Paul Coggins

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    October 30, 2013

    Mike Miles and the Bad Annual Review Issue: More Bullshit from The Dallas Morning News

    Right away let me say: no one is more troubled than I am by my own knee-jerkism concerning Dallas superintendent of schools Mike Miles. How the hell did I ever find myself in the role of predictably apoplectic apologist for a public official? Please, somebody free me from my own alliteration! But n ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Mike Miles Keeps His Job, Gets Firm Slap on the Wrist

    The robocalls from Alliance AFT; the misleading mailers hastily called up at the last minute by God (and a Houston PR firm) only knows; the scathing "research paper" by arch-nemesis Don Williams; the chastisements of John Wiley Price, they all failed to convince Dallas ISD's Board of Trustees. On Mo ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    DISD's "Case" Against Mike Miles Is Bogus

    Why do trustees think they can ignore the law to protect their reputations?

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    September 20, 2013

    Mike Miles Gave a Long Somber Statement Last Night to the DISD Board. Lew Blackburn Came Back at Him.

    Late last night the Dallas school board carried out an hours-long closed-door session where they listened to an investigative report into alleged policy violations by school Superintendent Mike Miles. The report by attorney Paul Coggins cleared Miles of all of the legal and policy violations of whic ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Paul Coggins' Report on the DISD Mess Has Just Enough Fiction to Screw Mike Miles

    Superintendent Mike Miles didn't write the letter. Mike Miles didn't tell Kevin Smelker to write the letter. Mike Miles didn't edit the letter. The narrative painted by Paul Coggins in his recent investigative report to the Dallas school board is a fiction. Last week former U.S. Attorney Coggins ga ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    You Know Paul Coggins' Probe of Mike Miles Is Going Nowhere When Reporters Call Me

    Let me offer a disclaimer at the top. Part of what I am about to tell you here about the investigation of Dallas school Superintendent Mike Miles is tea-leaf-reading. I happen to think I'm pretty good at reading the tea in this area. But tea leaves are tea leaves. Some of what I am about to say do ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    What is That Awful Smell Coming off the Pages of The Dallas Morning News Today?

    Wow. What a bunch of junk in the The Dallas Morning News this morning about Rene Martinez, The LeMaster Group and Dallas school Superintendent Mike Miles. The whole school reform story in Dallas just gets more weird with every passing day. But should that surprise us? Remember: Dallas County Commi ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Brett Shipp Piled On Mike Miles Last Night, Because the Miles Haters Are Getting Nervous

    Last night on WFAA Channel 8, reporter Brett Shipp aired a one-on-one interview with a retired Dallas business executive living in Santa Fe saying that Dallas schools chief Mike Miles needs to be whacked. I'm not accusing Shipp or the former businessman, J. McDonald Williams, of expressing anything ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Kunkle: Free The Trinity Docs! And Other City Hall Ethics Proposals Unveiled This Morning.

    Patrick MichelsMayoral hopeful David Kunkle, backed by his squadron of crime-fighting supporters. Backed by a new group of law-enforcing backers calling themselves "Crime Fighters for Kunkle," former Dallas police chief and mayoral hopeful David Kunkle took a minute this morning to cast himself as ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Doug Havard Pleads Guilty to a Federal Crime. But What of All Those Local Charges?

    ​As you no doubt recall, Doug Havard -- the former Winston School and SMU student who skipped town after being arrested on charges of counterfeiting, selling GHB and armed robbery, among many others -- was brought back to the U.S. a few days ago following a six-year prison vacay in England. This m ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Legal Briefs: A Peek at Fred Baron's FBI File, and Cathedral of Hope's Prop. 8 Response

    ​Whilst awaiting a sit-down with a source, allow me to marry two unrelated legal matters, baby:Texas Watchdog has been Freedom of Information Act-ing out, requesting from the FBI the files of several "prominent Texas political figures" once they've expired. Today's installment is ... Fred Baron, t ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Yet Again, DISD Hires Paul Coggins to Look Into Its Bad Bidness

    Paul Coggins After the jump, courtesy Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander, the district's announcement concerning the appointment of former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins to look into the whole phony Social Security number mess. Coggins, now at Fish & Richardson, has a history ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Steroids Dealer David Jacobs Found Dead in His Plano Home, Giving Birth to Conspiracy Theories

    For those thinking there's something mighty, mighty suspicious about convicted steroids dealer David Jacobs being found dead in his Plano home today of apparent gunshot wounds, along with a 30-year-old bodybuilder named Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell, you are not alone. Over on Grits for Breakfast, Scott ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007


    How Michael Hinojosa escaped blame in the DISD credit card scandal

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    April 11, 2007

    Wherein Allen Gwinn Wonders if DISD Hasn't Just Wasted Another Million Dollars and a Whole Lot of Time

    The following comes from a July 31, 2006, story in The Dallas Morning News, shortly after the paper published a series of stories revealing that some Dallas Independent School District employees had used district-issued credit cards to run up more than $6 million in purchases that either violated di ... More >>

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    February 19, 2007

    Dem Apples Don't Fall Far From the Tree

    Speaking of Neil Young (see below), his album Living With War -- you know, the one with "Let's Impeach the President" -- has been out since May of last year. So it isn't new. But what is relatively recent is a review of the disc that can be found on Young's "Living With War Today" Web site. Headline ... More >>

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    November 8, 2006

    Watkins: Not Entirely Shook Up?

    Toby Shook isn't gonna be Dallas County District Attorney, but that doesn't mean Craig Watkins is ready to get rid of his former opponent. Dallas County District Attorney-elect Craig Watkins didn't exactly ease concerns that he wasn't quite up for the job during the Dallas County Democratic Party v ... More >>

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    November 8, 2006

    Night of the Living Dead

    Mark Graham Craig Watkins is the new Dallas County District Attorney. You think you're shocked, imagine how Toby Shook feels. People are walking around like zombies at Dallas County courthouses today as incumbent judges who looked invincible last week began contemplating the prospect of looking ... More >>

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    May 26, 2006
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    December 4, 2003

    Small Fish

    Now let's look for the real villains in fake drugs

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    October 31, 2002

    Mr. No Apology

    Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?

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    February 8, 2001


    Clinton's buddy gets a new job

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    July 6, 2000

    If they only had a brain

    DISD's Wicked Witch of the West may be going, but we're not out of the woods just yet, Dorothy

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    March 2, 2000

    Sex, drugs, and city council

    Federal court records reveal the connection between city council ethics and dry-humping

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    December 30, 1999

    A clockwork Buzz

    1999, the year Bill Rojas brought panic and paranoia to DISD. But was there any other good news? Buzz takes a look back.

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    November 25, 1999

    The perfect crime

    DISD crooks continue to elude an FBI probe

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    November 11, 1999


    Magnum CPA; Advise and consent;Regina who?

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    September 23, 1999


    How can we miss you...; And take Julio with you; Penny pinchers; Bad timing; Turnabout is fair play

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    April 1, 1999
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    March 18, 1999
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    December 31, 1998

    The man who would be judge

    U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins is no longer seeking a federal bench, but his days of public service are far from over

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    August 13, 1998

    Target practice

    The feds got a conviction against a DISD contractor, but they may have been gunning for Matthew Harden

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    July 16, 1998
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    May 28, 1998
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    May 21, 1998
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    April 16, 1998

    Saint Al

    Will he die in prison for the sins of the plantation?

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    March 5, 1998

    Choosing sides

    The race for judge in Dallas' domestic-violence court raises questions of bias

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    January 1, 1998

    Reader beware

    Combatants in DISD's political battles play spin-the-media

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    December 11, 1997
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    November 27, 1997

    Feds do a flip-flop on Peavy Tapes

    If the government has its way, no one else will know the contents of these controversial chats

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    August 7, 1997
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    March 27, 1997

    Dueling tapes

    Gadfly injects more secret tape recordings into the Peavy saga

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    March 13, 1997

    The fat man sings

    Judge Solis orders controversial Peavy Tapes released to Justice Dept.

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    February 6, 1997

    Tar baby tapes

    Peavy Tapes may hold more bizarre twists

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    January 30, 1997

    Lawyers ain't cheap

    Dan Peavy, Bill Keever have legal bills coming due

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    July 4, 1996

    Playing Hardball

    The Feds pitch a shutout in the area's first 'three strikes' case

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    June 20, 1996

    Hoping for the worst

    Defense lawyers itch for a health-care fraud bonanza

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    June 13, 1996

    Power Houses

    A celebrity home tour of Dallas' rich, famous--and all too often tasteless--movers and fakers

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    June 6, 1996

    Campaign casualty

    Cheryl Wattley's appointment to the federal bench is M.I.A. in presidential politics

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    March 21, 1996

    Against all odds

    Defense attorney girds for battle against U.S. Attorney Coggins

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