Criminal Justice

Brickbat: The Eyes of Texas


Former, Dallas County, Texas, assistant district attorney Richard Jackson has surrendered his law license after the State Bar of Texas found he withheld evidence in a case that led to the wrongful conviction of two men in the murder of a pastor. Dennis Allen and Stanley Mozee spent 14 years in prison. The two were freed in 2013 after a new district attorney examined the case file and found evidence that had not been turned over to the defense attorneys. Jackson, who retired in 2013, said he is innocent of the claims against him but will not spend his retirement savings fighting them.

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  1. In a just world his retirement saving would be seized and given to the two men he railroaded . After which he would be brought up on charges.

    1. In a just world, the disciplinary hearing would be held anyway, in spite of his surrendering the law license, even if he didn’t attend or had died.

      His defense should be paid by the bar association that permitted him to practice law and collected his license fees.

      That bar association should also pay for any liabilities that result from the hearing.

      No lawyer really practices alone; they interact with other legal professionals, including judges and law clerks. His colleagues in the profession allowed this alleged malpractice to happen and didn’t raise the alarm because they were in the same side: oppression. They should collectively bear the responsibility for any consequences.

      1. Collectivism is obscene. If Jackson acted alone then he should face the consequences alone of two men being incarcerated for a total of twenty-eight years.

        This is a short article, so details are lacking. Would be interesting to read about how the second DA came across the other evidence. And whether Texas or any other prosecutory entity has a second set of eyes.

        1. LMAO, trigger warning! Someone used the word "collectively" and knee-jerk indoctrination kicks in. Hint: m4019597's suggestion was that all of the people in that particular part of a system whose negligence resulted in a wrongful conviction that should never have happened need to pay the price to make it less likely that it happens again. Slapping one guy on the wrist for a gross miscarriage of justice is what's obscene.

          Nobody's saying that all of these people need to move into a commune together, LOL!

          1. Derp. It was one person found in the wrong. And that person should be punished. If others participated or knowingly ignored the wrongdoing, they should too. Currently, we are aware of just this one prosecutor. Just to be clear, you support punishing a bunch of innocent people? Did any of the colleagues know of what he did? If so, please provide the links. Did the bar association know he was doing this or other unethical practices and chose not to revoke his license to practice law? Again, please provide links if you do. And nice “commune” strawman.

          2. Someone can read. Thank you.

            A prosecutor doesn’t get away with locking two “innocent” people without a deliberate systemic failure. Everyone who benefited from employment in that system bears responsibility.

        2. Jackson was a prosecutor - these people don't act alone, they lead teams.

          He was not the only one who saw the case he was building.

          1. Who else was aware this evidence was withheld? Actual names and positions. Thanks. I’m not saying it didn’t happen but it also could have been just him and without evidence this is just guessing.

      2. Hasn't collective punishment been declared a war crime?

        If the DA did this, he should be punished. Your attempt to spread and dilute the responsibility is abhorrent. When everybody is held accountable, nobody is held accountable.

        1. "Hasn’t collective punishment been declared a war crime?"

          LOL, yeah, during ......WAR.

          Every time your city settles cases of police abuse, wrongful convictions, etc. it's your tax money paying for it. Isn't that COLLECTIVE punishment, LOL???

          1. And when the prosecutor sends the wrong men to prison, it's your community that suffers from the further crimes committed by the actual perpetrators.

      3. In a just world, the prosecutor behind this would be facing criminal charges of his own.

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    3. But kudos to the new DA for stepping up to do what is right. I suspect there are very few who would do this.

    1. This ,and end Q,E, and the sheer number of non crimes that would overwhelm the courts could help put an end to the drug war. A man can dream.

    2. I remember in a Con Law class when the professor asked us to guess what percentage of people in prison are in for crimes they didn't commit. Then he pointed out that, thanks to plea bargaining that allows people to plead guilty to lesser offenses, there are a lot of people in prison for crimes that they technically didn't commit. And from there we got into a discussion on how, thanks to the morass of laws (three felonies a day), prosecutors can take a single act and threaten multiple charges in order to coerce a guilty plea. Very few cases actually go to trial and if everybody refused to take pleas, the courts would simply be unable to process the case load.

      1. They did this to my ex friend that tried to rob a hotel by pulling the fire alarm and snatching the register.
        Long story short, he got caught by the distracted employee, and pushed them out of the way to flee.
        They charged him with 5 different things including armed robbery and he was looking at 30 years. Ended up taking a plea for 10 months. I dont remember the plea, but I believe it was related to the false alarm in the end.

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  3. All of his convictions should be reviewed.

  4. Not sure why they linked to the AP article which is just lifted from the Dallas Morning News.

    The AP is garbage and worthless and they protect Palestinian death cults like Hamas.

    1. Reason’s just being part of the team.

  5. California looks at Texas and thinks these people are stupid for being a da in Texas. If your a da in California you can not only with old evidence, but you can also alter evidence, make up confessions, and instruct other da's to do the same with impunity. Granted the biggest difference is in Texas it was a white guy and in Cali it was a black with a vag and a (D) next to her name

  6. That bar association should also pay for any liabilities that result from the hearing.

    No lawyer really practices alone; they interact with other legal professionals, including judges and law clerks. His colleagues in the profession allowed this alleged malpractice to happen and didn’t raise the alarm because they were in the same side: oppression. They ,should collectively bear the responsibility for any consequences.

  7. "They were declared innocent five years later after DNA testing helped clear them."

    "Jackson’s lawyer, Bob Hinton, said Jackson has long maintained that he handed over the evidence to the defense and still believes that Allen and Mozee are guilty."

    Of course he thinks they are still guilty, DNA testing fails again!!!!

    1. DNA testing proves they weren’t the only ones at the crime. It doesn’t prove them innocent.

  8. "Jackson, who retired in 2013..."

    Man I hope his life isn't too disrupted by being struck off.

    Worst punishment ever?

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