Prosecutorial Discretion


What was said:

"The case was a difficult one for the state," the prosecutor said in a statement. "We relied heavily upon the testimony of a previously convicted felon and evidence of an ongoing drug transaction. We believe, however, that it was important to prosecute murder as murder wherever it occurs within Tarrant County even if we don't approve of the circumstances."

What  I hear:

"We really didn't have a lot of evidence this guy did it," the prosecutor said. "As the government, we supported a witness who apparently couldn't be believed because he's a convicted felon who is still committing felonies. We believe, however, that when you've got a dead body we might as well try to convict someone of murder even with evidence like this."