One prosecutor was fired and another resigned the same day, but officials aren’t saying whether the shake-up at the district attorney’s office is related to recent allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.
Reese Campbell was terminated and Jon Hall resigned Monday, Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady confirmed Tuesday. Roady declined further comment on the matter.
Campbell worked for the district attorney’s office for nearly five years. His separation of employment was listed as involuntary and without cause, according to documentation released Tuesday from the county’s Human Resources Department.
Hall, who began his career with the office in 2009, gave written notice of his resignation, which became effective at the close of business Monday.
Both men faced accusations that they withheld evidence in criminal cases. In a July 2011 robbery trial, 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss claimed Hall “secreted” evidence, including a 911 tape, from defense attorney Jyll Rekoff. Criss ordered the jury to acquit the defendant.
At the time, Roady denied the claim, saying his staff never withheld the tape from the defense. Roady also implemented a new policy that required the documentation of what is provided to defense attorneys.
Last week, defense attorney Mark Stevens filed a dismissal motion in a criminal case that accused Campbell of prosecutorial misconduct, stating a lawyer cannot knowingly offer or use evidence that he knows to be false. The motion led to a mistrial. The defendant, however, reached a plea bargain and received no jail time in connection with the fracturing of her newborn’s skull.
Roady said last week he disagreed with the allegation of prosecutorial misconduct, but he said the prosecutor should have disclosed the witness’ additional statement to the defense before trial.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Galveston prosecutors terminated following misconduct allegations
A pair of prosecutors in Galveston accused of prosecutorial misconduct had their employment terminated this week, reported the Galveston Daily News, though the District Attorney's office gave no reason for their dismissals. The story opened ("Two prosecutors out at DA's office," Oct. 3):