In case you missed the reference in the post title, here is the quote from Shakespeare.
Othello. Act 1, Scene 1.
What profane wretch art thou?
I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter
and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.
Thou art a villain.
You are–a senator.
This thou shalt answer; I know thee, Roderigo.
Last February, however, the Texas court threw out Hood’s death sentence on an unrelated issue — flawed jury instructions — while keeping intact his conviction in the 1989 shooting deaths of two people in Plano.None of the appeals claimed Hood was innocent, only that his trial or conviction violated the U.S. Constitution.The Collin County District Attorney’s Office had no comment Monday, but officials said earlier that they were likely to seek the death penalty during Hood’s new punishment trial.Though they disagreed on the dates, former District Judge Verla Sue Holland and Thomas O’Connell Jr., the former Collin County district attorney who prosecuted Hood, testified that their affair lasted about five years.Holland, who would later serve on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals with eight of the nine current judges, recalled their relationship beginning in late 1982, O’Connell in 1984 or 1985. Both testified that they were married at the time and took pains to keep the relationship secret, limiting sexual encounters to each other’s homes when their spouses were away.Both also had different recollections of when the relationship ended. Holland said the romantic meetings stopped in 1987, O’Connell in mid-1989 or later. Both testified that they remained good friends long afterward, taking several joint trips in 1991. Hood was tried in Holland’s court in 1990.Hood’s case prompted 30 top legal ethicists and 21 former judges and prosecutors from across the country to file briefs urging the Supreme Court to grant a new trial because the affair undermined public trust in the law, violated the “bedrock principle” that judges must avoid conflicts of interest and tainted the results of Hood’s legal proceedings.