Only three years after a
rogue lawman abetted by Swisher County authorities rounded up 43 people
-- all but six of the black -- on false drug charges in the Texas Panhandle
town of Tulia, the state of Texas has moved to investigate the incident.
In the meantime, most of the Tulia defendants remain behind bars, despite
the discrediting of the undercover investigator responsible for the arrests,
a national media outcry over the bust's apparent racism and the failure
of prosecutors to win convictions in the latest cases.
Texas Attorney General John
Cornyn, who is running for the US Senate this year, announced on Monday
that he had ordered a state investigation opened after a federal Justice
Department investigation has bogged down due to apparent lack of interest.
Justice Department spokespersons said the investigation was still alive,
but from all signs it is comatose.
Cornyn asked the Justice
Department to allow state investigators to review the federal case, but
the Justice Department has yet to respond, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Cornyn said he didn't want to step on federal toes, but that the state
investigation would look at whether violations of state law occurred.
Ironically, Cornyn's office
is charged with defending the state in federal court against a habeas corpus
petition filed by one of the imprisoned Tulia defendants. Cornyn
said the habeas corpus appeal would not interfere with the state investigation.
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Issue #252, 8/30/02
Editorial: War Crimes Against Patients | Incarceration Nation: US Population Under Correctional Control Hits New Record | Not All Students Will Start School This Week -- Tens of Thousands Lose Aid Due to Drug Convictions | Initiative Foes Play Hardball in Michigan -- Effort Threatened by Certification Board, Conyers Calls for Investigation of Federal Lobbying | RAVE Act Opponents Gear Up | More Black Men in Prison Than College, Study Finds | Dr. Hurwitz Calls It Quits: Leading National Pain Management Physician to Close Practice, Cites Fear of Feds | The (F)Utility of DAWN: Experts Look at the Drug Abuse Warning Network | Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Publishes Comprehensive, Nationwide Guide to Clemency | Medical Marijuana Through the Ages: New Info on MarijuanaInfo.org | Offer: Tapes of Stossel Legalization Special Now Available | Newsbrief: Texas Opens Belated Investigation into Tulia Bust | Newsbrief: New Hampshire Cop Wants to Seize College Dorm After Drug Raid | Newsbrief: Western Washington US Attorney Solicits Marijuana Cases, No Bust Too Small | Newsbrief: Canadian Cops Call for National Drug Strategy, Oppose Legalization | Newsbrief: Canada Medical Marijuana Battles Continue -- Protests in Toronto, Minister Changes Tune | Newsbrief: Drug Raid Leads to Mini-Riot in Minneapolis | Newsbrief: Oklahoma Governor Overrules Parole Board, Orders Man Held for Life for Cocaine Possession | Newsbrief: Vietnam Beefs Up Customs Drug Budget | Newsbrief: Asian Speed Shows Up, Feds Feed USA Today "New Drug" Story | Demos Fellowships in Criminal Justice and Democracy Reform | Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision | The Reformer's Calendar
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