Articles by Pamela Colloff
Jan 13, 2017 — By Pamela Colloff
During the 2016 presidential campaign, much of the mainstream media failed to understand voters in Middle America. Not Dan Rather. His early recognition of Trump’s viability, and a late embrace of social media, has made the 85-year-old Wharton native more relevant than ever.
Aug 11, 2016 — By Pamela Colloff
Evangelist Lester Roloff drew a line in the dirt to keep the State of Texas from regulating his Rebekah Home for Girls. Years later, then-govenor George W. Bush handed Roloff's disciples a long-sought victory. But this Alamo had no heroes—only victims.
Aug 2, 2016 — By Pamela Colloff
At 11:48 a.m. on August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman began firing his rifle from the top of the University of Texas Tower at anyone and everyone in his sights. At 1:24 p.m., he was gunned down himself. The lives of the people who witnessed the sniper’s spree firsthand would never be the same again.
Feb 10, 2016 — By Pamela Colloff
In the 56 years since Irene Garza's murder, there has only been one suspect: John Feit, the priest who heard her last confession.
Jun 12, 2015 — By Pamela Colloff
A small measure of justice was served when the State Bar of Texas stripped Charles Sebesta of his law license and formally disbarred him.
Apr 9, 2015 — By Pamela Colloff
Nine years after Hannah Overton’s nightmarish journey through the criminal justice system began, it ended just as abruptly.
The fastest road in America does not cross the Mojave Desert or the big sky country of Montana. Instead, it cuts through an unexceptional stretch of farmland southeast of Austin, where the posted speed limit on Texas Highway 130 jumps to 85 miles per hour. The so-called Texas Autobahn…
Feb 6, 2015 — By Pamela Colloff
In a 5-4 ruling on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry across the country. Here is the story of two women who fought for that historic decision in Texas—and helped to make it a reality.
Jan 9, 2015 — By Pamela Colloff
The famously conservative court surprises everyone by signaling it might overturn the ban.
Sep 30, 2014 — By Pamela Colloff
Dusty Burke, now a partner at the prestigious firm Vinson & Elkins, talks about graduating from law school during an era when women were not expected to use their degrees.
Sep 17, 2014 — By Pamela Colloff
And now the Nueces County DA must decide whether to retry her.
Jul 6, 2014 — By Pamela Colloff
The State Bar of Texas has found “just cause” to pursue disciplinary action against Charles Sebesta, the district attorney who sent Graves to death row.
Feb 26, 2014 — By Pamela Colloff
At a recent campaign event for Ricardo Rodriguez, a former district judge who is running to replace Rene Guerra as Hidalgo County’s district attorney, Edinburg mayor Richard Garcia took to the podium to warm up an already enthusiastic crowd. Garcia offered boilerplate campaign rhetoric, trumpeting the 41-year-old candidate’s accomplishments…
Jan 20, 2014 — By Pamela Colloff
Graves will formally ask the State Bar of Texas to take action against Charles Sebesta, the former district attorney who sent him to death row.
Dec 18, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
Anthony Graves was wrongfully convicted of capital murder in a trial where the prosecutor, Charles Sebesta, withheld evidence that could have helped prove Graves’s innocence. So why hasn’t Sebesta been held accountable for his egregious misconduct?
Nov 14, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
What will an independent audit of Anderson’s old criminal cases turn up?
Oct 16, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
Graves used funds he received from the state for his wrongful conviction to set up a law school scholarship in the name of Nicole Cásarez, the Houston attorney and journalism professor who fought for eight years to secure his freedom.
Sep 26, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
After endless denial of wrongdoing, Ken Anderson, who put Michael Morton behind bars for 25 years for a crime he did not commit, resigned from the bench days before his own civil trial was set to start.
Apr 19, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
Arrest warrant is issued for former Williamson County district attorney Ken Anderson, the man who prosecuted Michael Morton and helped put him in prison for nearly 25 years for a crime he didn't commit.
Mar 27, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
“The big monster with the big mustache” is sentenced to life in prison.
Mar 19, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
Prosecutors say they will prove that Norwood sold a .45 pistol that was stolen from the Morton home.
Mar 6, 2013 — By Pamela Colloff
UPDATED: A Brownsville construction worker named Manuel Velez was sent to death row in 2008 after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s baby. Five years later, new testimony from a number of forensic experts suggests that the medical evidence against Velez was deeply flawed. Now he may receive the chance to prove his innocence.
The final day of the court of inquiry into alleged prosecutorial misconduct by former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson ended with the man who helped put Michael in prison for 25 years for a crime he didn't commit calling the accusations against him "so bogus it’s unreal.”
Ken Anderson, the former Williamson County D.A. who prosecuted Michael, will essentially go on trial as the subject of a “court of inquiry,” an arcane legal procedure used to investigate possible wrongdoing by state officials.