New York Times profiles Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins

watkins.jpgPegasus News and Grits for Breakfast site an article in the New York Times that highlights Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' efforts towards reversing and preventing wrongful convictions.

See Pegasus News coverage here .

See New York Times story here

The Times article has a quote from a 1963 jury treatise advising Dallas County prosecutors on jury selection:

Do not take Jews, Negroes, Dagos, Mexicans or members of any minority race on a jury, no matter how rich or well educated.

This was but a few short years ago, and people in this country have the nerve to wonder why black people are so wary of the United States (Un)Justice System.  And just because there are no more whites only signs around the courthouse doesn't mean that the legacy of Jim Crow is not still in the building.   

I admire Craig immensely for all he has done in his short time as Dallas County D.A.  But don't be fooled: Mr. Watkins is getting criminals off the street, and making room for them by getting those who are wrongly convicted out of needed jail cells.  It's refreshing to see someone who works in the justice system that is so interested in…well…justice.  He continues to be present in the community, and through it all he still has time to take his son to basketball practice. 

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