Judge Still Handing Out Sentences in City Hall Corruption Case, This One to Jibreel Rashad
Hey, Don Hill, how many trials are left in the federal City Hall corruption case?
We've got July 12 circled in red on our calendars: That's when Ron Slovacek goes to trial in U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn's courtroom -- making him the way last defendant to be tried in the Dallas City Hall federal corruption case. Hard to believe we're not done with that thing yet. Reason I mention it: The Convicted Extortionist Formerly Known as Vernon Cooks Jr. -- otherwise known as Jibreel Rashad -- was sentenced today to spend 57 months in a federal prison.
His sentencing, courtesy Lynn, comes four months after it took a jury all of two hours to find Rashad guilty of joining former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, ex-City Plan Commissioner D'Angelo Lee and car dealer Ricky Robertson in a scheme to extort thousands from Bill Fisher, the low-income housing developer and FBI informant. But per the U.S. Attorney's Office, Lynn did cut Rashad a bit of a break: "Judge Lynn ordered that Rashad can serve 12 months of this sentence concurrently with the 135-month federal prison sentence he is presently serving for his conviction as a leader in a mortgage fraud conspiracy." And it could have been a whole lot worse: His conviction came with the possibility of a 20-year sentence.
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