Based a quick read of your article, I'm not sure if the "truth" will ever be determined as perception of the situation is a big part of identifying what is "true". Sure ultimately a jury or judge may make a ruling. But is that the "truth"? That is a court decision, but does that lead to the "truth"? Much information does not make it in to court and a court is about an adversarial situation, which is not necessarily the best means of revealing "truth". It sounds like there were multiple motivations by both the city and the accusers. I can quickly see that both parties can easily be painted as good or bad guys by the media depending on the nuances behind their actions. Personally I have a hard time picturing Dallas city hall as being overtly malicious or intending to circumvent HUD regs or cost a private party millions of dollars. I am wondering if it is a combination of factors and misjudgments by many parties that led to the current situation. Of course if you can have the 800 lb gorilla on your side so much the better.