Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Terry McEachern, the man responsible for the numerous bogus prosecutions stemming from the testimony of then Detective Tom Coleman in Tulia was recently disciplined by the State Bar of Texas. Mr. McEachern agreed to the probated suspension of his law license. According to the Texas Bar, then District Attorney McEachern failed to turn over exculpatory and impeachment evidence to defense counsel when his witness Tom Coleman "testi-lied" that he had never before been arrested or charged with a crime. In fact, Mr. Coleman had been previously charged with abuse of official capacity and theft when he worked in law enforcement in Cochran County.

In January, Mr. Coleman was convicted of perjury and given probation. Former District Attorney, was defeated in the Republican primary as he tried to run for re-election for DA of Swisher and Hale Counties in 2004. Mr. McEachern is currently in private practice defending criminal matters and touting his 23 years of prosecutorial experience.