Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

New Dallas DA fires eight prosecutors (Democrats take over and purge)
Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/28/06 | AP

Posted on 12/29/2006 11:46:40 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat

First Democrat to hold spot since '86 has said he plans no major overhaul

DALLAS — The newly elected Dallas County district attorney fired eight of his top prosecutors, and at least nine others are resigning before he assumes the post on Monday.

Craig Watkins, the county's first black district attorney and the first Democrat to hold the office since 1986, sent termination notices to the eight prosecutors Wednesday.

Watkins' election in November was part of a Democratic resurgence in Dallas County that saw the party take 42 judicial races and six other countywide offices. Watkins, a longtime defense attorney, has said he does not plan a major overhaul of the office and that employees who share his philosophy will be welcomed.

"I do not have a comment, and (Watkins) is still enjoying his holiday," said Watkins' campaign manager, Gloria James.

Those receiving pink slips included Gary Arey, the head of the juvenile division; Howard Blackmon, the head of family violence and child abuse prosecutors; and Tom D'Amore, who oversees nine felony courts as a division chief.

D'Amore said he was surprised by his termination because Watkins had told him his job was safe.

"I feel I did a good job for the DA's office, and I'll do a good job wherever I end up," D'Amore said.

Watkins also fired the office's chief prosecutor of child abuse cases, the public integrity chief and two deputy chiefs for misdemeanors. Watkins delivered the termination notices to retiring District Attorney Bill Hill, who notified the affected employees personally.

One of the prosecutors who's leaving the office voluntarily is Toby Shook, the felony trial bureau chief who lost to Watkins in the Nov. 7 election.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dallascounty; demcorruption
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last
Shades of Bill Clinton when he took office.

Telling that the Dallas Morning News buries this on WFAA's website under 'Regional Roundup':

http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/tv/stories/DN-regionalrdp_29met.ART.West.Edition1.3e7ef07.html

1 posted on 12/29/2006 11:46:42 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

Can't have any "loose cannons" looking in all the right places.........


2 posted on 12/29/2006 11:50:40 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
D'Amore said he was surprised by his termination because Watkins had told him his job was safe.

If true, nice new DA they've got there...

3 posted on 12/29/2006 11:50:40 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

How many fired were white?

How many hired will be black?


4 posted on 12/29/2006 11:50:50 AM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mewzilla

His "job" was safe. He, however, wasn't........


5 posted on 12/29/2006 11:51:13 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

Exactly what the Bush administration should have done within their first three months in office; throw out the enemy within.

The country has paid ever since for the failure to do so.


6 posted on 12/29/2006 11:51:43 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help m)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
Dallas TX Crime Statistics (2005 Crime Data)

Dallas needs its collective head examined.

7 posted on 12/29/2006 11:52:00 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimRed

"The country has paid ever since for the failure to do so."

Thank goodness, I thought I was the only one.


8 posted on 12/29/2006 11:55:19 AM PST by dsc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
A RAT defense lawyer as DA? Watch out for a huge increase in prosecutions of "hate crimes".
9 posted on 12/29/2006 11:59:21 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mewzilla

2004 statistics

Overall Dallas Crime Index 104,384 crimes per 100,000 people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

that tells me that there are a lot of repeat offenders getting out on bail and being helped by public defenders/defense attys. like the new DA.


10 posted on 12/29/2006 11:59:22 AM PST by sodpoodle (if you can't handle the truth, try satire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
Well, is this "civil service" or political service? How do you fire the staff without "cause"?

My guess, and it's only a guess, is that "diversity" might be a second consideration here.....

11 posted on 12/29/2006 12:00:46 PM PST by traditional1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

Why would he fire "top" prosecutors?


12 posted on 12/29/2006 12:03:31 PM PST by cardinal4
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mewzilla

What did this guy go to school with Nifong?


13 posted on 12/29/2006 12:03:53 PM PST by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

This is the kind of thing that 'Rats do whenever they win and the kind of thing that Republicans can't seem to figure out. If Bush had done this at State, CIA and Justice he'd have cleaned out a ton of Clinton cronies and saved himself alot of trouble down the line. The CIA and State Dept has been running a virtual opposition government to Bush's policies since 9-12-01.


14 posted on 12/29/2006 12:05:13 PM PST by pgkdan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

As long as the replacements are better than the ones terminated and he is a 'law & order' DA ... no problem.


15 posted on 12/29/2006 12:07:02 PM PST by moonman (`)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimRed
>>Exactly what the Bush administration should have done within their first three months in office; throw out the enemy within.

The country has paid ever since for the failure to do so.<<

Yup. Personally I think it was his single dumbest move.

But now that I said that, I include the caveat that it the opinion is based only on the knowledge I have at hand. I do not know what he knows that I do not.
16 posted on 12/29/2006 12:08:13 PM PST by RobRoy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

Nice.

Let the ideological Kristallnacht games begin!


17 posted on 12/29/2006 12:12:32 PM PST by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
His "job" was safe. He, however, wasn't........

LOL. We must learn to parce words.

18 posted on 12/29/2006 12:13:33 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MaxMax

"How many fired were white? How many hired will be black?"

Hey, now! No finding out about the truth.

It's justice, you know. Firing whitey.


19 posted on 12/29/2006 12:14:07 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: moonman
FWIW....

Craig Watkins: The Deadbeat

Ruh roh...

20 posted on 12/29/2006 12:14:17 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
Sounds like the basis for a wrongfull termination suit.
21 posted on 12/29/2006 12:14:40 PM PST by taxcontrol
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RobRoy

I live in the Dallas suburbs and I can tell you that the City of Dallas has lost it's way. Last I heard, I don't think violent crime is too bad but crime in general is one of the worst in the nation. Most conservatives have fled to the outlying areas where you can still go for a walk after dark. The mayor is a joke. I never go downtown unless it's to a Stars or Mavericks game. It's a shame. I still love being in Texas but I'm no longer proud of the city in which I was raised.


22 posted on 12/29/2006 12:17:07 PM PST by blueraven40
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: JimRed

Too true, too true............


23 posted on 12/29/2006 12:17:39 PM PST by pctech
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: mewzilla

Pretty much. I did a comparison with other large metro areas, and Dallas seems to be a crime ridden area. They make LA look like kindergarten.


24 posted on 12/29/2006 12:18:47 PM PST by farlander
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

Republican Bloodbath in Dallas County

Dems sweep 42 judicial races and 6 other county wide offices

The GOP took Dallas County in 1986 and held it for 20 years

25 posted on 12/29/2006 12:20:28 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: mewzilla

Thanks for the link. If his past was that bad ... the future doesn't look rosy.


26 posted on 12/29/2006 12:21:54 PM PST by moonman (`)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: blueraven40

Do you suppose that it was the demographics within the city that got him elected? Or did he promise some sort of "law & order" pledge?

BTW: Welcome to FreeRepublic!


27 posted on 12/29/2006 12:24:50 PM PST by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

Goody goody republicans just do not understand...this IS war!

They think politics is just some sort of game or hoby played for social status within their crowd. Democrats see politics as a war to gain control of the culture and law of this land.

Democrats want power.

Republicans want prestige (which means they lose their prestige if they play too "unfair")


28 posted on 12/29/2006 12:25:21 PM PST by Mark Felton ("Wisdom is supreme...and though it cost all you have, get understanding" -- Proverbs 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blueraven40

Wow. You just described Detroit.


29 posted on 12/29/2006 12:26:29 PM PST by RobRoy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: sodpoodle

Dallas Population: 1188580
Male Population: 598991
Female Population: 589589
Households: 451833
Median Age: 30
Average Household Size: 2.5


30 posted on 12/29/2006 12:28:03 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

Good!! That's the way it should be. If Bush had it to do over I bet he would have purged the State Dept. the FBI and CIA, US Atty's office of all non civil service political appointees. Instead Bush came in saying he's a good guy and they turned around and screwed him. Hope the Pubbies learn a lesson and start growing a back bone, I'm afraid they'll continue to be "wussies".


31 posted on 12/29/2006 12:28:27 PM PST by KenmcG414
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

Democrats are smarter about holding power than Republicans. Of course he's going to purge. Any sane officeholder would.

Leave it to Republicans to win the office, but keep the rat infested infrastructure that was there before he got there, and will be there undermining him the entire term, and will be there screwing the public when he is eventually replaced by a Democrat.


32 posted on 12/29/2006 12:28:43 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Ignorance should be painful)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zack Nguyen

I can't parse parce...


33 posted on 12/29/2006 12:28:54 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: KenmcG414
Good!! That's the way it should be.

Exactly. The voters spoke, so turn out the trash.

I would expect no less from an incoming Republican.

34 posted on 12/29/2006 12:30:34 PM PST by Wormwood (I'm with you in Rockland)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Old Professer

I think your addl figures indicate that 20% of the male population of Dallas is committing 1.5 crimes each or there are a huge number of repeat offenders loose on the streets of Dallas.


35 posted on 12/29/2006 12:32:40 PM PST by sodpoodle (if you can't handle the truth, try satire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
Craig Watkins, the county's first black district attorney and the first Democrat to hold the office since 1986, sent termination notices to the eight prosecutors Wednesday.

In the absence of malfeasance claims by the new DA, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume these are strictly Democrat-tribe vs. Republican-tribe terminations. Which suggests that this guy's focus is on party and perks, rather than on crime. The fact that he was a defense attorney does not discourage me in this prejudice.

I conclude that this clown and the city of Dallas will be rewarded with a skyrocketing crime rate, for which the DA will blame everyone except himself and the criminals. Just call me Nostra-freaking-damus.

36 posted on 12/29/2006 12:37:58 PM PST by SamuraiScot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rockrr
Thanks, good to be here. To the best of my knowledge it was the heavy minority population in Dallas that placed the new DA and many other democrats in office. They have been talking for years about "getting tough" with no effect from what I can tell. There are still conservative pockets inside the city limits but their political influence has diminished over the years. After the next Presidential election I'll be curious to see if Dallas County is red or blue. I was red last time but not by much.
37 posted on 12/29/2006 12:38:06 PM PST by blueraven40
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: dsc

Oh, no.. you are far from alone. All the people thinking there is no difference between Hillary and any of our GOP candidates has no clue about what Hillary did to the FBI, Justice, State, IRS, etc.


38 posted on 12/29/2006 1:01:46 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: RobRoy; blueraven40

I'm afraid he described almost every liberal large city in the country, with the possible exception of NYC (thanks to Rudy G)...


39 posted on 12/29/2006 1:03:58 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
Telling that the Dallas Morning News buries this on WFAA's website under 'Regional Roundup':

Actually the DMN ran it as a front page story and it led most of the local newscasts yesterday.

This may be a good thing. New blood isn't always a bad thing in a DA's office. Also this is 17 dismissals in an office of approx 200 prosecutors so it's not like he's cleaning out all the experienced people. I'll take a wait and see attitude on this one.
40 posted on 12/29/2006 1:13:27 PM PST by The Lumster (USA - where the innocent have nothing to fear!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

To the victor the spoils.

As long as prosecutors, judges and other functional employees of our local, state and federal goobermint are elected with party affiliation, that's how it's gonna work.


41 posted on 12/29/2006 1:27:20 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Lumster

Thanks, I now see what I did wrong in the Google News search of www.dallasnews.com. Doesn't help that the DALLAS Morning News oddly placed the story in "Texas/Southwest" instead of the "Local" section that I had searched to no avail.

But no, this is not a good thing. Craig Watkins is just another corrupt flunky of the S. Dallas political mafia, see post #20. He doesn't have to fire the entire staff to get the intended effect, just the top-level gatekeepers. Given how so many of his political 'posse' have been convicted or are under investigation by the FBI, this is not a good sign. Especially with his comments about how "An attack on one of us (S. Dallas political mafia) is an attack on all of us."


42 posted on 12/29/2006 1:34:38 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (An easy 10-team playoff based on the BCS bowls can be implemented by next year. See my homepage.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: MaxMax

I was thinking the same thing. I would bet a lot of Howard university graduates will end up there.

I remember when the balcks used to complain about the White "Good old Boy Syndrome" Well: I have seen the black "Good Old Leroy" syndrome and believe me folks Whites cant hold a candle to it.


43 posted on 12/29/2006 1:42:44 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: moonman

He declared himself a "progressive" during the campaign. Few are exactly sure what that means, but I don't think it translates to "law and order". As an attorney friend of mine said the day after the election, looks like more crime and less time......


44 posted on 12/29/2006 1:48:26 PM PST by Chesner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

Comment #45 Removed by Moderator

To: Diddle E. Squat

this is what you are supposed to do when you win.


46 posted on 12/29/2006 1:50:50 PM PST by oceanview
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat

"Watkins also fired ... the public integrity chief ..."

Yep, don't need no integrity now the Democrats be in charge.


47 posted on 12/29/2006 2:15:24 PM PST by RicocheT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sodpoodle

I read it as 8484 per hundred thousand.


48 posted on 12/29/2006 2:30:43 PM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: gcruse; Old_Professor

"I read it as 8484 per hundred thousand"

That's because you are smarter than the average sodpoodle!I am signing off this thread in total humiliation....cannot claim to be dyslexic.....just dumb:(

Go back to your studies!


49 posted on 12/29/2006 3:01:20 PM PST by sodpoodle (if you can't handle the truth, try satire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Diddle E. Squat
D'Amore said he was surprised by his termination because Watkins had told him his job was safe.

Thats what you get for taking a Democrat at his word.

50 posted on 12/29/2006 4:35:12 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson