Everything looks different if you're John Barr. The mayor has released his investigation of city officials who worked to help Yellow Cab of Dallas combat an incursion into the Dallas marketplace of Uber, an app-based car-ride system that operates outside taxicab laws. Brantley has reported all of t ... More >>
City Hall does the taxi industry's dirty work to kill competition.
Ralph Isenberg and Domingo Garcia haven't always been enemies. Back in 2010, in fact, they were all set to dine together at a fundraiser with President Obama, until Isenberg was unceremoniously disinvited by the White House. Their relationship has since gone south, reaching its nadir this month wit ... More >>
Update at 5:02 p.m.: No jail time, but two years probation and a $10,000 fine. Also, Evans has already appealed the conviction, meaning he can't be removed from office unless "the court that renders judgment finds that it is in the public interest," which is slated to take place on July 23. Origina ... More >>
Ben AdamcikMaybe you read the piece in the paper over the weekend about how all those Dallas County deputy constables who blew all those whistles on Dallas County Precinct 1 Constable Derick Evans and former Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes are scared of losing their jobs. They have good reason: ... More >>
I need to correct an error and an omission. Yesterday I posted an item identifying the lawyer who defended Dallas County Judge Jim Foster from an intimidation attempt by Commissioner John Wiley Price as Ken Barr. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Ken Barr is a former mayor of Fort Worth and member of the ... More >>
Looking to keep your holiday week festive?Then look no further than tomorrow night's wingding at the Kirkwood Temple CME Church -- to our knowledge, the first real "community" event in support of embattled Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who, of course, is under FBI investigation for ... More >>
It's the "other expenses" that caught Channel 5's attention last night.It's land! No, no, it's Kwanzaa Fest! No, silly, it's an art gallery owner at the South Side of Lamar! On the other side, some video and an IRS return we're entering into evidence as we begin Day Three of Hunh, I Wonder Why Th ... More >>
Sam's at City Hall for the council's Love Field briefing, but he got there in time for the 1:30 announcement of the city's new "graffiti czar," attorney John Barr. Only, Barr told Sam in their post-announcement chat, "Don't write that I'm a czar." Whoops. My bad.Anyway. You remember Barr, right? ... More >>
We can only hope this is what Jaime Cortes wears to court.As you're most likely aware by now, Dallas County Constable Derick Evans, former constable Jaime Cortes and two of Evans's deputies have been indicted on a total of nine counts. We've been working the phones since yesterday and haven't ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenState Senator Royce West and county judge candidate Clay Jenkins help pump up the crowd as District Attorney Craig Watkins grabs the mic Saturday afternoon.This, in case you have not heard, is the "Summer of Justice." Which, as far as summers-of goes, ranks somewhere in betwee ... More >>
As promised below, Texas Tribune has indeed posted a snippet of editor-in-chief Evan Smith's interview with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins conducted this morning down in Austin. And, as promised, Watkins does indeed say, rather emphatically, that his office's investigation into the do ... More >>
Just returned to the office from an interview to find three press releases in the Unfair Park in-box worth noting. As always, let's start with the unusually chatty Tom Hicks, who spoke today with, among other media outlets, Business Week and the UK Guardian. To the former he reiterates what has b ... More >>
OAGTexas Attorney General Greg AbbottWhile District Attorney Craig Watkins has rejected two offers by the Office of the Attorney General to assist in a criminal investigation of the constables, the OAG is conducting an ongoing civil investigation of Dowdy Ferry Auto Services, according to an ... More >>
Cortes says Ken Mayfield's admission that he's helping his opponent reinforces his latest campaign e-mail.When Republican Ken Mayfield admitted to us that he's been recruiting volunteers to help Democrat Beth Villarreal defeat Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes in Tuesday's upcoming Democratic ... More >>
Danny FulgencioCal JillsonMuch like Richard Allen's interview, our conversation with Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson didn't make it into the cover story on Dallas County Judge Jim Foster appearing in last week's paper version of Unfair Park. But that's not to say ... More >>
Constable Jaime CortesHad a brief but interesting talk a little while ago with Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes, during which we touched on a couple of things, among them a counterclaim filed in a Dallas County court on Wednesday in which Cortes is suing the three deputies who filed court papers ... More >>
Richard AllenSpace restraints prevented us from including our interview with Richard Allen, CEO of The Allen Group, in this week's look at departing Dallas County Judge Jim Foster -- available wherever paper versions of Unfair Park are given away tomorrow. Of course, TAG is developing the Dallas ... More >>
Sam MertenDallas County Judge Jim Foster reads Danny Defenbaugh's report with senior assistant Peggy Lundy.About an hour ago, Dallas County Judge Jim Foster summoned a few members of the media, including Sam, to the commissioners court in order to discuss Danny Defenbaugh's investigation into the ... More >>
Sam MertenJudge Jim Foster conducted a news conference late this afternoon to tell anxious reporters that, well, he hadn't yet read former FBI agent Danny Defenbaugh's 92-page report about Constable Jaime Cortes, which Foster said his office had received just minutes prior to the 4 p.m. gathe ... More >>
Constable Jaime CortesUnfair Park has waited all day for a response from Larry Friedman, one of several lawyers representing embattled Dallas County Constable Jaime Cortes, concerning a digital sound recording somebody made of a meeting yesterday involving Cortes and 30 of his deputies. At 9 this ... More >>
I want to confess in advance. I, Jim Schutze, am a party to the KwanzaaFest scandal. It's all going to come out now. I knew this would happen. I'm ready for my hands-over-the-face paddy wagon shot now. Rudy Bush has posted excerpts from the findings of Danny Defenbaugh, the private investigator l ... More >>
Maybe there's a very good reason KTVT-Channel 11 has the top nightly newscast in town -- like, oh, I dunno, because it's the lone network affiliate smart enough to send a cameraman down to the Dallas County Commissioners Court? Today, the CBS affiliate returned with a mighty powerful short film d ... More >>
Sid DavisWhen the Dallas County Commissioners Court needed an outside attorney to advise them on how to proceed with their investigation of Constables Derick Evans and Jaime Cortes, they turned to Sidney Davis Jr., a partner at Touchstone Bernays, over the objections of John Wiley Price. Davis wa ... More >>
Constable Jaime CortesDuring a last-minute hearing this afternoon, a judge ordered that data seized from Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes's office computer be returned -- only, not to Cortes, as his lawyers, Larry Friedman and Domingo Garcia, had demanded, but to the court, where it will remain ... More >>
Cry us a river, Bolton
Nobody believes Terrell Bolton anymore--except his friends at Dallas City Hall
Larry Wansley--former Marine, cop and FBI agent--has his biggest task ahead of him: making American Airlines safe from terrorism
Was an influential Dallas black church desecrated by racists?
The Morning News and pals want the FBI to call off its dogs at DISD. But the feds have not yet begun to bite.
DISD's Wicked Witch of the West may be going, but we're not out of the woods just yet, Dorothy
Dallas' new police Chief Terrell Bolton walks through a minefield as he tries to reshape the department. His strategy? Wear combat boots.
John Wiley Price, the man who once toted a bullhorn in protests outside Mayor Ron Kirk's home, learns that it helps to have friends in high places