OK. Now I get why the FBI is taking so long with the investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. They actually have to figure out all the stuff I can just paint as colorful drama. And they're doing it.
I haven't been keeping up with my John Wiley Price homework, or I would have mentioned this earlier. Looks like the FBI has had its fine-tooth comb out going all over a story I told you about more than a year ago.
It involves the embattled commissioner and a fellow named Wayne White. He's the one who said to me of Price, "This guy's a scumbag with all kinds of pressure he can put on you."
I had tracked down White because of a story of which I had heard bits and pieces for years, concerning strange property dealings between White, Price and entire cast of colorful courthouse characters. I wanted to know how White, an antiques dealer, got himself into the middle of it.
"It will all come out what kind of person he is," White told me. "He's just a con man. The only thing I want to say for him, you can print it, he's a Chicago politician in Texas."
I was aware that the FBI paid a visit to White at some point after my piece came out. But then I sort of forgot about it. Hey. I'm busy, OK? What do I look like, the John Wiley Price Information Bank?
At the end of last week, Price's lawyers filed his response to what I thought was a Justice Department document with a 12-page laundry list of specific allegations against Price. Turns out it was a 62-page laundry list.
I didn't look at Price's response until today. But when I did, I realized it was responding to a much longer amended version of the original federal document filed in a civil foreclosure case the feds filed against Price last May. I had only read the short version.
Aha! There in the much longer version were all kinds of excruciating detail about White's real estate transactions with Price. It's a bit much to get into here, but, among other things, it explains how it is that White sold a piece of property to Price on September 3, 2002, and then Price's administrative assistant, Dapheny Fain, sold him the same piece of property the same day.
Only White had never sold it to Fain, so ... oh, forget it. You get the picture. Something just ain't right.
The much longer amended federal affidavit gives a good picture of what the FBI has been up to and what the Justice Department will bring to court with when this case goes. You can have eight guys weaving a big hairball around you and maybe you think you're invisible. Then one day 125 feds show up with fine-tooth combs.