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Reasons to investigate

August 13, 2016

When serious, repeat allegations of improper prosecutorial conduct in a case emerge, the district attorney’s office owes it to the public to launch an internal investigation, especially in a death penalty case where the stakes are so high. Carty’s conviction rested in part on the testimony of a co-defendant and a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent. Retired DEA Special Agent Charles Mathis specifically accused the lead prosecutor with threatening to cross-examine him in open court about an “invented affair” he was supposed to have had with the defendant. Judging by the response from Assistant District Attorney Roe Wilson, who handles capital appeals for the office, sworn affidavits signed by key witnesses alleging prosecutorial misconduct are common for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.



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