John Vance

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2011

    Tomorrow, Dallas County Will Clear Name of Man Imprisoned For Assault He Didn't Commit

    ​Speaking of the innocent spending time behind bars ...Meet Hilliard Fields. On August 27, 1997, Fields, who was then in his mid-20s, told prosecutors he was guilty of sexually assaulting a minor. Fields was also facing an unrelated drug charge, and authorities told him: Look, just plead guilty to ... More >>

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    June 25, 2011

    A Belated Farewell to The Thin Blue Line's Randall Dale Adams, "The First Innocent Man"

    Via.Randall Dale Adams's mugshot for the crime he did not commit​"It's an Everyman's story. It's the story of someone slipping through the cracks -- if you like, a nonfiction Twilight Zone episode." That was filmmaker Errol Morris talking, in 1988, about his documentary The Thin Blue Line -- other ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

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    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"

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    August 2, 2007

    Chains of Evidence

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

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    August 2, 2001

    Beg Pardon

    Anti-drug war forces unleash a potent weapon to free a convict--a little girl

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    September 30, 1999

    Equal work, unequal pay

    Two former Dallas prosecutors say that's what they suffered

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    February 11, 1999
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    January 21, 1999
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    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.

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    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.

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    September 3, 1998
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    January 23, 1997

    Mommie dearest

    Why I'm trading my typewriter for diapers and drool cloths

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    July 18, 1996

    The Dope Bowl

    Lawyers, goons, money--and some very curious sex toys. Laura Miller does the post-game analysis of the Michael Irvin trial.

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    September 14, 1995

    Attack of the Killer Gadflies (Part I)

    You don't take Rick Finlan and Don Venable seriously? That could be a mistake you live to regret.

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    June 15, 1995