The infamous Henry Wade was district attorney of Dallas County from 1951-1987. He had a reputation for conviction at any cost and most of the exonerations Dallas is discovering are because of his tenure. He has been found to have intimidated witnesses, tampered with evidence, hid evidence which would have proven innocence, and sent a number of people to jail and even death row under questionable circumstances for personal political gain..
Under Mr. Wade’s tenure, the joke was “Anybody can convict a guilty person. Convicting the innocent is the trick.”
He wrote a memo instructing his prosecutors: “Do not take Jews, Negroes, Dagos, Mexicans or members of any minority race on a jury, no matter how rich or well-educated.” Because of him, Dallas leads the nation in overturned wrongful convictions.
We have a harrowingly detailed description of how Mr. Wade engineered the electrocution of an innocent man in D-Magazine, Tommy Lee Walker. This was not that unusual but having the details discussed is. If this does not bother you, you do not have a heart.
Mr. Wade spawned a generation of district attorneys who had tremendous personal power but who now find their reputations tarnished for improper behavior such as Judge John Roach of Collin County and Joe Shannon of Tarrant County.
The best way to resolve this is by digging up these old cases and exposing them. We can start by renaming the Dallas Juvenal Justice Center for someone else.
Quit arguing about these losers and realize our problems are local. We need to address our local problems.
Some local private interests spent 15 million taxpayer dollars to remove Judge Wooten who was not ruling as she was directed but in accordance with the law. She was convicted of a first degree felony for a crime which did not exist. Stacy and I were told we could escape if we lied to convict Judge Wooten but we refused and I was thrown in a gang tank and my children were placed in an abusive situation.
Stacy and I stayed firm and appealed. I won at appeal but the prosecution appealed my acquittal to the Court of Criminal Appeals. At that level, the court made it clear that there was no crime committed and said this whole thing should have been dismissed at the district court level and my acquittal was affirmed.
Ironically, at that point the prosecution felt that the only way it could argue for our conviction was to argue that Judge Wooten was innocent; they said just the opposite at her trial. The prosecution still lost.
We have an opportunity to witness historic local events May 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the 416th District County in the Collin County courthouse at 2100 Bloomdale Rd, McKinney, TX.Â Judge Wooten is expected to be declared innocent for the excellent reason she did not commit a crime.
Please come join us for this historic occasion. Stacy and I hope to meet Judge Wooten for the first time
Steven Chaney was found innocent after spending 28 years in prison. He was convicted of a double murder in 1987 on the flimsiest of evidence.
The prosecutor found a dental “expert” who testified that a bite mark on one of the victim’s arms was a match for Mr. Chaney’s teeth; something, if we think about it, is impossible. Teeth are very similar and flesh changes hours after being bitten. The “expert” said there was only a one in a million chances that the bite mark was not Mr. Chaney’s. This is the junkiest of junk science and the prosecutor should not have promoted it and the jury should not have rubber stamped it. It remains frightening how easy it is to convict an innocent person if the prosecution is dishonest.
And we wonder why we have so many exonerations, a shrinking middle class, and rising taxes.
The Founders of the United States issued the Fourth Amendment to protect us from the search and seizure of our information or persons without due process.
To protect this, the authorities are not supposed to search our information without convincing a judge to issue a warrant. There has to be probable cause of a defined crime and the warrant is only for that proposed crime. This is an important right which countless service people have defended with their lives.
Unfortunately, this is routinely violated. When the feds investigate someone, they routinely charge an over the top crime, then threaten the defendant to confess to a lesser crime or face years in prison for a crime which never happened. If the defendant refuses to confess, the feds threaten to go through tax returns. We all know how complex tax returns are and how they may be reinterpreted to almost anything. This is an illegal expansion of the warrant and violates the Fourth Amendment. The Founders fought the Revolutionary War over just this issue.
Most of us know what statute of limitations are and why they are required. Memories deteriorate and people die. At some point, it is impossible to have a fair trial. Statutes of limitations are an important bulwark against government abuse.
If the government has spent significant time and money investigating a case and yet, feels there is not enough evidence to make a charge, that is a good indication they are really only on a political fishing expedition.
And yet, the government has effectively eliminated statutes of limitations. If the government has no case, it issues a faulty indictment just before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Then it continues research and threats until the defense is worn down. Eventually something called a “superseding indictment” is issued. This is has the effect opening up the investigation forever, something we all know is unfair.
If the government can’t issue an effective indictment within the time period of the statute of limitations, that is a good sign the prosecution is political and would be stopped by responsible leadership.