If I'm blushing -- just the slightest tint of rose upon my gray and whiskery cheeks - it's because my I was back in federal court again yesterday. Sort of. There was mention of me. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor handed down a ruling in the Lockey and MacKenzie (Dallas segregates by race) case, ... More >>
It's not me. It's the two whistle-blowers suing the city.
We spoke last week about the way city staff is dealing behind the scenes with a recent accusation of racial segregation by the federal government. Maybe we should talk, too, about the way they're dealing with it in court. Late last month the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) w ... More >>
The city of Dallas went to federal court earlier this week to stop a federal judge from expressing his opinion about a recent federal investigative report accusing Dallas of practicing racial segregation (the city's brief is below). Plaintiffs in a whistle-blower lawsuit will come back today with th ... More >>
Not that you asked, but here's what it's like to be me. I'm walking my dogs, Penny and Dorothy, up and down alleys in East Dallas, and I've got my little cell phone ear-bug deal going so I can talk to people and keep my hands free for clean-ups. And this is what I hear in my ear: "... white scienti ... More >>
The final chapter appears to have been inked in the long, sorry saga of flow control, a moneymaking scheme that placed City Hall's imprimatur on the idea that southern Dallas isn't much more than a trash receptacle for the rest of the city. This week U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor entered his fi ... More >>
Buzz looks back on 2012 before the memories go where they belong: up in smoke.
A federal judge has ruled that the City of Dallas pretty much lied about every single aspect of its so-called "flow-control" trash program. Judge Reed O'Connor granted a permanent injunction against a new city ordinance that would have forced commercial haulers to take all their trash to the city- ... More >>
It's been close to five months since Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins went after Mortgage Electronic Registration System over what Watkins claimed were "tens of millions in uncollected filing fees owed to the citizens of Dallas County." But since then little has been said about the s ... More >>
It's been a couple of weeks since lawyers hired by the city and the National Solid Waste Management Association squared off in U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's over the flow control ordinance that would have dumped all the city's solid waste at the McCommas Bluff Landfill. I say "would have" b ... More >>
Back in September, when the city passed its ordinance requiring commercial solid waste companies to dump in South Dallas's McCommas Bluff landfill, the proposal drew an unexpected foe: a group of Paul Quinn College students, led by school president Michael Sorrell, who protested in front of City Hal ... More >>
Like I said earlier this week, when city attorneys had city council members behind closed doors this week, one of their topics of conversation was the National Solid Wastes Management Association's federal antitrust lawsuit against the city over flow control -- you know, that ordinance steering a ... More >>
Photo by Danny HurleyTomorrow, the Dallas City Council will go behind closed doors to meet with city attorneys about a host of legal issues staring down City Hall, among them: a long-going federal wrongful arrest suit about to get even more expensive (council will vote next week to pay Brown & ... More >>
Federal dough meant for affordable housing went to downtown.
On June 10, 2010, I wrote a column for the newspaper about an official complaint brought to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by two Dallas developers alleging a decades-old pattern of racial discrimination and fraud by the city of Dallas, the county and other local entit ... More >>
Via.Been a long while since we visited with Enrique Hubbard Urrea, the former consul general for the Mexican Consulate in Dallas who has since decamped for Culiacán, Sinaloa. But Courthouse News brings us news this afternoon involving Hubbard and the consulate and that multimillion-dollar court ... More >>
Click to embiggen to see where some of the West Dallas Gator Boys' drug houses wereBack in August Sam told you all about Tyrone Weatherall, a leader of the West Side Gator Boys -- and an exotic animal collector -- who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distrib ... More >>
Brion RandallBased upon the handful of comments that just popped up on this 4-month-old Unfair Park item, some of his victims already know and have been celebrating the news: Brion Randall -- the Plano man who, from 2004 through '09, screwed some 30 folks out of around $6 million -- is going to f ... More >>
Rickey SmileyBack in May, we directed your attention to the legal woes of Henry Robinson, a former Love Field security guard who claimed in Dallas federal court that The Beat-97.9 host Rickey Smiley cost him his job when he went questioned his heterosexuality. The whole thing stemmed from an inci ... More >>
Mark GrahamFormer Mexican Consul General Enrique Hubbard UrreaDallas's Mexican Consulate began operating under new leadership earlier this month, but the dust-ups of tenures past continue to cloud the office's legitimacy. In the months since the former consul returned to Mexico amid accusations o ... More >>
Jeffrey Ellard's leg wound as pictured in 2006, a year before he (and the DOJ) sued the countyBack up to June 2006, when Matt Pulle recounted the tale of Jeffrey Ellard, a prisoner in the Dallas County Jail whose six-inch leg wound went unattended by medical providers and became, as Matt would de ... More >>
Illustration by Brian StaufferWith little fanfare and hardly any spectators, the trial in the case of Graciela McKay vs. DISD wraps up this week in U.S. District Court, with a verdict expected as early as tomorrow. McKay is the Preston Hollow teacher who filed a federal lawsuit against the district ... More >>
Last May, three Hispanic Farmers Branch residents filed a federal lawsuit over the way the city elects its council members. Currently, Farmers Branch holds at-large elections, and the plaintiffs want the city to elect its officials based on districts. As The Dallas Morning News pointed out a year ag ... More >>
Neiman Marcus Perhaps this was one of the 400 items Manuel Alvarez stole from Neimans. Back in December we told you about Manuel Alvarez, a former "store loss prevention specialist" at Neiman Marcus who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly half a million dollars' worth of jewelry from the store and th ... More >>