Dallas County DA Starts New Office Policy Opposing Gag Orders In Criminal Cases

L.P. Phillips
January 08, 2020 - 5:03 pm
John Creuzot

Credit: Dallas County


DALLAS (KRLD) - Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot is starting a new office policy opposing gag orders in criminal cases. A special prosecutor recently dismissed the contempt of court case filed against Creuzot after he was accused of violating a gag order in the Amber Guyger murder case.

Creuzot called gag orders unconstitutional. He said he is not angry, rather he is disappointed Judge Tammy Kemp issued an order to show why he should not be held in contempt for giving a TV interview just before the start of the Amber Guyger murder trial.

Speaking for the first time since the contempt case was dismissed, Creuzot said he consented to an interview about one an unrelated topic. Later in the interview, the Guyger case came up and Creuzot answered a question.

Kemp was visibly upset at the time. She reviewed a recording of the story and polled all the jurors in the case before learning none of them had seen the interview. Still, she demanded Creuzot explain himself.

"As a former judge myself, I found that behavior unprofessional and a prejudiced attempt to disparage me without any due process," said Creuzot.

As KRLD News first reported the case was dismissed after a review by Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson, who was appointed as a prosecutor pro tem.

Creuzot said the taxpayers had to spend around $30,000 to defend him.

Creuzot said he is not angry at Kemp, rather he is disappointed. Still, he feels his office can still try cases before Kemp, a State District Court judge.

"I didn't know I couldn't work with her in the first place. I consider that I can. I don't think this is a dispute between Judge Kemp and myself, to be honest with you. I think this is a dispute between Judge Kemp and freedom of speech.

Judge Kemp is not available for comment.