Death Row Con Wins Hearing Over Courtroom Hanky Panky

Alleges affair between judge, prosecutor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2008 7:33 AM CDT
This undated file photo released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Charles Dean Hood.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A condemned Texas inmate has won a hearing to decide whether his lawyers can question the judge and prosecutor at his capital case trial about an alleged affair the two were having while the proceedings were unfolding, ABC News reports. A former county DA filed a sworn statement last year saying the affair was "common knowledge" at the time.

An affair would likely mean that convicted killer Charles Hood's right to a fair trial had been violated, according to legal experts. The hearing is set for next week, two days before Hood was scheduled to be executed for the murder of his boss and his employer's girlfriend.