Press Statement
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
September 8, 2008
Contact: Tina Tran, 713-236-0306

Sen. Ellis Urges Fairness for Charles Dean Hood

"I encourage the Governor to act on the recommendation of the Attorney General and delay the execution of Charles Hood until allegations of an affair between the trial judge and prosecutor can be fully investigated and considered by a court. Having an impartial trial judge is a fundamental principle of our criminal justice system and it seems that in this case that basic concept was violated. The prosecutors in this case must follow their obligation to seek justice and must disclose any information they have about the alleged affair. Further, both retired judge Holland and former District Attorney O'Connell have a moral and ethical obligation to speak up and go on the record. They cannot remain silent when a life is on the line. If a Texas court will not intervene to stop this embarrassment, Governor Perry should issue a 30-day reprieve to allow further judicial inquiry into this matter. Charles Hood should not be put to death with such important legal and ethical questions unresolved."