Federal City Hall Corruption Trial Gets a Little National Attention, Courtesy The WSJ
|Don Hill and wife Sheila. Like you didn't know that.|
Dallas lawyer Billy Ravkind, who has a private practice specializing in fraud and embezzlement cases, said he expects jurors to be receptive to the defense's claims of racism. Mr. Ravkind has known many of the defendants for years but isn't representing any of them. When jurors "look over and don't see anyone white" in the defense box, he said, "that's a problem."
Calvin Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said he hoped the case wouldn't taint what he sees as council members' vital role of lobbying for minority constituents to get a shot at construction contracts.