David Kirkpatrick

January 12, 2008

Doing good in Dallas

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:11 pm

I must give some praise for my hometown district attorney — Dallas County DA Craig Watkins. He won the job in a recent municipal election that swept Democrats into what had previously been a very GOP-centric judicial system.

He’s a trailblazer in many ways, not least of which is being the first black DA in Texas. What really sets Watkins apart, though, is alongside fighting local crime he’s also focused on undoing the past wrongs of his office (link goes to Google search).

Watkins is working with the Innocence Project to set free the innocent sent behind bars by DAs past. Thirteen people have been exonerated in Dallas County since 2001 and Watkins has a task force looking into more than 350 additional past convictions.