Sam Lindsay

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    University Park Socialite Erika Perdue Sentenced to 14 Years on Child Porn Conviction

    Two years ago, no one had a clue what Erika Perdue had on her computer. Not her intellectual-property lawyer husband. Not her University Park neighbors. Her neon green Camaro with the "My Syn" license plates certainly raised some eyebrows, but no one suspected she was into child porn. Then, in Janu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Anonymous Hacktivist Barrett Brown Can Use Money His Supporters Raised for His Defense

    Barrett Brown's had a rough few months, each one a little worse than the last. In September, he was raided, arrested and ultimately charged with threatening an FBI agent on YouTube and Twitter. In December the feds threw some more charges at him, this time for sharing a link related to the hack of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Judge: No More Delays in Trial of University Park Woman Accused of Distributing Child Porn

    Almost a year ago, Erika Perdue, a 41-year-old "socialite" from a tony University Park neighborhood, was arrested and indicted on charges of distributing lots and lots of child pornography. As we reported that July, she was released to a rehab center in Argyle two days after her arrest, but was boot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Anonymous' Barrett Brown is Mentally Fit to Stand Trial, a Prison Psychologist Has Decided

    A lot has happened to Barrett Brown since heavily armed federal agents raided his girlfriend's Dallas apartment and threw him in jail: The Anonymous-affiliated hacktivist was indicted on charges of threatening an FBI agent via loopy YouTube rant, then doxing said agent by publishing his personal inf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Handsome Guy Bandit Steven Ray Milam Sentenced to 35 Years In Federal Prison

    Steven Ray Milam's long run as the "Handsome Guy Bandit" came to a sudden end on a rural Mississippi highway in January of this year, as the former casket salesman turned bank robber led local police on a chase along Interstate 10. Officers tried no less than three times to spike-strip his vehicle, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Alan Todd May -- Once a Fugitive, Always a Con Man -- Gets 20 Years For Ripping Off Investors

    ​For the past three decades -- on and off, but mostly on -- there was no swindle too small-time for Alan Todd May. Credit card abuse, theft, check fraud -- however he could make an easy, sleazy buck, May did what he could wherever he could to whomever he met. One day, perhaps, someone will make a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    The Genius Who Robbed Wells Fargo on Lemmon Avenue Gets (More) Time in Prison

    One man's gub is another man's bom.​For those who've forgotten the now-legendary tale of Nathan Wayne Pugh, a 49-year-old Sachse man, allow me to recap. On July 26, Pugh went into the Wells Fargo at 4332 Lemon Avenue carrying a bag from a fast-food restaurant. He walked up to the teller and told h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Just How Did "Frank Sullivan" of Plano Get 247 People To Give Him Money, Anyhow?

    ​This just in from the U.S. Attorney's Office: A 29-year-old man from Plano, Edward Louis Molz III, pleaded guilty in Dallas federal court this morning to a single count of wire fraud, for which he faces up 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. On top of that, he could have to pay back the more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    In Crime and Punishment News, An Ex-HP Cop and a Former Taxman Are Going to Prison

    ​A couple of notable press releases from the U.S. Attorney's Office just landed in the Unfair Park in-box, the most recent of which has to do with a former Internal Revenue Service employee sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 16 months in the federal hoosegow for taking a brib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Yet Again, a Federal Judge Tells Farmers Branch it Can't Enforce Immigration Law

    Illustration by Craig LaRotonda​Since ex-Observer'er Megan Feldman's done moved back to Colorado, it falls to me to direct your attention to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund's announcement today concerning U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle's order that "permanently enjoins enfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Dallas Federal Judge Sentences Weatherford Cattle-Ranchin' Swindler to Six Years, $10 Mil

    I just bought this poster on etsy. At least, I hope I did.Oscar Black, a 58-year-old cattle rancher outta Weatherford, offered folks a pretty good deal: If you were to give him some of yer money, well, he'd invest it for ya -- to the tune of 12 percent in annual returns, hot damn. Only, there was on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    In Dallas District Court, that Preston Hollow Elementary Lawsuit You Forgot All About

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Ex-DISD Official Ruben Bohuchot Gets 11 Years In Prison

    Ruben Bohuchot Allen Gwinn just texted me with today's news: Ruben Bohuchot, the former Dallas Independent School District associate superintendent for technology indicted last year and convicted in July for screwing the district out of millions, was just sentenced in federal court. Writes Allen, U. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Don't Forget, the DISD Still Has a Preston Hollow Lawsuit to Deal With

    Illustration by Brian Stauffer The Dallas Independent School District has plenty of other things to worry about, especially today, as the district begins laying off 450 teachers to make up for its $84 million budget shortfall this school year. (And for those who may have missed it, DISD Superinten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    Smack in the Middle of Northwest Dallas

    Dennis Road runs from Royal Lane north toward Forest Lane, where it turns into Josey Lane. But on that short Northwest Dallas street, federal law-enforcement agents discovered a fairly large heroin trafficking operation that, early next year, could very well land three Dallas men in prison for life. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2007

    Sam Lindsay to FB: Not Yet, Amigos.

    The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund just sent a press release celebrating U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay's decision today to grant a preliminary injunction that blocks the implementation of that anti-illegal immigrant ordina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2007

    U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay Votes "No" on Farmers Branch Ordinance

    Illustration by Craig LaRotonda Last Tuesday, three days after voters in Farmers Branch voted overwhemingly for the law that bans apartment owners from renting to illegal immigrants, we posted that press release from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the American Civil Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007

    Kickin' it Out of School

    Teresa Parker: the (former?) principal at Preston Hollow Elementary You remember Teresa Parker, right? She was the principal at Preston Hollow Elementary School -- the one U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay said in his November 16 ruling had "unlawfully segregated [students] at Preston Hollow based on ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    C'mon Get Happy

    Even Buzz finds something to smile about in 2006

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    MALDEF: It's the Principal of the Thing

    You have to register for it, but there's a story in Education Week this morning in which Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund leaders are questioning precisely why the Dallas Independent School District hasn't removed Teresa Parker as principal of Preston Hollow Elementary School. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    News Hard on Preston Hollow. Finally.

    A federal judge recently found the principal of a North Dallas elementary school guilty of 1940s-style racial and ethnic segregation. In a civil suit, Judge Sam Lindsay ruled that Preston Hollow Principal Teresa Parker had systematically herded black and Latino kids into segregated classrooms to app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    Preston Hollow: Do the White Thing

    After ignoring the trial in which a mother of three Preston Hollow Elementary School alleged the principal there was segregating Hispanic and African-American students from the white neighborhood kids, The Dallas Morning News this weekend ran two stories about its outcome. On Thursday, U.S. District ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2006

    Wherein the Judge Finds Segregation at Preston Hollow After All

    It took a little longer than expected--like, oh, two months longer than expected--but U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay has finally ruled in the case in which a Preston Hollow Elementary School parent alleged the school's teachers and its principal, Teresa Parker, were illegally segregating the Hispan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    No Hollow Verdict

    A few Friends of Unfair Park have asked in recent weeks whatever became of that trial concerning Lucresia Mayorga Santamaria's allegations that Preston Hollow Elementary School's teachers and its principal, Teresa Parker, were involved in illegally segregating the Hispanic and African-American stude ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Win, Lose or Draw?

    Dallas' long-running battle with a slumlord grinds to a murky end

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    You Say Commie, I Say Nazi

    Dallas judges really go for that government authority thing

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    Contempt of Cop

    You have the right to remain silent...later

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Wolf? What wolf?

    A humongous lawsuit knocks on the door at City Hall, and we're gonna end up paying--one way or the other

  • News

    January 7, 1999

    Look back in confusion

    Buzz remembers the year that might have been and proves that not only the winners write the history

  • News

    June 11, 1998


    Judge Brenda Prewitt resigns as controversy rattles the Dallas Municipal Court

  • Culture

    June 11, 1998

    Bed head

    An unsung intellectual giant rules from the mattress in Wingspan's sparkling production

  • News

    March 5, 1998
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    February 12, 1998

    Good cop, bad cop

    How does the Dallas police's "Teflon Chief" Willard Rollins skate past scrapes that could wreck other officer's careers?

  • News

    October 9, 1997

    Hollow victory

    Too late, a judge says neighborhood rehabilitators Carlos and Dana Jackson were persecuted by the city

  • News

    September 18, 1997
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    August 7, 1997
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    July 17, 1997

    Jurist imprudence

    The search for a new federal judge reaches the lowest common denominator

  • News

    April 17, 1997

    Signs of trouble

    Police calls, pepper spray, and a bad debt spice up the Brenda Reyes campaign

  • News

    April 3, 1997

    Tension Fund

    Concerns about the soundness of the city's retirement fund are buried in a political mud fight

  • News

    May 30, 1996


    For city Councilman Al Lipscomb, taking handouts from power brokers has become a way of life. Is there a problem?

  • News

    April 25, 1996

    Dallas' lawyer joke

    A legal comedy of errors led to a $5 million tragedy for the city

  • News

    March 14, 1996

    Alarming news

    City has no burning desire to collect false-alarm fines

  • News

    January 11, 1996

    Private dealing

    How Ron Kirk killed the public arena briefing

  • News

    November 2, 1995

    Razing Hopes (Part II)

    Thousands of people in Dallas need a cheap place to live. So why is the city destroying homes that could be saved?

  • News

    August 17, 1995

    Arena games

    City Hall finds $35 million--and toys with turning Reunion into a reflecting pool

  • News

    July 13, 1995

    Lies on Tape

    Secret city documents expose arena-study coverup at City Hall.

  • News

    June 22, 1995

    Wide open town

    Unlike Big D, Houston thrives on open government

  • News

    June 15, 1995

    None of your business?

    Closed council sessions scorn open-meetings law

  • News

    November 3, 1994

    Whose city is it, anyway?

    Arena documents, discussions remain hidden from the public

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