At Today's Hearing, Mayor Caraway Throws Most of City Hall's Highers-Up Under the Bus

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Sam Merten
[Update at 8:09 p.m.: Jim sends word from the courthouse that Judge Snelson has denied that request for an injunction, leaving the temporary restraining order to dissolve at midnight -- and the records will be released after all. Tomorrow, maybe, no word yet on when.]

Jim's at the George Allen at this very moment, where Judge Teresa Guerra Snelson just took a brief pause for the cause -- long enough for Jim to send this update. But be warned: Snelson told the crowd at the courthouse that the evidentiary hearing regarding the release (or not) of tapes made in January -- when Dallas Police were called to the home of Mayor Dwaine Caraway and state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway -- may stretch well toward midnight, when the TRO granted on March 8 expires.

As noted below, Caraway took the stand about 40 minutes ago. Jim, it's all yours:
Amazing testimony from Dwaine alleging that all of this was orchestrated from day one by Mayor Tom Leppert, City Manager Mary Suhm, Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans and Dallas Police Chief David Brown -- all of whom heard the tapes soon after the incident. The mayor claims his statement given at council was written by Dallas City Attorney Tom Perkins. He semi-throws Barbara under the bus by pointing out he was the complainant. He throws the chief under the bus by claiming he called him only as a friend and didn't want police sent to the house.

But Dwaine and his attorney, Michael Payma, may have screwed up big time: Payma got Dwaine to say he listened to the tape to prepare for today's hearing. Paul Watler, the Jackson Walker attorney representing The Dallas Morning News, jumped on that, telling the judge: If they used the tape to prepare for the trial, then they have to give us a copy of the tape too. Dwaine became furious and said, repeatedly, he didn't listen to the tape very carefully. Watler finally said: Judge, he's contradicted himself, and we should be given the tape.

Snelson said she will rule on that. But not now.

One last note: I am no lawyer, but everything that Dwaine and his attorney have done has only made this more and more of a  public and political issue. They've brought in Leppert, Suhm, Evans, Perkins. It's more and more like a palace plot.
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Justin Julian
Justin Julian

I LOVE reading this stuff. I love Dallas, I tell people 'I'm in Dallas'...but I live in Lewisville. Denton County. So I get to watch the floor show but not worry about cleaning up after the elephant act drops loads all over the stage. :D

Conservative
Conservative

Isn't there enough crazy crap going on in the world right now? Seems to me the media is trying to upstage Charlie Sheen...just saying

Geez
Geez

Natinsky better throw Caraway under the bus or he's toast in North Dallas! All the other mayor candidates need to do is reprint the DO pix of Natinsky and Caraway when Dwain endorsed him! What fun!

Derelict
Derelict

what be so funny is dat his constituments will still boat for him

And Lest We Forget...
And Lest We Forget...

MINUTES OF THE DALLAS CITY COUNCILMONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

Councilmember Dave Neumann nominated Councilmember Dwaine Caraway as Mayor Pro Tem of the City Council.

Motion seconded by Councilmember Allen.

Councilmembers voting for Dwaine Caraway:Tom Leppert (Mayor)Delia Jasso (District 1)Dave Neumann (District 3)Dwaine Caraway (District 4)Steve Salazar (District 6)Carolyn Davis (District 7)Sheffie Kadane (District 9)Jerry Allen (District 10)Linda Koop (District 11)Ron Natinsky (District 12)Ann Margolin (District 13)

Councilmembers voting for Vonciel Jones Hill: Pauline Medrano (District 2) Vonciel Jones Hill (District 5) Tennell Atkins (District 8) Angela Hunt (District 14)

Richardhunter
Richardhunter

I was in the court room, and the best part was when he exclaimed "I plead the 5th" in response to being pressed for the last names of Arthur and Archie. Seriously.

jeeze louise
jeeze louise

That picture is like deja vu. No, wait, it was our last ex-mayor Pro Tem flashing a "Number1" that I'm remembering. Ah.... those were the days.

Hey Dwaine, how many more days until we get to hear the tape?

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Pretty sure Caraway will not be selected as Mayor Pro Tem again.

Ever.

Bob
Bob

Just how is this a palace plot? It appears rather plainly that Mayor Caraway needs no assistance in making himself look terminally foolish. I would bet that Leppert, Suhm, Evans, Perkins, and whomever else you could throw into the pot would just as soon this all go away. No one else has anything to gain by this circus, but Mayor Caraway has a lot to lose. Of course, he has already lost what he seemed to be fighting for--the respect of his constituents. He can't really damage the City, and he can't really damage the Council. And there's not much left of Dwayne Caraway left to damage. Thanks for the show, Dwayne.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Just think what The mayor would be saying if there were no tapes. That was a smart move on who ever made a permanent record if these events.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Doesn't he understand that the harder he struggles, the more people are going to want to hear this tape? Either the man is simply not very bright, or there's something on that tape that would implicate him in performing a variety of oral sex acts on a goat. I can't think of much less bizarre and embarassing than that to cause him to go so far out of his way to make sure everyone in the country wants a listen.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I am not the biggest fan of Caraway, but he has officially set black people back 50 years with this mess. You know there was a time in this world when your word meant something. Before ppl had credit, they just had their name. Now people just lie, to have to tell another lie, to have to tell another lie. Just come clean so we can just forget about this. But keep lying and you keep adding fuel to the fire.

thufir_hawat
thufir_hawat

(i) Michael Payma is a fine lawyer, getting as far as he has on his own skill, not on the facts of the case or the rationality of his client. There is a vast gulf between giving good advice and counsel and actually having it followed.

(ii) It can't surprise anyone, though, that the Plaintiff would get on the stand and blame anyone and everyone but himself.

(iii) The note about his wife is interesting. Where, again, is she in all this? Does she not have a privacy right at least equal to the Plaintiff's? What does she know, or not know?

John_McKee
John_McKee

So, wait, there was a conspiracy in city hall over this tape? That seems like an even more compelling reason why the public should have access to it.

Trek1red
Trek1red

Amazing. Is on medication or has he been drinking a lot lately? He does not make any sense.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

You people don't realize you've fallen into Caraway's trap. He's gone to such histrionics (Dwayne if you're reading this it means you made yourself look dramatic and batshit crazy) to keep the tape from being leaked that once it does get out everybody will say: "that's it?"

Montemalone
Montemalone

He should hire Denny Crane. He's never lost a case.

Steve
Steve

"If they used the tape to prepare for the trial, then they have to give us a copy of the tape too. Dwaine became furious and said, repeatedly, he didn't listen to the tape very carefully."

Heh, that sounds like it's from a Three Stooges sketch -

Dwaine "Curly" Caraway : "But i didn't listen to them very carefully yer judgeship nyuk nyuk nyuk *wipes hands down face a few times*"

KSK
KSK

Payma is *clearly* in the pocket of Leppert, Suhm, Evans, and Perkins! He allowed his client to state that he listened to the tape in a clear effort to tank the case!

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Caraway finds someone with less sense than himself, and it turns out to be his attorney? What are effing odds?

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Can anyone go down there and watch? This sounds better than the Lady Ga Ga show.

gabbahey
gabbahey

This is one of the few upsides of living in Dallas proper; the City Hall mainstage, and equally ridiculous sideshow...

Jay
Jay

How exactly do the antics of one individual set black people back 50 years? Do Charley Sheen's ravings set white people back 50 years? I'm quite sure only a small fraction of the black community in Dallas consider Caraway anything but a buffoon like the rest of us.

Joshua
Joshua

she is a politician...thus, she too only know how to lie, cheat, steal, and hide for cover during damaging press coverage.....she talks and act "whiter" than Dwaine.

Marcstuff
Marcstuff

I drink lots of beer and I don't say stuff like that

Joshua
Joshua

......but but but...yer honor....I only put a LITTLE of it IN.........!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Absolutely. Open to the public. At the George Allen on Commerce. Bring your own popcorn.

Frank Stokes
Frank Stokes

In fact, Jay, Charlie Sheen's antics HAVE set white people back 50 years. That is a very salient point, and I thank you.

TR
TR

More like Boone's

Joshua
Joshua

Its the Colt 45 and Courvosier that do it

Montemalone
Montemalone

Harry's Law ain't bad. They've got Tommy Jefferson, a shyster derivative of D.C.

hey jimmy!
hey jimmy!

you know what they said about nixon.. TRICKAY!!

Joshua
Joshua

That until Sheen's family tree discovers that he is a descendant of an African Slave family from the early 1800s...thus continuing the proof of defective racial genes.

TR
TR

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