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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
At the Dallas County courthouse, prostitutes will soon have a diversion program to call their own
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
A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"
The exonerations just keep on coming
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 >>
Tom Dunning's homeless task force learns an old lesson: If at first you don't succeed, try again.
Dallas County's innovative DIVERT court program is caught in a budget squeeze
Judge John Creuzot
At Dallas' courthouse, a small, hopeful experiment is under way in breaking the jail habit
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.
The untold story of Dallas' bigest-ever police corruption scandal. Part two of a special report.
The untold story of Dallas' biggest-ever police corruption scandal
Courts that aim to treat, not punish, addicts gain a slow toehold in Texas
Dallas lawyer Catherine Shelton on her troubled pastand the Rowlett murder she says she didn't commit
It was reformers vs. the business-as-usual crowd on Dallas' ethics task force. Somehow the reformers won. Sort of.
Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.
Judge John Creuzot will do just about anything to get addicts off drugs--including poking their ears with needles
Candidate R.D. Rucker explains the joy of sex and the problems of an elected judiciary
Judge John Creuzot shepherds wayward addicts through recovery
Justice may be blind, but Dallas jurors aren't--particularly when it comes to race
How County Commissioner Jim Jackson and his right-wing Republican cronies have Dallas' judges running scared
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.