Cooke County DA run-off heats up

By: Emi Fitzgerald Email
By: Emi Fitzgerald Email

COOKE COUNTY, TX - There's heated debate in the race for the Cooke County District Attorney. A runoff is scheduled for April 8th between Janice Warder and incumbent Cindy Stormer.

But a recent judge's findings puts the spotlight on Warder and she says the timing seems suspicious. Here's Emi Fitzgerald.

"The law is blind but it shouldn't be deaf, dumb, and stupid."

"I certainly believe that a prosecutor needs to always see that to the best of their ability justice is done. And I believe that's what I have always done."

But a Dallas County District Judge says Janice Warner did not follow some of those rules in a case from 1986.

Warder served as the lead prosecutor in the trial of Clay Chabot. He was accused of raping and murdering Galua Crosby in Garland.

A jury convicted Chabot, sentencing him to prison. His brother-in-law, Gerald Pabst said at the time he was not involved in the assault.

Now DNA evidence points him to the scene. “Hhe was a very skilled liar. He was able to pass a polygraph that was the only technology we had then. I certainly wish we had the DNA technology in 1986."

A Dallas County District Judge stated Warder did not disclose all of the evidence, including another polygraph test that could have showed Pabst's involvement in the crime.

"I think she owes an explanation to the people that she seeks support from the people in Cooke County because it's so egregious."

Warder went on to be promoted within the Dallas County DA's office, then served 14 years as a district judge before Democrats swept through 43 offices in 2006.

But Stormer says these accusations point to potential problems if Warder were a Cooke County prosecutor.

"You have to ask what credibility can she ever have in Cooke County given that she has this in her past."

So why is this happening now, when the crime was committed 20 years ago? Chabot's attorneys have been filing paperwork ever since, most recently a few months ago. Since then, Warder moved to Cooke County and now seeks the District Attorney's office.

"That was a case that was 22 years ago. I would imagine Ms. Stormer would rather focus on what happened 22 years ago in Dallas County rather than the mess she's got in the Cooke County courthouse right now."

But both women say they are the best person for the job. “We've been prosecuting 200 more felonies each year than my predecessor with the same budget and the same staff."

"I have a reputation of being a tough prosecutor, I'm proud of that reputation and that's what I'll be for the citizens of Cooke Co."

No matter the qualifications, voters will decide who takes the third floor office in the courthouse. The runoff is April 8th. Early voting begins March 31st.

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  • by Roger L. White Location: Valley View on Apr 9, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    Runoff results:Janice Warder, 2,058 votes (67.72%). Cindy Stormer 981 votes (32.28%). Janice Warder not only held onto the 49% of the votes she received in the primary election, but she added the 16% Chris Fostel received in the primary and 2% more just for good measure. Apparently all the cowards, kooks, and liars supporting Stormer were unable to fool the voters. The Wicked Witch is dead!
  • by person Location: Cooke County on Apr 4, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    I am angry at the attacks launched by Cindy Stormer and the cookecitizen group. She should have more integrity than to allow her fisrt assistant d.a to devote an entire website to attacking our District Judge. This just doesn't seem right to me. Mrs. Stormer and her staff can't seem to get along with any of the agencies they have to deal with on a daily basis. Maybe this is why we need a change. I can't figure out if Mrs. Stormer runs her office,her campaig, or anything else for that matter. It appears she left that to her staff and the cookecitizens group and they have run it off in the ditch.
  • by Resident Location: Ginesville on Apr 3, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    Roger L White: I may be dumb, but I am not stupid enough to give you my name. We have seen your attacks on those who disagree with you and I do not intend to join your growing crowd. However, I did spell the name incoretley for the Judge. He knows you quite well. The last time I talked to District Judge Herb Marsh jr, El Paso County, Texas (2/24/2004) he said that you were banned from his courtroom for making racial slurs when you were the Assistant District Attorney, El Paso, Texas. This was reported in the El Paso Herald-Post (7/16/1996) & in the Houston Chronicle (9/25/1996)to name two newspapers. Then the El Paso Times picked up the story. "The DA met with White and White resigned July 18 effective September 1,1996." Haverkamp Hired Roger White, About 1997, as her Assistant District Attorney, Cooke County, Texas. He resigned to run against Cindy Stormer in 2004 and was soundly defeated. Now you know why White loves Cindy Srormer!
  • by Roger L. White Location: Valley View on Mar 30, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    There is now have another posting attacking me by one of the cowards supporting Cindy Stormer. Like most of Stomrer's supporters, "Resident" is ashamed to have his or her real name associated with our incompetent DA. Also, just to prove that this person does not know what he or she is talking about, there was no Judge "Herb Martin" in El Paso. Check it out for yourself. That fact by itself proves that "Resident" is reporting information obtained from someone else, of which he or she has no personal knowledge. If "Resident" is they guy I think he is, he and his wife are known liars. The erroneous information was likely obtained from Stormer's campaign, and it is no surprise that said information is wrong. You can see from the way that Stormer and her assistants handle their trials that they often have their information wrong. That is a result of poor trial preparation.
  • by Resident Location: Gainesville on Mar 28, 2008 at 06:01 PM
    Roger White is an authority on the District Attorney Office. When he was the Assistant D.A. in El Paso, he was banned from pracicing in Herb Martin's District court, El Paso, Texas July, 1996. He left El Paso and came 600 miles East to Gainesville to run against Cindy Stormer. Unfortunately, He did not go far enough because a Drug Enforcement Agent knew that he was here. Now we have another person (Warder) with baggage who left Dallas to get out of hot water in the Dallas County Court system. Stop coming! We have more than enough in our peaceful county.
  • by resident Location: Gainesville on Mar 27, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    The staff Mrs. Warder brings couldn't be anymore incompetent than Stormers staff. And I'm quite sure they would have more morals and values. It sickens me to see the levels that Mrs. Stormer and her coherts stoop to in order to get a vote. I think they're under the assumption if you through enough mud some of it has to stick, well they might get a drop or two on Mrs. Warder, but they come out of it covered from head to toe!
  • by Roger L. White Location: Valley View on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    Here is more news from the Aggravated Assault trial Stormer's office handled this week. (Of course, Stormer had charged the defendant with a more serious offense than he should have been charged with.) The jury not only refused to find the Defendant guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, but after finding him guilty of a misdemeanor they also refused to give him jail time or probation. The result is that a defendant originally charged by Stormer with a second degree felony, which carries from 2 to 20 years in the penitentiary, walked out of court with only a $1,000 fine. Of course, Stormer wasn't there for most of the trial. She did her usual disappearing act after voir dire. In answer to "Citizen", what I will get is a better county government and a better criminal justice system after Stormer is defeated. As I said in my earlier posting, Stormer and her office don't have a clue regarding which cases to indict, plead, or try.
  • by ANGRY!!!! Location: OAK RIDGE on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:09 PM
  • by Roger L. White Location: Valley View on Mar 27, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    To Citizen: You call me a liar, but you don't have the guts to even list your name. I will be more than glad to meet with you in person to discuss whether I am a liar or not. Just let me know the time and place and we will see who is the liar.
  • by Citizen Location: Gainesville on Mar 27, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    Mr. White, what do you have to gain in this race you are not in. It must be a lot from the way you are spreading the lies and skewing the truth. You can spin all you want but I know a liar when I see and hear one. And in my opinion is a very accomplished liar. Also in my opinion I believe Ms. Warder to be incompetent both as a Judge and prosecutor. And if elected she will bring in a completely incompetent staff. Mr. White, are you one of those? Is that what you have to gain?
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