Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Update on capital case involving alleged judge/prosecutor affair
Yesterday's scheduled execution was stayed (see here, with some great commentary by my friend Larry Fox), but the fight to do the right thing is far from over. Keep an eye on Legal Profession Blog for more updates--the folks there have been doing a great job watching this case.
I don't know anything about the underlying crimes of which Mr. Hood is accused. That's a separate issue from whether his original trial was conducted under outrageously biased conditions. It would be difficult to imagine a more biased set of circumstances than a judge sleeping with the prosecutor in the case. Each ruling--each judgment call--in the case is inherently suspect.
Here's a new question: if any attorney in the case had actual knowledge of the relationship between the judge and the prosecutor, didn't that attorney have a duty to report the judge and the prosecutor for ethics violations?