Judge finds Cooke Co. DA candidate broke law

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas judge says a former prosecutor and judge now running for Cooke County district attorney broke the law.

State District Judge Mike Snipes says Janice Warder violated the law by not disclosing evidence favorable to a man accused of raping and killing a woman.

Warder was the lead prosecutor in the case of a 1986 slaying of Galua Crosby in Garland.

She'd previously denied any wrongdoing in the murder trial against Clay Chabot. But in recommending to the Court of Criminal

Appeals that Chabot get a new trial, Snipes found yesterday that Warder failed to turn over statements and discussions to the defense.

The judge found Warder didn't disclose inconsistent statements from Chabot's brother-in-law, Gerald Pabst. Snipes also found Warder didn't reveal discussions with a witness about not being interested in prosecuting him for drug dealing.

Chabot spent 21 years in prison before DNA tests showed that Pabst was the rapist. Pabst had testified that it was Chabot who raped and killed the woman.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News,
http://www.dallasnews.com

We’ll have more on this later today on First News and KXII.com


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  • by Gainesville Location: Gainesville on Apr 5, 2008 at 05:23 PM
    Dear "unbelievable". The key word in your response is FORMER EMPLOYEES, not current employees as is the case with peterson and stormer. There's a big difference, Judge Haverkamp is not expected to have control over former employees. And as for jealousy, I find that rather hilarious when Judge Haverkamp has won every office she's run for, and had a better conviction rate than stormer. Maybe the real subject hear is "sour grapes" on petersons part. Since he was defeated by such a large margin, and from what I read in the paper lately the only words he's hearing in court of late is "NOT GUILTY" "NOT GUILTY". And these words have not come from my "beloved Judge Haverkamp" but from the good jurors of Cooke County. Could this be a case of poor prosecution? Whoops more sour grapes!!
  • by Unbelievable Location: Cooke County on Apr 4, 2008 at 11:26 PM
    Dear "appalled". Maybe your beloved Judge Haverkamp should call off her former employees from atacking Cindy Stormer in the papers and on web sites. That's right, Roger White and Brent Hill used to work for Janelle Havekamp as did Chris Fostel. If I spent a little time on it, I could find a few other former employees of Judge Haverkamp that have attacked Mrs. Stormer. Have you seen any posts from "Fish". Ever considered who that might be that works for the Judge? A lot of this is payback for Cindy Stormer winning the last election and then running the DA's office more efficiently than her predecessor. I wonder if there is some jealousy there? Why don't you go back and look at the letters Roger White has written and the posts he has made, starting with his attack on Cindy Stormer when she almost died of a serious illness? Roger wrote a letter to the editor asking her to pay back her salary to the taxpayers while she was in the hospital. It doesn't get much worse than that.
  • by Gainesville Location: Gainesville on Apr 4, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    I am apalled that Cindy Stormer as Cooke County DA would allow her employee Martin Peterson to have a website that is strictly dedicated to attacking District Judge Janelle Haverkamp. I can't imagine that Judge Haverkamp would allow one of her employees to do the same to Mrs. Stormer. I think this speaks volumes about Mrs.Stormers character. I will happily vote for Janice Warder knowing she will fight the criminals and not the courthouse employees!
  • by Curious Location: Cooke County on Mar 28, 2008 at 12:19 PM
    I'm curious why this page is still available. Channel 5 ran similar article, and now when you click on their link you see this message The article you are trying to view is no longer available through this web site. The content is copyrighted by the AP, which requires nbc5i.com to delete its stories two weeks after they are originally posted. Does this not also apply to channel 12? That's beacuse Channel 5 picked up the story from the AP. We actually reported on it, and our stories stay on our site in archives for years. -Staff
  • by Local Resident Location: Gainesville on Mar 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    First of all please remember and do not ever forget this blog is about Warder and her misconduct and nothing else. Fact, she put a man in jail for 22 years with perjured testimony and she knew it. Fact, she lied in two affidavits to the state court of appeals. Fact she finally admitted she was mistaken in the federal court of appeals. Fact, she was recently found by a Dallas county Judge to have violated the Brady act. This act requires the DA to provide all evidence to the defense that might help the defense. Not only did she not do that but she did not tell the second polygraph technician that there was a first polygraph that Papst passed when he said he was not at the crime scene. This was brought out at the trial in February 2008. In my opinion this is reprehensible behavior for a DA. How many other cases did she do this and get away with?????
  • by local resident Location: Gainesville on Mar 27, 2008 at 02:27 PM
    If you know why the link was removed why don't you tell us. I'm sure it was due to either Roger Whites post giving accurate stats to the d.a. office or mine letting voters know how onesided your website is.And if you hold a DA to a higher standard what about her first DA who has a whole website dedicated to downing our County Judge Janelle Haverkamp. Exactly how does that help our community. It's disgusting and probably a big part of why Cindy Stormer lost last month.I think your group is of the opinion if you throw enough mud some of it will stick, the only problem is in that process you are the ones covered in mud!
  • by Local resident Location: Gainesville on Mar 27, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    Local resident on mar 26. You are slanting things just like Ms. Warder. You have no idea why the link was removed. I know why and you are wrong. Ms Warder got herself in the mud and she created the mess that sent a man to prison for 22 years. I have made a lot of mistakes in my life also but I must hold a person like a DA or a Judge to a much higher standard. In my mind Ms. Warder cannot reach that standard. She has had the most expensive court in Dallas County according to the Dallas Morning News and ranked number 50 out of 52 lawyers in Dallas in her day. I do not want someone like that for the DA of Cooke County.
  • by local resident Location: Gainesville on Mar 26, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    Most of you who are reading this are like me, you've reached this link through the cookecitizen website. There were two links to KXII but one has been removed by the editor/publisher of the fore mentioned website. It seem if comments are posted they don't like they just remove the link, do they maybe have something to hide, or maybe they just don't want voters to hear both sides of the story. I hope those of you reading this can see through the mudslinging and one-sideness and join me in voting for Janice Warder. Read quickly because i'm quite sure this link will soon dissappear also.
  • by James Location: Oak Ridge on Mar 17, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    Warder mired herself in the mud! That Warder can do nothing but make up problems, as though Stormer were not doing the great job she is, tells me that even assuming there was need for a change Warder has no business serving as our felony prosecutor. I see where Stormer's office disposed of 52 cases in the 29 days of February. That seems pretty focused on doing her job to me.
  • by Yolonda Saager Location: Plano on Mar 17, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    My daughter, Jorden Saager, was murdered in Gainesville in 2000. She was only 2. Our case had been dragging until Ms. Stormer came in to office. She knew what needed to be done. With that, finally in 2005, the child murderer was taken off the streets forever. Unfortunately, it took five long years for this horrible monster to be taken off the streets. Can you imagine what would have happened if this monster was still running free? Granted, I am not familiar with all of the politics regarding this race, but I know that if it were any other family that were in my same situation, you would be wanting Justice swiftly. Unfortunately, it wasn't until Ms. Stormer became elected was that final Justice delivered for my baby. She believes in the Law and in the Citzens of Cooke County. It has been 3 years since our trial and I still firmly believe Cindy Stormer should continue to be the District Attorney. She is making changes in the right direction. Not the wrong direction as her opponent.
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