Questions for Texas Prosecutor and His Jailhouse Snitches in Death Row Cases

Jailhouse informant testimony in two death penalty cases is being investigated – but the executions have already been carried out.

By Rhonda FanningAugust 20, 2015 3:32 pm

Jailhouse snitches are often a powerful tool for prosecutors; testimony from these informants can mean life or death for those being tried. But just how reliable is the information, especially when the snitcher is given special incentives to testify? And what if those incentives are not disclosed to the jury?

Those are questions the Marshall Project is investigating in regards to two Texas death penalty cases. And both have one thing in common: Navarro County prosecutor John Jackson.

Maurice Possley, who has been writing about this story for the Marshall Project, spoke to the Standard on the situation.

For the full interview, listen to the audio at the top of the page.