ... More >>
U.S. Justice Department investigators find horrid conditions at Dallas County's jail
A B-actress, computer mayhem and families feudin'! Making a movie with your rich friends is just courting disaster.
A judge has to intervene on behalf of an inmate to save his infected leg
In a rare piece of good news for the Dallas County Jail, InfoIntegration, the infamously incompetent computer firm that lost track of inmates like they were old pairs of tube socks, will not renew its contract when it expires in July. Tonya Brenneman, the founder of the firm, got the lucrative contr ... More >>
Got a missing relative? Maybe you should look in the jail--and good luck with that.
A woman's story of life behind bars might be of interest to federal investigators
Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence
Kenny Rogers has a history of sneak assaults
The race for judge in Dallas' domestic-violence court raises questions of bias
Defense attorney girds for battle against U.S. Attorney Coggins