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Hood County News underwriting statewide series

February 6, 2013

“Justice for All” and “Routier Revisited: Was Darlie unjustly convicted?” are series underwritten by the Hood County News and offered to newspapers across the state through the Texas Center for Community Journalism.…

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Jezebel

January 30, 2013

Breast implants and a girl’s night out at a male strip club are not inherently indicative of homicidal tendencies. But those details were used by prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s office when they convinced a jury that Darlie Routier deserved to die.

Some legal experts see sex bias in capital murder trial of Darlie Routier

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High-profile case helped change justice system

January 5, 2013
High-profile case helped change justice system

Calvin Jerold Burdine’s lawyer slept through parts of his capital murder trial and, along with the prosecutor, used anti-gay slurs. So egregious was the behavior of those in the justice system that Burdine’s case was used to argue for the passage of the Texas Fair Defense Act – and an overall examination of what the state considers justice.

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Prosecutors accused Rowlett homemaker of being a psychopath

December 8, 2012
Prosecutors accused Rowlett homemaker of being a psychopath

A camera was rolling as Dallas prosecutor Greg Davis told a TV news reporter that Darlie Routier was “a psychopath” – a claim unsubstantiated and not supported by a state-commissioned forensic psychiatrist who was never put on the stand in her capital murder trial. Could questionable ethics and possible Brady violations lead to a repeat of the Michael Morton case?

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Is money standing between those wrongfully convicted and freedom?

November 24, 2012
Is money standing between those wrongfully convicted and freedom?

The Innocence Project of Texas has freed a half dozen wrongfully convicted men through the work of volunteers. They claim the prison gates might swing open for more inmates if they had more money to underwrite their legal investigations.

The DNA test that set Johnny Pinchback free after 27 years behind bars wasn’t due to any good faith effort by the state.

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Family of Darlie Routier believes that DNA testing could prove her innocence

November 24, 2012
Family of Darlie Routier believes that DNA testing could prove her innocence

A well-funded state machine claimed Darlie Routier murdered her two little boys and slit her own throat. Costly DNA tests might prove otherwise — but even if she could afford it, the state might not allow it.

Mesquite, Texas — Darlie Kee settles into a chair at the Salt Grass Steak House by Town East Mall, blending in with the after-church crowd and a large group noisily celebrating a birthday.

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Forensics expert disagrees with state’s version of events in Routier case

October 31, 2012
Forensics expert disagrees with state’s version of events in Routier case

Forensics expert Terry Laber was poised to challenge the state’s expert blood spatter witness — a man whose credibility has since come under question. But Darlie Routier’s lead defense attorney never called him to testify. Fifteen years after a jury sentenced Routier to die, the public can read the viewpoint the jury never got to hear.

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When justice sleeps

October 13, 2012

After a long, bitter battle with Keller school officials in Tarrant County over the needs of her autistic, suicidal son, Sheryl Kaminsky hoped that a due process hearing would finally wake them up.

Turns out, she couldn’t even wake up the judge.

Larry Craddock, a special education hearing judge in a case brought by Kaminsky and her partner Donna Harvey on behalf of their son Ryan, slept during critical testimony over several days of proceedings in Keller.

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Questions raised by extensive notes kept at Routier trial

October 13, 2012
Questions raised by extensive notes kept at Routier trial

Sandy Aitken’s incessant note-taking during the murder trial of her nephew’s wife, Darlie Routier, agitated prosecutors and even the judge. Chronicled in the 405 handwritten pages is her perspective of the controversial trial, including perspectives not chronicled in the official court transcript.

SPRINGTOWN — The turn onto Carter Road from FM 51 North about 11 miles from the Parker County Courthouse is like passing through a time portal.

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Revisiting Routier: Tale of the Tape

October 6, 2012
Revisiting Routier: Tale of the Tape

DALLAS, Texas – It was a hot day for an exhumation – a Friday afternoon in September, when summer refused to take its dying breath.

The witnesses gathered in a room on the fifth floor of the Frank Crowley Courts Building in the city where a president had been assassinated and two goliath newspapers had once fiercely competed.

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