John Wiley Price Says He Has "No Idea" Why FBI Agents Are Going Through His Stuff

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I sent one of our interns, Alex Scott, to the law offices of on-and-off John Wiley Price attorney Billy Ravkind about two hours ago. Turns out, John Wiley Price was there -- had been all morning. Moments ago he came out and spoke. And this is what he said:

The Dallas County commissioner insists he has "no idea what's going on" or why federal agents are combing through his stuff and the cars and homes and offices of political consultant Kathy Nealy and Dapheny Fain, Price's executive assistant. Said Price, he walked into his office this morning, saw "there were a lot more people" than usual, then turned around and drove straight to the office of Ravkind, who was also once Al Lipscomb's attorney during his trial for bribery.

Said Price, who spoke of the "adversity" of the situation, in his decades in office, "this isn't the first time they've investigated something." At which point, that was that, and Alex and the other media members on hand were escorted out of the office.
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Ben Dover
Ben Dover

What Price really means is that he's not sure which crooked activity he got caught doing.There is no one who can cover his butt now.

Michael T
Michael T

Hey, if they were searching for a stolen gerbil they should have done a cavity search.

Kheri Hines
Kheri Hines

Wednesday night on internet radio show Center Stage the camp of Commissioner John Wiley Price fired back. For just under two hours Vincent Hall, assistant and friend to Commissioner Price sat in the hot seat and answered the tough questions. When asked about the cars, money and real estate dealing of Commissioner Price, Hall set the record straight. He also asked the public to be patient and not rush to judgment. Take a listen to this must hear pod cast.http://www.blogtalkradio.com/c...

P1Tom in Plano
P1Tom in Plano

His arrogance knows no bounds. He has thrived being the bully of the commissioners court.   I have many suspicions about JWP, but will wait until the feds take action to see whether my suspicions are correct or if he will be vindicated,  although I suspect he has something to worry about. 

elconservador
elconservador

Andre read my post below. I can assure you that the FBI and federal judges do not go on fishing expeditions for political corruption cases. Too sensitive. Investigators have to work with US Attorneys in order to obtain enough behind the scenes evidence in order to get to first base in front of the judge. Do you actually think the Holder/Obama administration is after JWP and Eddie Bernice Johnson??  They protected both of them until they saw the handwriting on the wall (evidence we will not see for months---wire taps and flipped witness statements) and they dont need this for re election. Remember many low level county employees and DFW airport staff have lost their jobs over questionable acts by JWP and EBJ....They really didnt care for their fellow minority employees who thought they were coerced.  No andre get your facts together..the "new" US Attorney is not new, she has been a CAREER prosecutor (Non political appointee until Monday) for almost 10 yrs and headed up Don Hill case... I think that is called experienced and no need to earn her Latina "bones".  

Andre
Andre

Does it strike that the FBI makes these highly publicized raids of (2) JWP offices, His assistant's home, his political consultant's office & home  and no ones in handcuffs. We have a new US Attorney that started worked yesterday and needs to make her bones. No sealed indictments, nobody sitting in a squad car. C'mon Man. Maybe if they fish hard and long enough they can come with something.

dufus
dufus

It ain't for stopping traffic in front of the NE DPD substation. Perhaps it's about  . . . . FOLLOWING THE MONEY.

Publicintegrity
Publicintegrity

Did you get a quote from Royce West? Nothing but crickets from his office.

Will be fun to see who wins the race to the courthouse to flip...JWP or Royce.  Hopefully the prosecutors have enough to politely decline any such offers from any of the players.

Smfdgf
Smfdgf

Before he left his office he told the F.B.I. ( You white people cac go to Hell )

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

To the tune of “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dyna” John is in the slammer with Lee RoyJohn is in the slammer we know oh  oh  ohJohn is in the slammer with Lee RoyDown on Cell Block Row John is in the shower with Lee RoyJohn is in the shower we know oh oh ohJohn is in the shower with Lee RoyPicking up a bar of soap.

Tdm51
Tdm51

I say fire him before they even look at the documents seized......that is what he does to others

elconservador
elconservador

Based on my experience dealing with various parties in fraud investigations and especially with federal officials Ruben Navarete is maybe correct.  This raid would not have happened without Obama/Holder permission. All of these public corruption cases are personally vetted at the highest levels of DOJ. I suspect this raid was orginally requested months if not years ago except for the fact we have not had a perm US Attorney in place because Eddie Bernice johnson wanted a yes man or yes woman. Until yesterday Eddie Bernice Johnson et al held up the appt of  a very honest and ethical  Latina fraud buster US Attorney  for 2 1/2 years!  Eddie Bernice Johnson even added more pressure to Holder/Obama after Eddie Bernices Friends and Family college slush fundgate was exposed.  (Attn Media--follow the money at DFW Airport and awarding contracts to minority firms there...hint hint---federal funds!!!---  DFW never reposted or hired for the disgraced employee who left)----hmmm Non essential???) Word out in the street is that Obama/Holder saw too much for them to continue to defend Eddie Bernice during election year....As soon as they had to throw her under the bus (certain that the feds had the goods on her--and or house ethics committee too)  they immediately gave the green light to new US Atty last week, and viola....floods of search warrants will be coming down in the days and weeks to come....As anyone with US Atty political background and they will agree that this had to be given the green light at the Whitehouse....so the possible facts may be a lot juicer than we can imagine.... Prediction,  Eddie Bernice Johnson and some of her family and friends (who did not already flipped) got "a lot of splainning to do" .     

elconservador
elconservador

I encourage everyone to read or re-read Investigator Deffenbaugh's report about Kwanzza.http://bit.ly/ai5ZtU  It lays out the obvious vioaltions of law by JWP and his non profit of failing to diclose docs. Wonder why IRS could not produce docs that are required by most non profits who actually collect and spend money. Pay attention to coercion of public servants by JWP and constables  a clear violation of state law and federal if any federal funds were used or any thing was done via the "mails" or "wire". Read it carefully and in between the lines this report lays out potentially more conspiratorial crimes...The last damning point is that this report laid all of this out for the public and media and especially for the local DA and County Auditor (who is suppose to be independent) and these officials did NOTHING!!!. Thank you for our FBI. Many places in the country the FBI would have looked the other way  

steve
steve

When are they going to raid Ross Perot Jr's office and crib?  I mean we all know who was paying JWP to keep the inland port out of South Dallas County...

Not Mr. Potashnik
Not Mr. Potashnik

Glad to know that JWP's assistants are already playing the race card. Just like those folks in that real estate corruption case. How well did that work out for them? D'Angelo Leee, got a date in prison tonight? Don Hill, do you finally have that Black mandate you've long wanted? Or should I say *man* date? Ouch.

Parker
Parker

We all know that we are about to be labeled 'RACISTS'...again! I wonder when Americans will get tired of being branded racists for the ills of the black community?

Jcgreen59
Jcgreen59

This is the result of Jim Foster and Maureen Dickey who have trumped up retaliation charges of improprieties; fraud, kickbacks, etc. Any Individual knows that within twenty six years of governing in Dallas County JWP if guilty of kickbacks ...and other illegal acts would have been brought down by the F.B.I. by now especially with the negative sentiments of white folks who detest his actions on the Court and the power he welds in this city. This writer believes Mr. Price would have been gone years ago if he was dirty. Jim Foster and Maureen Dickey and Kenneth Mayfield hate Mr. Price with a passion so great that to trump up false allegations to shame him would morally justify public humiliation in their eyes. This is the smoking gun the FBI also would play off at the expense of getting Mr. Price out of office. Nevertheless, if this backfires without any charges filed, or without a guilty verdict this will make Dallas look extremely bad, and the FBI knows this, and they do not want allegations to surface that they played the race card and went under handily at Mr. Price to appease the white folks of Dallas County due to the power Mr. Price is seen to weld. In addition the Federal prosecutors are aware of this also and will play within the realm of the law to try and garner a conviction to justify the investigation and get Mr. Price out of Office. This is why the FBI is going to thoroughly and meticulously examine all his personals documents and files in an attempt to find any small thing what will make a case, and get a jury to convict, in the eyes of the Government they want to bring him down and publicly humiliate Mr. Price.Never in Dallas County has a Black Man welded so much power over white folks, and they fear this Black Man that they perceive has so much power. The latest outburst has nothing to do with this investigation, don't be bamboozled, this was planned and orchestrated by Maureen Dickey, Jim Foster and Kenneth Mayfield and, until this is resolved white folks are going to print negative propaganda simply to mislead other white folks and naysayers to believe the hype in hopes of generating a perception that Mr. Price is dirty, and was playing dirty behind the scenes. Just let it play out, because this has the potential to blow up if it’s played out wrong and the FBI does not make a charge stick, keep in mind they are going to invest all their manpower to bring down this Black Man, to give the white folks of Dallas County a moral victory.

Rkhall
Rkhall

Former Dallas Morning News editorial columnist Ruben Navarrette who now opines at the San Diego Union-Tribune posted an eye-opener on his facebook page yesterday. If his posting is spot you can’t help but wonder who will be the next big shot on the hot seat and who is the media contact who has Ruben’s ear? Ruben Navarrette’s facebook posting is listed below:  

(This just in: My sources in Dallas, TX tell me that there are not one but two sh** storms on the horizon involving local and prominent African-American officials. The first has already been reported -- the FBI raid of the office of longtime Co. Commissioner John Wiley Price. But wait until you hear about the second one. Wow! God, sometimes, I miss Texas! For a columnist, it's the gift that keeps on giving.)

Michael123
Michael123

Former Dallas Morning News editorial columnist Ruben Navarrette who now opines at the San Diego Union-Tribune posted an eye-opener on his facebook page yesterday. If his posting is spot you can’t help but wonder who will be the next big shot on the hot seat and who is the media contact who has Ruben’s ear? Ruben Navarrette’s facebook posting is listed below:  

(This just in: My sources in Dallas, TX tell me that there are not one but two sh** storms on the horizon involving local and prominent African-American officials. The first has already been reported -- the FBI raid of the office of longtime Co. Commissioner John Wiley Price. But wait until you hear about the second one. Wow! God, sometimes, I miss Texas! For a columnist, it's the gift that keeps on giving.)

Patriotsunite
Patriotsunite

I hope they put him, Kathy Nealy and Dapheny Fain in jail soon. Who will clean up voter rolls for the elections 2012 ? Why is Kathy Nealy in control of voter database? Voter fraud is the major problem we face. Hope they confiscated the voting machines at his warehouses, too.

DL
DL

All I have got to say is...IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!  I pray this is the end of JWP!

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I can think of an old African American euphemism that ties into the current situation w/ JWP: The chickens are coming home to roost. JWP has screwed quite a few people in Dallas in the past three decades and, like his dagger-mouthed homeboy Don Hill, its all going to come to light..I just find it ironic this all happens right after another old crooked brother (Al Lipscomb) is dead and barely in the ground..

Watching Sotuh Detroit
Watching Sotuh Detroit

He is not sure because there are so many extortions, frauds, bribes, and shakedowns to choose from.  So many possibilities.

Whitman1
Whitman1

Local officials always think that just because they have everyone around them cowed and fooled that they have nothing to worry about. They always forget about the federal government.

Gehrigs302
Gehrigs302

Via Twitter: Channel 8's Brett Shipp on assignment in Austin, TX notes: @brett_shipp Everyone be watching Ch8 at 10pm. Big updates on JWP/FBI raids.

DA
DA

"The Reckoning"

Rain39
Rain39

JWP has colored outside the lines enough in public that one could suspect the FBI has some stuff on him from under the covers (figuratively).  If so, we'll just have to see where this goes.

Another questionable institution these days is Parkland Hospital's administration which is closely tied to the Commissioner's court.  Their psych department is interesting to be sure.

Andre
Andre

I have live in Tarrant Count all my life . We laugh @ Dallas County. I know the drill with the feds. I'm not a JWP fan. Just wanted to point out how much more fun it would be to see them in the back of squad car. Maybe a perp walk this morning in orange jumpsuits. I know it would be fun for you guys.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Once the handcuffs click the "speedy trial requirement" clock starts ticking.  The feds will have all of their searches done, and all of the people filipped they can flip before any arrests are made.

Phelps
Phelps

I don't see anywhere that the FBI was publicizing these raids.  If anything, they tried to time it so that the mayoral swearing in took time away from the coverage.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

They want to get all the info correct(hard evidence and so forth) before they start slapping cuffs on(wouldn't want to just try circumstantial evidence in court). Please try to think harder and come up with better arguments for your "man downtown". He's gonna need it at the trial.

Phelps
Phelps

In other words, this is the one in a one-two punch, and EBJ is the two.  That really makes sense if they plan on flipping JWP against EBJ, since he's a notorious snitch to start with.

CRA
CRA

You are dead on!!! There are many things coming out in a very short time frame. This will be the most turmultious time, ever seen by many county and city officials.

In the words of the late, great, Senator Ted Kennedy, "Civil Rights remains the unfinished business of America."

Its finally time!!! Time for dirty politicians to join Hill, and clean up the entire City! God Bless any politico that decides to lie to the feds!!!!!!!!!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

True, but Perot was probably smart enough to account for the payments to JWP  or his business, JWP can't, even though its probably on a wire tap somewhere that he knew about the payments

md
md

The FBI did not expend all that manpower simply based on allegations from a Dallas County Judge and Commissioner. When it gets to that point, they typically have enough evidence of wrongdoing to get a conviction. The searches turn up additional evidence that can lead to additional charges against the target or others.

Camaro Guy
Camaro Guy

Haha, It's much more than Maurine and Jim playing twista with this overstuffed Oreo...The Feds always have their players bagged before going public....Political crooks always want your kind of spin to deflect away from their crime. Your spew does more harm to the political base and citizens in the long term. Face it, he's a crook and your creed should find a new visionary for your racial conspiracy theories.

Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

I couldn't understand this - was distracted by the 50 race cards hitting the floor.  Could it just be that he did something wrong - is that not a possibility to you?  Don Hill claimed he was innocent also. 

Its so sad
Its so sad

Yes, JWP must be wrongly accused. The evidence of his hard work for the benefit of his supporters in Southern Dallas is evident everywhere - unemployment, decay, blocking every employer from building or expanding unless they deliver 'equity', etc. This is what a good, honest politiction brings to his constituents. No black man is ever guilty. Can't be. It's the whites that cause all the problems and blame the black man every time.Even O.J. was innocent! Guess all this means that if a black man does it, it's not a crime. Now if a Hispanic man did the same things we might have a case!

Rooster
Rooster

Or it could just be that Our Man Downtown, like many other Dallas politicians, is on the take?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

If its well to do whites that are the problem, then why does south dallas keep voting for the wealthy dallas citizens council candidate?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

All I heard in that comment was whistles and pops...

My advice: not all "black men" are on the up and up, obviously JWPs caught up in something and he's finally being called on it. When will the "community" finally admit to itsself not every brother or sister is "innocent" when they know in their hearts and minds they're crooked..

Willie
Willie

Dollars to doughnuts that Lipscomb played a big part in giving him up.

BoPeep
BoPeep

Yes, they are foolish if they don't think Uncle Sam is watching! Stay tuned!

Dallasseoguru
Dallasseoguru

Price has been under investigation for over 4 years...

His stunts with the bail bond board and Scott Jones give reason to investigate him

He is corrupt. Kinda like 4 more years of Obummer, Bill Agers, and Chicago politics ...

Dallas is almost as bad. Look at Wilmer Hutchins school, DISD, and just about most contracts made with city officials. The fact that they are career politicians makes me ill.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

"Circumstantial evidence" is evidence that tends to prove the truth of the position asserted; it is often the most reliable evidence.  DNA, fingerprints, blood typing, handwriting are all circumstantial evidence.  "Direct evidence," on the other hand, is confessions and eye witness identifications. 

Andre
Andre

Hey trannyntraining. Hey ain't my man downtown. I live in Fort Worth, always have.I don't have a dog in this fight.

Diemund Bläde
Diemund Bläde

It's ok. I remember when the Nazis used to say Hitler wasn't bad.

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