Prosecutors are obligated to release evidence that is favorable to a defendant through a pre-trial discovery rule called Brady disclosure. The term is based on a 1963 Supreme Court case, Brady v. Maryland.
I will be publishing these documents through my personal blog. All names have been redacted. My goal here is to put the spotlight on the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and its system of doing favors for wealthy and well-connected individuals. I am also using this article to describe the lengths that our county-level prosecutors will go to separate children from parents.
This case personally involved me. I recommend brushing up on two past blogs (Obstruction of Justice in Tarrant County and Tarrant County Parental Rights) before continuing.
District Attorney Statement: She was asking if the case was appropriate for an indictment on a stalking charge.
Significance: The victim had already met 10 times with an assistant district attorney. Together, they formulated a plan to compel FWPD to sign my arrest warrant based on the fact that I had called a middle-aged, wealthy man who was hiding my child in his home. The calls were unanswered. Once you have gained intimate access to the DA, it is all-the-more easier to continue to fabricate charges against someone.
District Attorney Statement: She stated that she is related to [redacted] and friends with [redacted].
Significance: Connections matter. On January 9, 2019, the victim was told that the DA would not accept her attempts to charge me with harassment. After personal connections were used, the victim began meeting extensively with the same DA who then helped her with her plan to separate a child from her father. Here, the victim is continuing to use personal connections to successfully manipulate our legal system.
District Attorney Statement: The victim requested that her daughter be added to the no contact list as a condition of bond.
Significance: The TCDA fulfilled this request. Let’s take a step back and look at this situation objectively. Generally speaking and without any reference to my personal matter, why would the government intervene in anybody’s child custody case? If the DA knows that there is an ongoing child custody case, why would they place legal barriers between that parent and his or her child?
The answer is that there are two legal systems in Tarrant County — one for the well-connected and one for the rest of us.
Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine.