|Gerry Goldstein, Michael Morton, John Raley and Barry Scheck, via AP|
Courts of inquiry are strange birds - a seldom used, Texas specific vehicle for making an end-run around the DA's office to seek an indictment for alleged criminal wrongdoing without ever having the case heard by a grand jury. Lately, attorneys like my boss Jeff Blackburn from the Innocence Project of Texas (Timothy Cole) and Barry Scheck of the national Innocence Project (Todd Willingham) have sought (with 50-50 success) to use the procedure as a truth-seeking vehicle in posthumous innocence cases. Now Raley, Scheck and Co, hope to use it to punish prosecutorial misonduct. These are mostly uncharted legal waters for all involved, both for the attorneys and Judge Sturns.
What a dramatic hearing that will be! Grits may have to drive up to Cowtown for that one.