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The decision came after commissioners listened to numerous speakers, including prosecutors and victims' advocates, who gave impassioned and sometimes angry pleas to keep the positions. It was a victory for District Attorney Craig Watkins, who rallied
The Dallas Morning News Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is under fire for his role in helping a 10-year-old girl declare that she did not want to pursue charges against the stepfather who molested her. The first term Democrat testified
The Dallas County jurors who had sent Richard Miles to prison for 40 years never knew another man had been implicated in the same shooting incident. It took 14 years for a prisoner advocacy group to uncover the reports in police
The district attorney's hot-check fund, which is replenished every year with hot-check processing fees, has eased the pain for Watkins during tough budget years. A state law has helped bring in a steady flow of fees, which Watkins is spending almost
Now mired in a rough re-election race, the 42-year-old Democrat said he's changed his mind about the use of capital punishment. "I came in with a certain philosophical view. I don't have that anymore," Watkins told The Dallas Morning News recently. "
He says prosecutors successfully get convictions in 99.4 percent of cases handled by his office. That's true, but with some tricky math: The office doesn't just count cases that go to trial; it includes cases where the defendant pleads guilty, too. "
The default on the loan by Watkins and his wife, Tanya, on their DeSoto home occurred in November 2008. County records show that a lien was placed on the property that same month. The documents do not say how Watkins defaulted or how much money was
T Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins says allegation is politically motivated 02:35 PM CDT on Friday, August 6, 2010 Alonzo Hardy's confession paved the way for the exonerations of two Dallas County men wrongly convicted in a 1997 murder. But a
Inside Texas Politics, said he did not believe the conviction rate was that high, suggesting that Watkins was fudging the numbers for political gain. "That is absolutely not true. It's misleading," Clancy said on the show. "If the conviction rate is
Also Online According to campaign finance reports filed Thursday, Watkins raised a hefty $310,000 for the period from April 4 to June 30...He raised $210,000 for the period and had 167,000 left to spend. Combined, Watkins and Clancy raised over $500,