Last week we told you about a group of activists who were suing the City of Dallas, claiming they're being illegally barred from participating in a protest during SMU's dedication this week of the new George W. Bush Presidential Center. On Friday, noting a "strong public interest in the freedom of e ... More >>
It's been eight years since the Dallas City Council passed its homeless feeding ordinance, which barred charity groups from serving food except at certain designated sites. And it's been just more than six years since two of those groups, Big Heart Ministries and Rip Parker Memorial Homeless Ministr ... More >>
Halid Amer played a small but significant role in the collapse of the housing market late last decade. He had help, to be sure, from slews of unqualified borrowers, overleveraged banks, absurdly loose credit and free-handed monetary policy, but it was the actions of Amer and people like him that mad ... More >>
Back in October, Demitri Brown and Donna Evans-Brown filed a not-at-all-frivolous lawsuit in Dallas County District Court claiming that Christopher Bridges, aka Ludacris, had stolen their trademark and illegally used it to build his Atlanta-based record label/entertainment empire.
The dispute cente ... More >>
Four long years ago we wrote about two local ministries -- Big Hart Ministries and the Rip Parker Memorial Homeless Ministry-- that filed suit against the city of Dallas in federal court over an ordinance that they say kept them from serving food to the homeless and violated their religious freed ... More >>
Back in June, you may recall, KXAS-Channel 5 ran an interview with one Sammy Ladymon of Garland, who was busted for shining a green laser into the cockpit of a Southwest plane bound for Love Field -- right before he did the same thing to an FBI pilot on his way to investigate the first complaint, ... More >>
Michael Signoretto is 73, and as of today the Dallas man faces up to 40 years in federal prison for his role in defrauding two British telecommunications companies out of of more than $60 million. Signoretto, who was just found guilty by a federal jury, didn't do this alone. He had plenty of co-c ... More >>
Actually, it was just one Picasso -- along with "real estate, boats and other personal water craft, luxury vehicles, artwork, furniture, antiques, musical instruments, jade, expensive jewelry and wine." Still. That's not how Tony Rand and his boys Greg and Bill were supposed to be spending more t ... More >>
Back in September, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it had arrested several alleged members of "violent local street gangs," which included the Highland Hills Posse and the NFL Boyz. Among those snapped up during "Operation Greedy Grove" was 31-year-old Ronald Alexander, otherwi ... More >>
It's been a rough, off-road kind of journey through the courts for helmet-free bicyclists' rights activist Paul Woodfield, who, you surely recall, has spent years fighting the constitutionality of the city's law requiring bike helmets.
When we last checked in with him back in August, he'd jus ... More >>
Back in June, Patrick told you about Paul Woodfield, the Southwest Airlines dispatcher who's been engaged in a lengthy legal battle with the city over its bike-helmet ordinance -- which Woodfield insists isn't enforceable, since it doesn't jibe with any existing state law. Woodfield, who's been t ... More >>
For a guy coping with the dismissal of his long-running challenge to the city's bike helmet law, Paul Woodfield sounded in awfully good spirits this morning when I reached him by phone.Could've had something to do with the 160-mile bike ride through Washington State from which he and his wife have ... More >>
This just in from the U.S. Attorney General's Office: From the summer of '05 till December '08, five locals were running out of three Northwest Dallas houses an "elaborate marijuana growing operation" that was eventually busted up by the Drug Enforcement Agency. They had three houses -- one each ... More >>
The new Irving Convention Center, which is not being built on a five-acre deck parkTo Irving we go this morning, as the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau asked us, via e-mail, to pretty please check out the new Web site for its convention center opening "in late 2010." Hunh. Not bad. Not bad ... More >>
Back in November '07, two-time Irving school board candidate Manuel Benavidez sued that city, claiming its at-large voting method violated the Voting Rights Act. Today, U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis, in Dallas federal court, issued a judgment in which he said, in short, Yup, it sure does. The ord ... More >>
Not every day you get a press release about an law firm being sentenced in federal court. But such a missive just arrived in the Unfair Park in-box courtesy the U.S. Attorney's Office concerning yesterday's sentencing of Trey Allen, P.C., the Firm Formerly Known as The Law Office of John H. Allen, I ... More >>
The City of Dallas has maintained for years that it needs the proposed Fastrill Reservoir in East Texas to meet the city's future water needs; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmentalists looking to protect the Neches River disagree. Hence, the lawsuit filed by the city in January 2007, ... More >>
When Sandy Kress was school board president, he and Dan Peavy held private discussions on how to limit the influence of black school board members. Their conversations were captured on the Peavy Tapes, which Kress has fought hard to keep secret. Now, U.S.