It’s a rule everyone learns in kindergarten: You can’t cheat to win.
It’s not a hard rule to remember or to follow…except for some prosecutors.
Several years ago, I was co-counsel with Dick DeGuerin in a high-profile murder case. As the evidence unfolded, it became apparent that not only was our client innocent, but there was strong evidence pointing to who actually committed the murder.
Kelly Sigler, who earned a reputation for being one of Texas’ most aggressive prosecutors and who later starred in the television show “Cold Justice,” was the prosecutor in the case. She was known to cut corners and push the envelope, and for going over the line.
And true to form, that is exactly what she did in our client’s case.
Last week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals finally acknowledged what those of us on the defense side had long known—Kelly Sigler was a cheater. She hid exculpatory evidence from us in our murder trial. Because she cheated, our client is now getting a new trial.
Here is the recent ruling from the court of Criminal Appeals:
“Judge Gist conducted a two-and-a-half-month writ hearing, which involved lengthy examination of over 30 witnesses and over 200 exhibits. He prepared Findings of Fact and Conclusion of Law addressing each of Applicant’s claims for relief. We agree with the habeas judge’s recommendation. Relief is granted.”
Click here to read the full ruling.
We are thrilled to see justice finally being served in this case. However, this is only the beginning of the road to justice. The newly elected District Attorney needs to dismiss this case, and I believe she will. Kelly Sigler needs to lose her law license and compensate our client for all the years he spent in jail. It’s time for her to face some of the cold justice she dished out on her show.
To ensure your right to fair and expert legal representation in your case, contact our Houston criminal defense attorneys if you’ve been charged or are being investigated for a criminal offense. We want to fight for your freedom.