Updated to include an additional interview. A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial published this weekend concludes that Tarrant County has not exonerated nearly as many innocent prisoners as Dallas County simply because it did not wrongfully incarcerate them in the first place. This black-and-white ... More >>
Freeing the wrongfully convicted through science was the easy part. Now what?
Photo by Leslie MinoraDale Duke, second from right, with his parents and Judge Susan Hawke.As a free man for the first time in 14 years, Dale Duke tightly embraced his tearful mother. His every move followed by a swarm of cameras, the wrongfully imprisoned man, now 60, exited the packed court ... More >>
Heath HarrisLess than a month ago, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office dropped a small bomb shell amongst those who follow courthouse doings: Terri Moore, Craig Watkins's first assistant, and Mike Ware, head of the Conviction Integrity Unit, would be stepping down July 1. At which point, ... More >>
Kevin GlasheenLast Friday, in Judge Ken Molberg's courtroom, attorneys representing Steven Phillips and Kevin Glasheen argued over money, which is what attorneys often do when they clash in courtrooms. At stake: around $1 million, which Glasheen says he's owed by Phillips per an agreement they ma ... More >>
Mike Ware, viaSeems like only four and a half years ago that Terri Moore joined the Dallas County District Attorney's Office as Craig Watkins's first assistant. But Moore, once a perennial candidate for the Tarrant County District Attorney's job, is out effective July 1. So too is Mike Ware, head ... More >>
Dallas County District AttorneyClaude Simmons is one of two men being exonerated for a 1997 murder he did not commit.Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's office sends word this morning that two men convicted of murder in October 1997 -- 54-year-old Claude Alvin Simmons Jr. and 39-year- ... 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 >>
Dallas Police VideoA woman arrested for DWI during a so-called No-Refusal Weekend has her blood drawn inside Lew Sterrett. In her left hand? A search warrant that orders her to give up her blood.The Texas Senate yesterday refused to send to Governor Rick Perry a bill that included an amendment that ... More >>
Mike Ware, head of the Dallas County District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Division Seventeen Dallas County men have been freed from prison following DNA tests that have cleared their names. And till today, those cases have been fairly cut and dry. But Jeff Blackburn, senior counsel for the Innoc ... More >>
Thomas McGowan Moments ago, Unfair Park received a media release from The Innocence Project that says tomorrow afternoon, Thomas McGowan -- who's spent the past 23 years behind bars after being convicted of rape and burglary in Dallas County -- will be released from prison, as DNA testing has reveal ... More >>
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
Authorities are fitting Clay Chabot with an electronic monitor this week in anticipation of his release from prison Wednesday. Judge Lana Myers ruled on Friday that Chabot be released on bail pending a new trial -- if the Dallas County District Attorney decides to retry him for the murder of Galua C ... More >>
More than two decades after being convicted of murder, Clay Chabot will get another trial. Clay Chabot stays in prison -- for now. For 21 years, Clay Chabot has been imprisoned for the 1986 murder of Galua Crosby. But a A DNA test has implicated the state’s chief witness against him, Gerald Pabs ... More >>
A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"
How did Dallas convict so many innocents? With faulty eyewitnesses, sloppy police work and overzealous prosecutors.
Craig Watkins sure is putting the "DA" in "DNA." This week's Observer cover story on DNA exonerations will be available shortly, but recent news about the case of Clay Chabot proves that these revelations of dubious convictions are just going to keep on coming. And, as District Attorney Craig Watkin ... More >>
Tarrant County Sheriff David Williams lusts for helicopters, Chevy Tahoes, and machine guns, but in the hands of used car parts baron Ed Max, Williams is the ultimate cop toy