A judge criticized the Harris County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday for not supporting a grand jury's decision to indict a Texas Supreme Court justice and his wife for a 2007 arson that destroyed the couple's Spring home.
"The unusual aspect of this case is that it was dismissed so quickly," said Wallace, a Republican judge who has served for 14 years. "It should have been allowed to run its course."
The procedural mistakes by the DA's Office also make it more difficult to find citizens to serve on grand juries, he said.
Ryan, along with seven other grand jurors, met with reporters Tuesday and criticized Rosenthal's office for frittering away time and resources by presenting evidence to a grand jury that lacked legitimacy.
"Regardless of my personal belief in the merits of a case, I cannot ethically proceed forward if I believe the prosecution will not survive an instructed verdict of not guilty and be an exercise in futility," Wisner wrote in an open letter to the Houston Chronicle. "I do not, nor should any prosecutor, conduct show trials."
"If I wanted to help the Medinas and bury the case," he said. "I would never have brought it to a grand jury in the first place."
"They were of course also immediately dismissed," he wrote.
Wisner would not identify the case. Ryan said later Tuesday that he recalled the case, but could not remember who it involved.
Rosenthal on Tuesday denied that politics played a role in the decision to dismiss the case.
"Absolutely not," Rosenthal said. "It's part of my oath that I don't prosecute people if I don't think there's enough evidence to do so."