|DA Watkins Claims 'Withholding Evidence' is 'Constitutional'|
|by Tom McGregor||Thu, Mar 7, 2013, 11:51 PM|
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, a rising star of the Democratic Party, has made bold claims about U.S. Constitutional Law. He contends that prosecutors are permitted to withhold evidence that should be handed over to defense attorneys as they prepare to represent their clients in a court of law. That's because some evidence might embarrass Dallas County's top prosecutor.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "an attorney for Watkins, meanwhile, said he was bound by attorney-client privilege as well as a state privilege that allows prosecutors to withhold some noted and other materials (evidence) in developing a case."
Mr. Watkins earned national fame as a district attorney who freed many convicted felons from prisons on the grounds they were falsely convicted. He argued that former Dallas County prosecutors were withholding evidence to win convictions in trials.
As reported by the Houston Chronicle, "a state district judge held the Dallas County district attorney in contempt Thursday and threw out mortgage fraud charges his office brought against an oil fortune heir, blaming the DA's refusal to answer allegations he did a favor for a friend and campaign donor."
On Thursday, Judge Lena Levario said it was clear that Disrict Attorney Craig Watkins was "calling the shots" when his office investigated Al Hill III. For Hill argued that DA Watkins targeted their client as a favor for Lisa Blue, who was engaged in a multi-million-dollar fee dispute with Hill.
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