A judge in Texas has recommended that the claim of an unfair trial brought by death row inmate Charles Hood should go forward because the trial judge and prosecutor had a secret romantic relationship that they hid from the defendant before, during, and after his trial. CBS News Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen reported on the story, writing, “Hood's judge and prosecutor lied, over and over again, to hide their affair. Any blame for the delay in bringing justice to Hood is their fault, not his, and Texas would be better off acknowledging that now.” Judge Brewer of the Collin County District Court found that the trial judge and prosecutor, "wrongfully withheld relevant information from defense counsel prior to and during the trial, the direct appeal, the state habeas proceedings, the federal habeas proceedings, and the successive state habeas proceedings." He recommended that Hood be granted a new trial.
The case will now be reviewed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Cohen’s full article may be read below: