J.L. Turner Legal Association Vows to Keep an Eye on Media During JWP Investigation

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The J.L. Turner Legal Association is better known as the African-American bar association in Dallas, and bills itself as "the oldest and largest national association of African-American and minority attorneys, jurists, legal scholars, and law students in the world." Its leadership consists of attorneys at such firms as Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld, Weil Gotshal & Manges and West & Associates.

The association's president is Eric Blue, who doesn't take kindly to media members (ahem) speculating about the John Wiley Price investigation. Hence this statement just sent to media, via the Dallas Bar Association:
"No one has been charged, and no one has been accused of wrong doing. Our organization will monitor the course of this investigation and the related media coverage to ensure that the investigation and related media reports are handled with the highest degree of legal, journalistic and ethical standards. Any leap to a conclusion in this matter at this point would be premature given that the FBI has indicated that the investigation is ongoing. Any speculation beyond that would be reckless, and obviously counterproductive to the pursuit of justice."

"Commissioner Price has vigorously represented the members of his district and has been a tireless advocate for the continued advancement of social justice and economic development for all citizens of Dallas County. He deserves a fair and just opportunity to defend his name and stand against any allegations made against him."

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Suspicious
Suspicious

As a former member of J.L. Turner, I don't understand why Mr. Blue is issuing a statement in this case.  There have been many other cases in the DFW area that this organization could have issued statements about, or otherwise gotten involved in, but did not.  I found membership in the organization next to worthless because of its apathy on legal issues affecting people of color, among other things.  It seemed over the years that J.L. Turner's only cause was to put on a scholarship gala (party), and nothing else.  J.L. Turner's leadership has stayed silent on many other issues.  So, for Mr. Blue to come out now on behalf of JWP is suspicious.

The Derelict
The Derelict

since they feel so strongly about it, then they should drop some money or business card into that collection plate that went around a few weeks ago to aid Brotha' Price in his defense.

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

We are in a sad state of affairs in Dallas County,people make comments about what a Commissioner does or not do while in Office and evidently has no clue of job duties.I Want Commissioner Price to have a fair investigation  in fact all people should have fair process in criminal justice system.What are these groups asking people to do,give Price a pass on publicity when he built his career on media coverage? Everyone should relax and allow the process to work.

Cujo
Cujo

What the statement fails to say is what they're going to do about it if, in their obviously unbiased opinion, that some evil pressperson[1] crosses over their undefined and imaginary line.

[1] Gotta be politically correct. Politics trumps grammar where those hellbound white people are concerned.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

I wonder if they will be as diligent about monitoring the media reports of JWP's indictment and conviction?

whodunnit
whodunnit

I seem to recall something about "freedom of the press". I guess Mr. Blue missed that class when he went to law school. Rock On! Dallas Observer! Let Mr. Blue and his cronies monitor the Morning News.

BC
BC

 John Wiley Price hired Caucasian Attorney's,initially. Did he retain these Moron's also?

The Black Preacher's and the Black Church's held a rally. Somebody set up a defense fund for JWP. Maybe Mr Blue's group is being paid out of the defense fund. Everybody wants a piece of the action. Shame,Shame,Shame.

Balch Springs Citizen
Balch Springs Citizen

You have to be kidding me....you must not live in his district.  Wow...who else in going to take up for this clown.  When he was telling white people to go to hell, and cursing out fellow commissioners, he should have been doing something positive for his district.  One day go to his office to ask me a question, you will see the real JWP.  Oh by the way, I am BLACK....give me a break, this guy is a joke.

Cheshyre
Cheshyre

Are they charging by the hour for this?

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

"Commissioner Price has vigorously represented the members of his district and has been a tireless advocate for the continued advancement of social justice and economic development for all citizens of Dallas County."

Since Price has not, in fact, "been a tireless advocate for the continued advancement of social justice and economic development for all citizens of Dallas County",   I can only conclude that Mr. Blue is a personal friend of Mr. Price and that his concern is less about journalistic integrity and more about protecting his bud.

Paul
Paul

That settles it ... why bother to vote ...

"No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 5

That's it Comrade Napoleon's name is really Eric Blue ... Eric Blue will decide for us as to what should be reported lest we make up our own minds ...

If there was anyone out there who thought we had a representative democracy think again, we have a representative oligarchy who are doing their best to keep us from making the wrong decision ... the only problem is that we don't elect them and they don't appear to represent anyone but themselves ...

george
george

If a black man is accused of wrongdoing, it MUST be because of the color of his skin.  Good thing there are groups organized solely on the basis of having a particular skin color to come to his defense!  Hooray for ignoring difficult concepts like right and wrong, and emphasizing easy-to-see things like pigmentation instead!  That's a super great way for society to advance!  It's always worked in the past!

Rt76209
Rt76209

Good to see that there's an impartial body watching the whole thing-now, I finally feel good abouit it.

Mister Nifty
Mister Nifty

R = L + FPLet R equal "Reality" while L equals "Liberty" and FP equals "Freedom of the Press."R + L + FP = N(SB)Let N equal Nonsense and SB equal "screaming alot like a baboon."Okay, after reducing these terms down, we get (L) F/P * N(SB)^2After reducing these terms down to their lowest common denominator we get,FP + L + SB = RWhere R reduces down to racism every time.    

BC
BC

WTF...You mean Jim Schutze didn't check with the African American Bar Association before he wrote the article about the JWP investigation. " Informed Speculation"?  Shame on you Jim.

There is a New Media Watch Dog on the Block. They're keeping an eye on the JWP investigation to insure he gets a fair investigation????? WTF 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow, gotta love the "Bar" is coming to JWPs defense in this case, sounds like another group of hustlers and thieves trying to protect one of their own from being held accountable. Im wondering if Royce West will be heading up his defense team?

TrueTV
TrueTV

This is nothing less than a threat to try to muzzle people and violate our 1st Amendment right. It will not work. His threat will not deter anyone from exercising their rights, sorry. Good try, though. 

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Mr. Blue might be asked how he intends to "monitor the course of this investigation" without the help of aggressive media coverage.  J.L. Turner would be right in reminding citizens that JWP deserves a fair trial untainted by false reports in the media, but he does not deserve to have reporters restrained or the public kept in the dark.

Jay
Jay

Pesky thing, that old 1st Amendment, right Mr. Blue?

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

...and the FBI just got a new organization to investigate for sketchy ties to JWP's money.

Jim Bob Guthrie
Jim Bob Guthrie

All of JWP's legal team is white.  And they are going to Hell. 

Maybe Mr. Blue is just asking for some equity to be a part of the legal eagles defending Price and his white co-conspirators.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

 The JL Turner is hardly a group of hustlers and thieves. It is in fact a very well respected organization of African American Lawyers. A group that came to exist because the Dallas  Bar Association was segregated, which is sadly not ancient history. The organization was founded by LA Bedford, a fine lawyer and a real gentlemen.

http://www.dallasweekly.com/ne...

You may disagree with their position, but the organization is a very worthy one.

Rico
Rico

Good point. Is it really the role of the JL Turner Bar Association, or the Dallas Bar Association, take such a position or weigh in at all in this matter? As a member of the DBA, this makes me very uncomfortable.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Bill, when people are in an organization w/ the names of JL Turner or LA Bedford, they should attempt to be at the level of upstanding citizen as those gentlemen. I just find it odd this cat comes out of the woodwork telling people what they should and should not say in the press. Last time I checked, we didnt have to report to their Politburo if there was a story about one of their members or someone they've defended. Im guessing theres a "black hole" of common sense in this situation and JWP is right in the middle of it...

Jay
Jay

We have truly come full circle in this country, when the president of an African-American bar association advocates stifling the media in order to protect the pursuit of justice.

Balch Springs Citizen
Balch Springs Citizen

I am a huge fan of LA Bedford, so thank you for clarifying what this group stands for.

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