Mayor Dwaine Caraway Sues the City of Dallas to Stop Release of Police Report

Mayor Dwaine Caraway Sues the City of Dallas to Stop Release of Police Report
Sam Merten

Never mind what I wrote yesterday. Because yesterday, when I checked the Dallas County District Clerk's computers, there was no record of it. But early this morning I took another look, and sure enough, there it was -- a suit filed yesterday afternoon in the 68th District Court, Judge Martin Hoffman's court. Dwaine Caraway v. Greg Abbott, Attorney General of State of Texas, and City of Dallas.

It's more or less the same version of the suit Caraway filed in Austin late Friday, after the Attorney General's Office notified media that the records regarding Dallas Police officers' visit to the mayor and Barbara Mallory Caraway's home on January 2 had been deemed suitable for public consumption. But there's one significant change: Caraway's attorney, Michael Payma, is asking for a temporary restraining order that would keep the city from complying with the AG's ruling and releasing the report and the accompanying audio.

Says the suit, which you can read in full after the jump, Payma "has personally spoken with the City Attorney for the City of Dallas, and has been informed that without an Order from this Court, his office is obliged to comply with the Attorney General's opinion." And that won't do: "If Plaintiff's application is not granted harm is imminent because the material at issue will be disclosed to the public."

Payma is asking for a TRO hearing in order to "issue a temporary injunction against Defendant city of Dallas."

Updates forthcoming.

Update at 9:12 a.m.: A hearing is scheduled at 10:30 this morning in front of Associate Judge Teresa Guerra Snelson. Schutze will be there.

Caraway v Abbott and City of Dallas


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