• Give Justice a Chance, if we are to ever believe in our system, it has to start somewhere with someone. I have watched and followed Mr. Clark from the beginning of his career. He is one of the most ethical attorneys that I have seen in all my years of being in the field of law (50+ years).

    If you were as well versed in our court system as you claim to be, you would know that most cases end with a plea agreement, very few actually go to jury trial.

    I hope that the general public does not have the same view as you do, and how can you be so sure that Mr. Clark has not discussed this matter with the Judge, knowing his ethical background I am sure he has.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:44 a.m.
  • Special Prosecutor ? Neutral party...? I think not.

    The "special prosecutor" appointed to handle this case very recently defended Ratcliff's accuser in two felony criminal cases. Mr. Clark cut a plea deal with Tyler who had been holding the two drug dealing and meth lab cases until he could quietly send the "victim" to the pen.

    This is all public record in the District Clerk's Office here on 3rd floor of the courthouse. (Case # 09-1-24190-D and Case #01-7-18951-A)

    Just when you think things can't get any crazier or more corrupt in this town, then something like this appointment comes along.

    From their comments for this story it is obvious that neither Courtney nor Shaffer have any idea who they are dealing with.

    Can anyone involved spell "conflict of interest" or "ethics" for that matter? Why would Mr. Clark not reveal an obvious conflict at the time of his appointment...and more importantly why would Judge Williams not know of Clark's part in all of this circus?

    Victoria. Victoria. Victoria.

    June 29, 2010 at 1:24 p.m.
  • The appointment of a special prosecutor should have been the DA's recommendation from the start. An inherently political prosecution ... even if it was meritorious ... in a town this small should have been handled by a neutral party.

    DA Steve Tyler's playing his strongest hand in this case and in his re-election campaign by avoiding making any public comment or appearances in public. In the words of the greatest republican, "better to remain silent and appear a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

    June 28, 2010 at 10:16 p.m.