With the Lengthy City Hall Corruption Trial Finally Over, Let the Wild Speculating Begin!

Four of the five co-defendants, from left to right: D'Angelo Lee, Sheila Hill, Darren Reagan and Don Hill
Four of the five co-defendants, from left to right: D'Angelo Lee, Sheila Hill, Darren Reagan and Don Hill
Photos by Sam Merten

OK, now that the Dallas City Hall corruption trial has wrapped up and landed in the hands of the jury, it's time for everyone to weigh in. And, to make it interesting, Robert has generously ponied up a fabulous prize so this isn't just about fun and yuks. That's right, put your entry in the comments, dear Friends of Unfair Park, and the person who gets all six answers correct (or comes closest, anyway) receives a DVD boxed set of ... wait for it ... the entire series of HBO's The Wire! No reason.

He had a tough time parting with it but ultimately decided it was just too fitting. Not sure if he'll deliver it in the parking lot of Friendship-West Baptist Church, but I'll see what I can do.

So, get your No. 2 pencils ready and ... go!

1. When will the jury render its decision?

A. September 24 through September 30 B. October 1 through October 7 C. October 8 through October 14 D. October 15 through October 21 E. October 22 through October 28 F. October 29 through eternity G. The trial's over?

2. Don Hill is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits, four counts of bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits, one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, two counts of extortion by public officials, one count of conspiracy to commit deprivation of honest services by wire fraud, two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of tax evasion. If convicted on all counts, Hill faces a maximum statutory sentence of 170 years in prison and a $3.5 million fine. What will his fate be?

A. Guilty on all counts. B. Not guilty on all counts. C. Convicted on some, acquitted on some. D. Hung jury. E. Acquitted on all counts but his reputation in tatters, Hill is forced to leave politics and find legitimate work. He opens a tax-preparation business whose promise to customers to "find hidden, super-secret tax savings" makes it a smashing success.

3. D'Angelo Lee is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits, four counts of bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits, one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, one count of extortion by public officials, one count of conspiracy to commit deprivation of honest services by wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted on all counts, Lee faces a maximum statutory sentence of 125 years in prison and a $2.5 million fine.

What will his fate be?

A. Guilty on all counts. B. Not guilty on all counts. C. Convicted on some, acquitted on some. D. Hung jury. E. Found guilty, Lee enters prison, where as part of a training program he learns an honest trade: He becomes a tailor whose designs of high-end jackets for men take the fashion world by storm.

4. Sheila Hill is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits, four counts of bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits, one count of extortion by public officials, one count of conspiracy to commit deprivation of honest services by wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted on all charges, she faces a maximum statutory sentence of 105 years in prison and a $2.25 million fine.

What will her fate be?

A. Guilty on all counts. B. Not guilty on all counts. C. Convicted on some, acquitted on some. D. Hung jury. E. Her career as a political consultant over as a result of publicity from the trial, Hill announces that she is contemplating a new career path in a line of work she's more qualified for. Astronaut and BMW salesperson are on the list of possible new jobs.

5. Darren Reagan is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, two counts of extortion by public officials, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of tax evasion. If convicted on all counts in this indictment, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 100 years in prison and a $2.0 million fine.

What will his fate be?

A. Guilty on all counts. B. Not guilty on all counts. C. Convicted on some, acquitted on some. D. Hung jury. E. The jury convicts him on all counts, and he becomes the leader of BFPAT -- the Black Federal Prisoners Association of Texas -- staging rallies to increase the variety at the commissary.

6. Rickey Robertson is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits, one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 45 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

What will his fate be?

A. Guilty on all counts. B. Not guilty on all counts. C. Convicted on some, acquitted on some. D. Hung jury. E. Who?

*In the event of multiple winning entries, the prize winner will be determined by a drawing.


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