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Attorney Claims Dallas County, John Wiley Price Are Keeping Him Out of Bail Bond Biz

Phillip David Wainscott, who's been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1995, says Dallas County is interfering with his ability to make a living -- and by Dallas County, he really means Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price in his position as a member of the county's Bail Bond Board, which regulates the bonding business. This week in Dallas federal court, Wainscott sued the county, which put him in the penalty box two years ago -- for advertising on the Web and in the phone book under "A Aaron Bail Bonds," that old trick -- and refuses to let him out now.

Wainscott, who has twice had his hand slapped by the State Bar of Texas, wants to get back in the bail-bonding business, which is why he's also filed for preliminary injunctive relief till the courts settle this matter. But according to Wainscott in a complaint available in full after the jump, Price and the county haves "violated [his] civil rights by interfering with his right to earn a living and execute bail bonds in his name in Dallas County, Texas and in retaliation for [his] exercising certain constitutional rights." According to Wainscott's complaint, they're out to get him:

Plaintiff alleges that the hearings were not fair, nor did they provide him with due process. Members of the DCBBB were biased against the Plaintiff and let their feelings be known: Greg Albright, the District Clerk representative, called Plaintiff a fool and questioned his character by stating that Plaintiff had no credibility; Commissioner John Wiley Price, the Commissioner's Court representative, stated it was the boards' desire to "extinguish" Plaintiff; Joel Winful, the attorney for the Bail Bond Board, was not candid and misrepresented to the Board untrue and unreasonable statements regarding the law and the results of earlier litigation concerning this issue."

Wainscott v. Dallas County

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