And By "Texas," They Really Mean "Dallas"
In February Jibreel A. Rashad of Dallas became one of the final defendants to be convicted in a corruption probe, including a former Mayor Pro Tem and 12 other public officials, that blurred the boundaries of public and private enterprises. Rashad formed a phony construction company in 2004 and partnered with the elected officials to shake down a low-income housing developer, James R. "Bill" Fisher, into accepting contracts from Rashad's unqualified company. When Fisher refused, city bigwigs delayed Fisher's rezoning bid application. Rashad was convicted of conspiracy to commit extortion.