The Campaign For DA

8.04.2015

Drop The Towel, Sheriff




I like judge Gallagher but this order is a little odd. Legally, I doubt that a district judge can tell a Sheriff how to conduct his book in procedures. Practically, any Sheriff would probably just say, "Ok, fine" we won't do it. Politically, why issue this order to begin with?

(For the curious, Collin County historically uses a towel during book in photos because those photos may later end up in a photo lineup.  The towel prevents clothes from influencing the decision of anyone shown that lineup.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for explaining that towel thing. I always wondered why this started happening.

Triple Fake... said...

pretty sure this case is not going to hinge on somebody picking Paxton out of a lineup

Anonymous said...

but do the towels create a prejudice? I mean, if the line-up contains only Collin Co arrestees I can see this being without prejudice. but you are comparing the photos to driver's license pictures (like many other agencies do with similar blue backgrounds) then the towel could cause a prejudice response.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle is giddy over Judge Gallagher's order.

Baylor Too said...

Isn't that a prima facie violation of equal protection? I mean, EVERY defendant has the right to a fair trial. To each and every defendant, their own case is the highest-profile case there will ever be. But they don't get the special treatment. No----this is proof that justice is different for the rich and powerful.

Anonymous said...

More like drop your pants in Wise County Sheriff's Office Photos.