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A previous post addressed a tragic story regarding a long incarcerated man in Texas. Accused of murdering his wife over 25-years ago, this Texas man was prosecuted by a now Texas judge. Per accounts that surfaced later, this man was wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife, at least in part, due to the failure of the prosecutor to bring forth evidence in his possession, which tended to exonerate the accused man.

As a result of the aforementioned antics, this Texas man was sent to prison for nearly 25 years. In 2011, he was released due to a vigorous criminal defense after DNA evidence revealed he in fact did not kill his wife. Since that time, the details of why the man was wrongfully convicted have slowly unraveled.

Which brings us to today, where the now Texas judge was recently disbarred and accepted a plea deal requiring him to serve 10 days in jail and complete 500 hours of community service for his wrongdoing. The former judge faced 10 years in prison, if convicted.

There is no question the state of Texas is tough on crime. Yet, there are also expectations that the criminal system is a just and fair one. When instances, such as the suppression of relevant evidence surface, questions as to the justness of a criminal system do arise.

This is why, when facing any criminal accusation, it is important to take the potential conviction serious. Obtaining vigorous legal representation can result in proper defenses.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Former Texas prosecutor gets jail for conviction that sent innocent man to prison," Paul J. Weber, Nov. 8, 2013.

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