Texas rejects new trial for killer despite affair between judge and prosecutor

The question of whether a romantic relationship between a judge and prosecutor is unfair won’t be decided by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

The issue in the capital murder case of Charles Dean Hood roiled the legal community last summer, but the Court ruled Wednesday it would not consider the issue because defense attorneys did not raise it initially.

Defense attorney David Dow called the decision by Texas’ highest criminal court “gutless.”

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