John Creuzot

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Rickey Dale Wyatt Is Suing Dallas County, City Hall for Wrongfully Locking Him Up for 31 Years

    Rickey Dale Wyatt walked out of Judge John Creuzot's Dallas courtroom on January 4, 2012, finally a free man. After 31 years in prison, his 1981 aggravated rape conviction was set aside after Creuzot and District Attorney Craig Watkins' Conviction Integrity Unit agreed that prosecutors had withheld ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    The Craig Watkins Machine is Slicker and More Slippery Than a Whole Foods Banana Peel

    I am a little ill at ease for the moment. I am looking ahead to my manslaughter charges and trying to plan, not that I intend to manslaughter anybody. In the extremely unlikely event I should be charged with causing someone else to slip on a banana peel at the Lakewood Whole Foods at some point in t ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Outcome of District Attorney Craig Watkins' Contempt Case Still Up in the Air

    Today was supposed to be the day when we found out whether District Attorney Craig Watkins' contempt of court citation would be upheld. State District Judge Bob Brotherton traveled here from Wichita Falls just to make the decision. What he decided instead was that the original contempt charge hadn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    By Holding Craig Watkins in Contempt, Judge Lena Levario Shows She's a Good Democrat. Some Dallas Democrats May Disagree.

    So who is this Democrat judge, Lena Levario, who not only stands up to Democratic Party golden boy Craig Watkins, our embattled district attorney, but holds him in contempt of court? Does she not understand the most basic tenet of Dallas County Democratic Party philosophy -- that Dr. King died so th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Judge John Creuzot Leaving the Bench. Let's Hope Someone Else Keeps His Work Going.

    Stunned and disappointed to learn this morning that Dallas felony court Judge John C. Creuzot will leave to go into private practice after two decades on the bench. In terms of the law and courts -- hell, in terms of government itself -- Creuzot is a great example of what goes right. Citing financi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    After 31 Years Locked Up, Ricky Dale Wyatt is Free But Not Quite Exonerated

    Ricky Dale Wyatt, wearing a sharp suit and yellow tie, walked out of the Frank Crowley Courts Building this afternoon after 31 years in prison -- the longest stint served in Texas before having a conviction vacated, according to his lawyer. Previous record-holder Cornelius Dupree stood off to the si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    As Agencies Split, Everyone Agrees: To Fight Homelessness, Dallas Need More Housing

    Photo by Leslie MinoraMayor Mike Rawlings, former "homeless czar," introduces the Greater Dallas Homeless Policy Alliance.​This morning marked a turning point in the local approach to homeless care. Mayor Mike Rawlings, city and county officials and leaders of local non-profits took turns at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Too Political? Too Personal? Let's Climb the Dallas Bar Association's Judicial Poll.

    ​Since the 2006 elections, when the courthouses were flooded with Democratic judges, many of those very same barristers have been trying to put the kibosh on the Dallas Bar Association's judicial evaluation poll. Why come? Well, they claim, among other things, that it's unfair, overtly political, ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    October 7, 2008

    Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged GOP

    Hate to follow any news story, especially one from a pub I used to work for, but sometimes it can't be helped. Especially when someone like brother reporter John Council looks toward the sky and notices it's falling on the Dallas County Republican Party. In this week's Texas Lawyer, Council reports ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2008

    Courting Hookers

    At the Dallas County courthouse, prostitutes will soon have a diversion program to call their own

  • News

    February 7, 2008

    Life After DNA Exoneration

    After 27 years in prison, DNA exoneree Charles Chatman tries to pick up the pieces and catch up with a world that has left him behind

  • 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

    January 25, 2007

    Jailhouse Rocked

    The exonerations just keep on coming

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2007

    The Twelfth Man

    Barry Scheck's all about getting innocent people out of jail, which is great, but it still doesn't explain that whole O.J. thing. Barry Scheck, former O.J. Simpson defense attorney and founder and co-director of The Innocence Project, is scheduled to appear in a Dallas courtroom this morning with Jo ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2005

    A Place of Their Own

    Tom Dunning's homeless task force learns an old lesson: If at first you don't succeed, try again.

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Drug Money

    Dallas County's innovative DIVERT court program is caught in a budget squeeze

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Criminal Judge

    Judge John Creuzot

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    August 22, 2002

    Clean Time

    At Dallas' courthouse, a small, hopeful experiment is under way in breaking the jail habit

  • News

    March 14, 2002

    Bail Me

    In just a few years, David Wells has eaten a big slice of Dallas' bail-bond business. His secret? It depends on whom you ask.

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    Dirty Cops, Dirty Games

    The untold story of Dallas' bigest-ever police corruption scandal. Part two of a special report.

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    August 31, 2000

    Good Cop, Bad Cop

    The untold story of Dallas' biggest-ever police corruption scandal

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    July 20, 2000

    Behind the curve

    Courts that aim to treat, not punish, addicts gain a slow toehold in Texas

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    March 30, 2000

    Reasonable doubt?

    Dallas lawyer Catherine Shelton on her troubled pastand the Rowlett murder she says she didn't commit

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Ethical dilemma

    It was reformers vs. the business-as-usual crowd on Dallas' ethics task force. Somehow the reformers won. Sort of.

  • 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

    September 17, 1998

    Armed and dangerous

    Judge John Creuzot will do just about anything to get addicts off drugs--including poking their ears with needles

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Wizard of os

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

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    March 12, 1998
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    February 26, 1998

    Liars' court

    Judge John Creuzot shepherds wayward addicts through recovery

  • News

    December 4, 1997

    Unreasonable Doubts

    Justice may be blind, but Dallas jurors aren't--particularly when it comes to race

  • News

    November 27, 1997

    Courthouse coup

    How County Commissioner Jim Jackson and his right-wing Republican cronies have Dallas' judges running scared

  • News

    April 4, 1996


    Paul "Mouse" Millender is in hiding after being stabbed 24 times. He says his old skinhead running buddies did it. But he swears he's not a rat.