Maybe Mike Cantrell was right. As first reported by The Dallas Morning News late last night, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office is being investigated for the potential improper use of money seized during criminal investigations. Cantrell, the lone Republican on the Dallas County Commissio ... More >>
In October 2012, Travis County officials promised that bringing video visitation to the local jails wouldn't affect anything else about jail visits. "We're not changing anything else from what we're doing," Travis County Major Darren Long told the county commissioners before they voted to approve a ... More >>
Two weeks ago, County Judge Clay Jenkins led a successful effort to change a contract that would have ended in-person visits with jail inmates while the county collected a share of the money a private company made from charging for the video visitation that was to replace it. See also: Dallas Count ... More >>
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and prisoner rights advocates are pushing back against a contract that would eliminate face-to-face meetings between prisoners in the county's jails and their visitors. County commissioners are set to vote Tuesday on contract with Securus Technologies, a private com ... More >>
Mike Cantrell, it seems, got what he wanted again. He's never going to succeed in getting the County Commissioner's Court to appoint an outside attorney to investigate District Attorney Craig Watkins' use of forfeiture funds in an out-of-court settlement stemming from a February 2013 Dallas North To ... More >>
John Wiley Price is not going to be suspended or removed from the Dallas County Commissioner's Court until at least the end of his corruption trial, which is slated to begin in September 2015. Mike Cantrell, the county's lone Republican commissioner, presented a resolution that would have suspended ... More >>
Friday, we told you about County Commissioner Mike Cantrell's resolution calling for the suspension of John Wiley Price from the commissioner's court for the duration of his bribery trial. See also: Mike Cantrell Is Going to Call for John Wiley Price's Suspension on Tuesday Price is not the only D ... More >>
Mike Cantrell, the lone Republican Dallas County commissioner, has drafted as resolution calling on District Attorney Craig Watkins to go to court to try to suspend fellow Commissioner John Wiley Price with pay until Price's federal bribery case is completed. Cantrell also wants whichever district j ... More >>
It's not every Tuesday that you see reporters from three Dallas TV stations live tweeting a Dallas County Commissioners' meeting, but that's just what happened today. Why the hubbub? This meeting was a de facto public hearing on County Judge Clay Jenkins' plan to house up to 2,000 undocumented minor ... More >>
When John Wiley Price took the microphone yesterday at the Dallas County commissioners' meeting, his fellow commissioners appeared appropriately remorseful during his monologue on African-American suffering throughout American history. But that doesn't mean they were paying attention. Price took t ... More >>
Update at 11:43 a.m.: Attorney General Eric Holder officially has Dallas County's back: Holder statement on new Texas voter ID lawsuit: pic.twitter.com/YhdZstRCLF— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 22, 2013 Original post: On Tuesday, Dallas County Commissioners voted 3-2 to join Congress ... More >>
This morning, Dallas County joined the growing roster of local agencies (the city of Dallas, Parkland Hospital, the DFW Airport) to add domestic partner benefits, meaning same-sex partners of any of its roughly 6,500 employees are now eligible for health coverage and other benefits through the count ... More >>
Today, in case you haven't been on Twitter, is National Voter Registration Day, in which volunteers around the country hit the streets and Internet to get people signed up to vote in November. It's an admirable effort, particularly seeing as, per organizers, more than 6 million people didn't vote la ... More >>
The Dallas County Commissioners Court will vote today on whether to keep in place the rope barriers that sparked an outcry (from the media at least) put up three weeks ago. County Judge Clay Jenkins said he made the order to maintain order and decorum, but, coming as it did on the heels of the FBI's ... More >>
Compare the new map above (much bigger here, even if it's impossible to tell which district is which without a magifnying glass) with the existing one.If you want to be there when the Dallas County Commissioners Court votes on the new boundaries for the county, you'd best reshuffle your schedule: ... More >>
Photo by Brantley HargroveOn Sunday the daily reported that Dallas County had some $35 million in outstanding bond forfeitures. Oh, but wait: Yesterday Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins shot back, calling the number a "gross misinterpretation of the true nature and totality of the bail bond fo ... More >>
Get your copy here. I may take mine to get it signed tomorrow.So, let's work backward. On Sunday, The Dallas Morning News reported that "bail bondsmen owe Dallas County at least $35 million in uncollected default judgments, many dating back decades." Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, ... More >>
One of the first people with whom I spoke Monday morning, following news that federal agents had swarmed Dallas County HQ, was Commissioner Maurine Dickey. Some of what she said that morning had been repeated myriad times since. Like, say, her response to the news that FBI agents were in John Wiley ... More >>
Jim's on his way to Dallas County HQ at this very moment to watch with his own eyes as FBI agents search the downtown offices of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, as initially reported by KTVT-Channel 11. The CBS station also notes that "federal investigators have also been dispatched ... More >>
Photo by Mark GrahamMaurine DickeyNo doubt you recall Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey's blow-up over that redistricting map sprung on her during commissioners court a couple of weeks back. Long story short: She'd agreed to one map, only to have John Wiley Price give her, at the last sec ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenNew Elections Administrator Toni Pippens-Poole in her office at the Elections Department.As you likely know by now, longtime Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet retired last month after, as he claims, Commissioner John Wiley Price told him that he had been in the positio ... More >>
Dr. Lauren McDonaldA few weeks back we took a look at the back-and-forth between The Dallas Morning News and Parkland Memorial Hospital, which, in recent months, has been the subject of numerous investigative pieces detailing patients put at risk and "needlessly harmed," in the words of News Depu ... More >>
Via.Dallas County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet[Update: For reasons explained in the piece below, Bruce Sherbet tells Unfair Park he has resigned, effective March 1. He says when he spoke to Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price today, he told him he would work through the May mayor ... More >>
Brian HarkinIn this corner, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins ... Last night, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins pleaded his case against Dallas County-wide budget cuts in the Garland City Council chambers, where a town hall meeting with Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrel ... More >>
Sam Merten Still not sure what I’ll wear for Halloween, but I’ve ruled out this costume so far. The first sip: Happy Halloween -- and, speaking of, earthquakes in the DFW? Maybe Irving and Grand Prarie are going as Los Angeles this year. Me, I was thinking of dressing as Sheriff Lupe Valdez -- ... More >>
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Still sounds like there's a lot of injustice taking place at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. Sheriff Lupe Valdez recently told The Dallas Morning News that under her watch, the ever-beleagured jail has improved "400 percent." She should have told that to Jill and Conrad Galvin, the devoted parents ... More >>
Margaret Keliher, a senior, takes the oath during the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Keliher, who hopes to one day be a judge or "something cool like that," said that being in the courtroom was "totally not intimidating." OMG, like, did you hear that Margaret Keliher and the other Rep ... More >>
It was a fairly simply instruction. Last July, Governor Rick Perry's office wrote a letter to Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher recommending that the Commissioners Court spend its Homeland Security dollars on--wait for it--homeland security. "The County should re-evaluate the priority of Homeland ... More >>
Was Jim Bowles defending Lupe Valdez when he sent The Dallas Morning News a letter this weekend, or was he covering his own behind? On Friday, The Dallas Morning News ran an editorial regarding the poor job performance of Sheriff Lupe Valdez--or, as the paper version of Unfair Park put it in Matt Pu ... More >>
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