Dallas D.A. and Judge Battle It Out In Court

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Collin County District Attorney John Roach has filed criminal charges against a state district judge, her campaign manager and two others, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The indictment is the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Judge Suzanne Wooten and Roach, and stems from her defeat of longtime incumbent Judge Charles Sandoval in the 2008 Republican Primary. After the 2008 election, Sandoval met with district attorney staff and accused Wooten of improprieties, which led to an investigation of possible campaign violations by Wooten.

According to the indictments, David Cary and Stacy Stine Cary are accused of making $150,000 in contributions to her election campaign, in exchange for favorable treatment her 380th District Court, should she be elected. At the time, the Carys were involved in court case involving David Cary’s ex-wife and children in the 380th District.

In September, a grand jury impaneled by Wooten requested a special prosecutor to investigate “possible criminal wrongdoing” in Roach’s office. More recently, Roach announced that he would not submit cases to the grand jury overseen by Wooten, and that he planned to resubmit more than 100 indictments made by that grand jury to a new panel.

The Dallas Morning News

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