In 2006, District Attorney Tim Cole had a decision to make. The then-chief prosecutor for Montague, Clay and Archer counties had been arrested for drunken driving after a day of July Fourth celebrating at a lake across the state line in Oklahoma.
It didn’t take him long to conclude he could no longer in good conscience continue being the chief law enforcement officer in the community northwest of Dallas. “I had criticized other (prosecutors) in the same situation, and it would have been pretty hypocritical of me not to do what I expected them to do,” he recalled.
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Investigative reporters Eric Dexheimer and Tony Plohetski have written extensively on law enforcement and criminal justice issues, including limited disclosure of information on the sanctioning of state judges, the rarity of Texas hate crime prosecutions and a lack of ethnic and racial diversity on Travis County grand juries.