POWERHOUSE: Doug Mulder, formerly a highly successful prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, went on to become a sought-after defense attorney. Though his many wins include a surprise acquittal for Dallas Methodist minister Walker Railey in the attack that left Railey’s wife, Peggy, comatose, Mulder’s star power was not enough to acquit Darlie Routier. [Photo courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.]

POWERHOUSE: Doug Mulder, formerly a highly successful prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, went on to become a sought-after defense attorney. Though his many wins include a surprise acquittal for Dallas Methodist minister Walker Railey in the attack that left Railey’s wife, Peggy, comatose, Mulder’s star power was not enough to acquit Darlie Routier. [Photo courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.]

ZEALOUS ADVOCATE: Dallas appellate lawyer Stephen Cooper has been on the case since shortly after Routier’s conviction. He and others on Routier’s appellate team criticize lead trial defense attorney Doug Mulder’s handling of the case.

ZEALOUS ADVOCATE: Dallas appellate lawyer Stephen Cooper has been on the case since shortly after Routier’s conviction. He and others on Routier’s appellate team criticize lead trial defense attorney Doug Mulder’s handling of the case.

FORMIDABLE OPPONENT: Former Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis, who is believed to hold the record in the state for death penalty convictions, has been criticized for bringing character judgments into the courtroom in his prosecution of Darlie Routier. Some current day legal experts believe the character judgments were also sexist. [Photo courtesy Waco Tribune-Herald.]

FORMIDABLE OPPONENT: Former Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis, who is believed to hold the record in the state for death penalty convictions, has been criticized for bringing character judgments into the courtroom in his prosecution of Darlie Routier. Some current day legal experts believe the character judgments were also sexist. [Photo courtesy Waco Tribune-Herald.]

Lauren Schmidt of Colorado is the appellate team member most knowledgeable about DNA.

Lauren Schmidt of Colorado is the appellate team member most knowledgeable about DNA.

Appellate team lawyer Richard Smith of Dallas

Appellate team lawyer Richard Smith of Dallas

Houston appellate lawyer Richard “Dick” Burr is Darlie Routier’s attorney of record, though it is Stephen Cooper who typically speaks with representatives of the media.

Houston appellate lawyer Richard “Dick” Burr is Darlie Routier’s attorney of record, though it is Stephen Cooper who typically speaks with representatives of the media.

Kerrville’s Richard Mosty, one of several lawyers on Routier’s trial defense team, was so disillusioned by the justice system after the guilty verdict that he left private practice for a time.

Kerrville’s Richard Mosty, one of several lawyers on Routier’s trial defense team, was so disillusioned by the justice system after the guilty verdict that he left private practice for a time.