Henry Wade

  • Culture

    November 22, 2012

    The Life and Death of Dallas Theater Center's Jack Ruby, All-American Boy

    In 1974, DTC premiered its best show ever. Why was it never seen again?

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    From the Film Vaults: Rush to Judgment

    A witness to the Kennedy assassination shows Mark Lane where he was on November 22, 1963.​While looking for something unrelated this morning, I came across quite the cinematic find just posted to the Internet Archive: a full-length copy of Oscar-nominated director Emile de Antonio's 1966 film Rush ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2011
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    January 13, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    The Oft-Heated Back-and-Forth at Last Night's Sparsely Attended Watkins-Clancy Showdown

    Photos by Sam Merten​Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins accused Republican challenger Danny Clancy of lying and attempting to be the next Henry Wade at a debate last night at Friendship-West Baptist Church in South Dallas, where Watkins and his family attend church. While Watkins cl ... More >>

  • News

    April 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Craig Watkins Is Ready for His Close-Up

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Craig Watkins Takes More Shots at Henry Wade in AP Story

    Henry Wade First thing that comes up when you search for "Dallas" in Google News for the past month is this freshly minted piece about former Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade. The headline blares: "After Dallas DA's death, 19 convictions are undone." Craig Watkins says of his predecessor: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    60 Minutes on the Justice -- and Injustices -- of Dallas County

    For those who missed last night's 60 Minutes -- about how Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and the Innocence Project are taking on "the Wade legacy," in the words of Scott Pelley -- the entire 12-minute segment is after the jump. Among the reasons the story is especially extraordinary: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Reason-ing with Craig Watkins

    Just a few moments ago, Reason Magazine posted a Q&A with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, under the headline: "Is This America's Best Prosecutor?" In it, Watkins discusses how, under "legendary law-and-order Dallas prosecutor Henry Wade" (Reason senior editor Radley Balko's descriptio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008

    Craig Watkins Is Feeling a Little Picked On, So Just Back Off, 'K?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008

    Bill Hill Goes Both Ways. Again.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    A Former Dallas Democrat Seeks to Become the State's Most Powerful Prosecutor

    Rick Reed, former Dallas County prosecutor now interested in becoming the Travis County District Attorney From The Texas Observer comes a sneak peek at the race for Travis County District Attorney -- the most powerful prosecutor in Texas, with the power to go after state elected officials. Among the ... More >>

  • News

    January 17, 2008

    Sharon Keller is Texas' Judge Dread

    When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    The Picture of Henry Wade? What Picture of Henry Wade?

    A Friend of Unfair Park points our attention this morning to this Texas Lawyer profile of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins -- the "Impact Player of the Year," which I thought was going to Tony Romo, but, anyway. The terrific piece, penned by our old pal Mark Donald, contains one nugget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2007

    Craig Watkins on Death Penalty: No, But With a Yessy Aftertaste

    Craig Watkins is for the death penalty. Also, against it. Newsweek wonders in the new issue whether Texans have lost their taste for the death penalty. Yes, the state "still accounts for more than half of all executions in the United States," report Evan Thomas and Martha Brant, but "Texas prosecuto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    What's Wrong With This Picture?

    Yes, we know -- this picture's out-of-focus. Thanks. Not our fault. Neither is the defacing, by the way. Swear. Jim Schutze can’t account for his whereabouts 30 minutes ago, which is interesting, because right around that time, someone vandalized some Vote No! Save the Trinity signs at two early v ... More >>

  • News

    September 27, 2007

    A Devil's Deal in Dallas Court

    A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"

  • News

    August 2, 2007

    Chains of Evidence

    How did Dallas convict so many innocents? With faulty eyewitnesses, sloppy police work and overzealous prosecutors.

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    Don't You Wish Your Mayor Was Hot Like Me

    Dallas' mayoral wannabes are all nice guys. Where's the fun in that?

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    Go West

    With Dallas Democrats' return from the dead, state Senator Royce West is poised for bigger things, like maybe paychecks

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2007

    When "Uh, Sorry, Man" Just Won't Cut It

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2006

    Night of the Living Dead

    Mark Graham Craig Watkins is the new Dallas County District Attorney. You think you're shocked, imagine how Toby Shook feels. People are walking around like zombies at Dallas County courthouses today as incumbent judges who looked invincible last week began contemplating the prospect of looking ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2006

    Can I Get a Witness?

    The District Attorney's Office gets the right guy for the wrong reason.

  • News

    September 1, 2005

    Race, Race, Race

    Man. Now everybody's calling everybody a racist.

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    The Way of the Gun

    The untold story of why Lenell Geter was freed

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    PAC men

    Down but not out, local Democrats
    show feeble signs of life

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Good time Charlie

    The don of Dallas criminal lawyers, Charles Tessmer reshaped justice through decades of hard-fought cases and hard drink

  • News

    October 21, 1999


    Make nice; Hacked off; Party hardly

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Equal work, unequal pay

    Two former Dallas prosecutors say that's what they suffered

  • News

    January 7, 1999

    The Wrong Man

    The case against Nickiolas Jolly fell apart within a month of his arrest for capital murder. But keeping an innocent man in jail 14 months is no big deal in this town.

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    The Race Not Run

    Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Wizard of os

    Candidate R.D. Rucker explains the joy of sex and the problems of an elected judiciary

  • News

    June 18, 1998

    Mr. Mellow

    John Wiley Price, the man who once toted a bullhorn in protests outside Mayor Ron Kirk's home, learns that it helps to have friends in high places