What is wrong with some people?
“YEAH, WHERE IS MY NICE LADY?”
Since: Dec 08
#1 Sep 26, 2009
Editorial: Clear the air in death case ( http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/d... ) Sunday, September 7, 2008
Charges of corrupted justice in the Collin County murder trial of Charles Dean Hood will get an overdue airing in court Monday.
The inquiry should be complete and conclusive on whether the trial judge and the district attorney who prosecuted the case were having a secret affair when Mr. Hood was convicted of capital murder in 1990. It should involve the opportunity for former state District Judge Verla Sue Holland and former DA Tom O'Connell to address sworn, but unproven, allegations of unethical and unconstitutional behavior.
It goes without saying that the inquiry should move with urgency, since the defendant's execution is set for Wednesday.
For weeks, the radioactive murder case careened from courtroom to courtroom, and the ideal of sure and swift justice seemed like a pathetic afterthought. In a chaotic spectacle on June 17, Mr. Hood came within 90 minutes of execution, only to have the warrant withdrawn and reinstated hours later. Prison staff could not squeeze in the execution routine before the midnight deadline, which is the only reason that attorneys can still dissect what was going on in the county courthouse 18 years ago.
Various courts appeared to deflect the core question of judicial corruption until Thursday, when state District Judge Greg Brewer ordered a hearing on the matter. That shows spine.
In any salacious talk of secret trysts, it mustn't be lost that the case stems from the heartless murders of Ronald Williamson and Tracie Lynn Wallace of Plano. A jury found that Mr. Hood was the killer, but the conviction can't involve lingering doubts of a rigged case no matter how clear the evidence of guilt.
Attorney General Greg Abbott said as much in an extraordinary statement last week urging thorough review. Even the most ardent law-and-order Texan must agree with Mr. Abbott that "if the execution proceeds as scheduled, before questions about the fairness of his trial are legally resolved, neither the victims nor justice will be served."
Indeed, if Judge Brewer's fact-finding needed more time, with the execution date looming, Gov. Rick Perry should heed the wisdom expressed in a letter by more than two dozen federal and state judges and prosecutors who urged him to issue a one-time, 30 day reprieve.
You mean this guy?
#2 Nov 26, 2010
Hood received a fair trial. The sentence was sent back for a new trial because of changes in the law. He will get a new sentencing trial but the issue of his guilt has been decided and there are no more appeals. He is guilty of multiple murder with special circumstances. The issue of his guilt is so apparent, you have to be a real kook to believe otherwise.
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