Jim's on his way back from that court hearing involving Mayor Dwaine Caraway's request for a temporary restraining order that would, at least temporarily, block the release of police records documenting Dallas PD officers' visit to the home of Caraway and his wife, state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway, on January 2. He'll have much more to say shortly. But till then, Schutze has this breaking news.
The judge granted a 14-day temporary restraining order, with a hearing scheduled for March 22. This, despite a fairly brilliant argument by non-lawyer and Dallas Morning News City Hall reporter Steve Thompson. Judge Teresa Snelson asked if any requestors wanted to speak; he went up and made a long speech, which was something to the effect of: Caraway has already made the issue so public it can never be private again.
The judge listened to Caraway's attorneys, who argued that without a TRO, the damage they are seeking to avoid would be caused without fair recourse to the judicial process. After the hearing, as the courtroom was emptying out, the judge addressed Thompson: "Mr. Thompson, if you ever decide not to be a journalist anymore, you should go to law school. You did very well."
Like I said, more to come.