Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Breaking News: Texas Judge Removes Date of Execution in Case Involving Allegations that Trial Judge and DA Were Involved; State Appeals
Posted by Alan Childress
Updating Nancy Rapoport's post on LPB here (and more at her personal blog), and the vital efforts of Monroe Freedman at LEF here, I just received an email from one of Charles Dean Hood's attorneys (Andrea Keilen) saying:
Just a few minutes ago, the Collin County District Court judge presiding over this case withdrew Charles Hood's execution date and recused himself (without explanation) from any further proceedings. The prosecutors have not decided whether they will appeal this ruling.
I will update more soon. (The execution would have been six minutes from now.)
Update: To see the Judge's order and recusal, Download order20collin20county206172008.pdf
Further update: A Notice that was made requesting discovery on the relationship under Brady and the like, filed today before the Judge entered the removal of execution date above (and apparently is still pending), was emailed by another attorney for Hood, Laura Burstein. To read it, Download notice_of_brady_evidence.rtf Both documents were posted here with permission from the relevant attorney.
Update #3: Prosecutors right now are appealing the Order, above, of removal of the execution date, reports Ms. Burstein (6:22 pm cst). The mandamus request has been filed in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (that's the state's "supreme court" for all criminal matters). They are seeking for the Order to be vacated and the execution to proceed tonight.
Update #4: The Dallas Morning News is on top of the story and notes that the Judge who withdrew the execution had worked as an ADA in the office that tried Hood. It also notes that legal ethicists have protested the potential execution in light of the possible conflict.
Further LPB updates are in new and separate posts above this post, such as this new one.