Oh, There's Former County Judge Jim Foster's Deposition ... On John Wiley Price's Website

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From then-Dallas County Judge Jim Foster's Septemner 2009 deposition
Back in May '09 we ran a few pages from the first part of then-Dallas County Judge Jim Foster's deposition taken by County Commissioner John Wiley Price's attorneys concerning those "shakedown" comments Foster made to Schutze whilst discussing the Inland Port. Reason I went back to look for it: Foster says in the docs he'd spoken with the FBI "on many occasions" about Price and the Inland Port ... which, well, you know. Anyway.

I remember Jim wrote at the time that Price's attorney, Mark D. Johnson, halted the deposition because Chris Weil, Foster's attorney, "attempted to hide behind 24 objections in 48 minutes." I also remembered that Johnson told Schutze:
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"In the eight months since Judge Foster claims that he spoke with the FBI, the FBI hasn't said boo to Commissioner Price. Not a word. Now, I don't know whether they conducted an investigation and found out he didn't do anything wrong, or if they didn't conducted an investigation at all, or if it's still ongoing. I don't know."
Well, we do now. Which brings me to this: I thought we'd published the second part of the deposition, which resumed in September 2009. But I can't find the docs anywhere on Unfair Park, which doesn't mean anything if you've ever tried to use the search engine. But I did find 'em on Price's website as one of only two "news" items on the site. (The other is a press release about the deposition in which Price says "it appears that Price has been an unwilling and uncooperative victim of either Foster's willful lies or his vivid imagination.")

That's an excerpt at top; the rest of the 76 pages follow. Oh, and I see you can still buy a JWP bobblehead. Thank God. Jim Foster Deposition
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Willie
Willie

This is priceless!  I've been deposed a couple of times and I gotta appreciate the obfuscation and manuvering and repetion and leading and misleading questions! 

Diocynic
Diocynic

Right on, shootssee.

Diocynic
Diocynic

Reporter's question: Godam muddr fkr Gertrude Stein?

RTGolden
RTGolden

"... Every government is a parliament of whores, the problem with democracy is, in a democracy, the whores are US. ..."   last line of the book Parliament of Whores.  Apropos for Dallas democracy, I'd say.

Glynn
Glynn

I am so very tempted to get one....

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

They're $25 and they take PayPal.  I passed.  I would have paid $10 though and maybe even bought one for Robert Wilonsky and Jim Schutze.

pak152
pak152

I guess they can use the bobble head dolls to raise money for his deee-fense

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Q. (By Price's attorney): Well, let me ask you, when was the last time you spoke with the FBI regarding Commissioner Price?

Foster's attorney: Objection 1.

The court: Overruled.

A (By Foster): Ten minutes ago.

El Rey
El Rey

So JWP knew he was being investigated two years ago, at the very least. I wonder how much evidence he attempted to get rid of since then. IMO, I would bet he thought Foster was bluffing and he continued conducting business as usual. Given the pace the FBI has taken with this, we are looking at a monster trial with multiple defendants (My bet is 12) and at least 4 flipped witnesses. I just hope an IRS investigator is in the gallery, taking notes of all of those religious leaders taking 'walking around money'.

P1Steven
P1Steven

Wolves leading their sheep....

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Foster: And without the notes, I don't recall everything that they asked me about.

Johnson: Do you have these notes?

Foster: No,they're -- I have no notes.

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

So.... he had notes but destroyed them?  Or the Feds took them ? Hmmmm. . . .

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Sounds like maybe he had already given his notes to the Feds.

P1Steven
P1Steven

Wow... to me I was dumb founded as to why a Judge can bang a drum & noone listen. I guess they were listening.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I think the establishment and the Dallas Morning News heard loud and clear.  That's why they ganged up on him and ran him out on a rail.

Whodunnit
Whodunnit

We can only hope the federal law enforcement people clean up this whole mess........once and for all............enough is enough.

Txnewsprincess
Txnewsprincess

I could've lived 1,000  years without seeing the words oral and Jim Foster in the same sentence.

fredndallas
fredndallas

It's exactly this kind of smug, mindless, cynical, valueless derision that provides the foundation for the kind of service that has been rendered the citizens by John Wiley Price and his ilk.

In many respects Judge Jim Foster was just not "Dallas" enough for these parts.  Unlike the snappy JWP.  Rather than learn from what appears to be the increasing exposure of what that has cost us, some folks will just rock on with their business as usual shallowness.

And we wonder where corruption comes from? 

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

While it is a shame that we have corruption in this city I find it extremely difficult to believe that snarky comments are at the root of it all.

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