Bruce Isaacks (right), as Denton County district attorney in 2004, refused to prosecute a police officer who had been indicted on a murder charge for his wife's death.The full story is well worth reading.
Medical authorities concluded that the woman had committed suicide, Isaacks swore then and later. The medical authorities swore that wasn't so, and after Isaacks was voted out of office, jurors finally got to hear the evidence. They convicted the cop of murder last year.
Now, finally, there's going to be an investigation of whether Isaacks committed perjury, Donna Fielder of the Denton Record-Chronicle reports today. She has dogged this story for years, with Isaacks denying wrongdoing all the while.
Donna's report made me think of a story my DMN colleague Reese Dunklin and I did in 2002. It looked at how Isaacks failed to prosecute two other well-connected men who were accused of domestic violence.
One of my favorite parts: Isaacks said he didn't prosecute one of the guys because a conviction could cost him his bail bond license. "There was going to be a disproportionate impact on that old boy," Isaacks told us. "He was going to lose his ability to earn a living."
Friday, April 30, 2010
Did DA commit perjury to protect wife-murdering cop?
Via the DMN Investigates Blog: