Dallas County Constable Ben Adamcik Is Soliciting For Whistleblowers' Legal Defense

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Ben Adamcik
Maybe you read the piece in the paper over the weekend about how all those Dallas County deputy constables who blew all those whistles on Dallas County Precinct 1 Constable Derick Evans and former Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes are scared of losing their jobs. They have good reason: The Dallas County Commissioners Court is looking to lose 100 deputy constables. A pending proposal, stopped only by a federal judge till month's end, would transfer their warrant-serving duties to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.

Far as the deputies are concerned, the commissioners are retaliating for their having ratted out Cortes and Evans back in '08 and '09, when former FBI special agent Danny Defenbaugh turned up all those irregularities, let's say, involving tow companies, campaign contributions and a little something called KwanzaaFest. As The News reported, the deputies believe the commissioners -- one in particular, whose initials are J, W and P -- are also trying to foul up a certain federal investigation. But County Judge Clay Jenkins insists this is just about being more ... efficient. Yeah, let's go with that.

Which bring us to this missive that just arrived in the in-box, forwarded by a Friend of Unfair Park. In it, Precinct 3 Constable Ben Adamcik is taking donations for the deputies' legal defense fund because to see their jobs being sent over to the sheriff is "more than I could bear." Interesting. Jump for the whole letter. And the links.
As a Constable in Dallas County I each work diligently each day to provide services to the Justice of the Peace courts and to be sure that writs, warrants and all other civil process are carried out in the most efficient and timely manner possible. This is not without great risk to my deputies who place themselves in harm's way each and every day carrying out their duties.

For my deputies to share information with law enforcement that has helped make cases against 2 indicted Constables and then be told their positions are being transferred to the Sheriff's department was more than I could bear. Because it is being done to punish these men and women who so bravely stood the test of integrity and blew the whistle. Retaliation is not permitted under the law, and that is what is happening here.

Now I and my colleagues need your support to make sure this does not happen!

As you may have heard a federal lawsuit has been filed to prevent this from happening. Investigation of retaliation against whistleblowers under 20 federal statutes falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program of the United States Department of Labor's [ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). New whistleblower statutes enacted by Congress which are to be enforced by the Secretary of Labor are generally delegated by a Secretary's Order[ to OSHA's Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program (OWPP). We believe the law is on our side.

But legal action takes money and that is why I am writing to you today. Won't you help me right this wrong that is about to be done. The injunctive relief won recently will only last until September 30. We must prove to the court that this action by the Commissioners' Court is wrong.

My colleagues and I are not against a reduction in force in these uncertain economic times. But this is much more than that. We have all committed to do our part with the budget reductions the county must make to balance the budget. But not illegally, which is what they are asking us to do.

Please help us with your most generous contribution. Our attorneys are providing us with great expertise, but cannot do all of the work pro bono. So, please fill out the enclosed card, so we may send along our thanks to you and keep you informed as the case progresses.

Checks may be made out to : Dallas County Constable Association and sent to P.O. Box 59503 Dallas, TX 75229 or you may contribute online at www.dallascountyconstablesassociation.com

We would be so grateful for your support.

Very truly yours,

Ben Adamcik
Constable Precinct 3


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18 comments
johndoe
johndoe

Publicintegrity

The only ruse is that we have allowed the real crooks to get away with breaking the law. When we vote for honest men and women to lead of local governments, then this whole mess will come to an end. The DEPUTY CONSTABLES are NOT the PROBLEM, the elected crooks we placed into office are.

Michael C
Michael C

I think it's sad that I already don't believe a single thing that comes out of Jenkins' mouth. For all the issues with JWP, at least he's up front with why he is doing something (as Sherbert stated recently). 

Jenkins has yet to be up front about anything.

And the whole Commissioners Court just went down about  notches (as if they could go any lower) for allowing Watkins to hire his election staff to work for the DA, in charge of "social networking"? So we are now paying his relatives to sit on Facebook all day and counter any negative posts that people make about him? As he drives around in his Porsche Boxter? 

The Commissioners Court should be ashamed.

panchoguns
panchoguns

publicintegrity.... a ruse? and  you know this how? Clay.... those tickets you talk about was not because the DEPUTY constables wanted to go out there and harass the public. That is the problem the deputies had with the THE CONSTABLEs in charge. That is the big fight. THE CONSTABLES had the quotas they wanted the DEPUTIES to go and enforce. Get facts staright before you start throwing the whole agency under the bus

PublicIntegrity
PublicIntegrity

Confused.....If the Constables' case was so righteous...don't you think they could have found ONE contingency lawyer in the US (federal case) to take the case on a contingency?  No, they couldn't.  Now they pander to the very people they have ignored and abused for so many years?  The whistleblower issue is a ruse. The only downside to this entire scenario is we will be hit with speed traps in adjacent, rural countie/cities with no hiring criteria.  At least they will be disbursed.

clay
clay

I terribly dislike the constables.  They preyed on my neighborhood for months at a time, writing over a dozen tickets a day in the parking lot in front of my pizza restaurant. During the worst days of the recession they hid behind a church sign and caught hard working people driving 45 to 50 on a four lane road with turn lanes,  They found a place where the speed limit was artificially low and developed a despicable speed trap preying on the people of Mesquite.  My lunches went from $300-$500 a day to $50.00 a day after several months.  When I asked them to move their speed trap down a few blocks because of its effecrt, they rudely told me to go back inside and quit interfering.  After almost a year of their harassing my neighbors with unfair citations I closed my restaurant.  I hope they all lose their jobs like I lost my restaurant.  They are unpleasant, arrogant, won't chase criminals and when given a tiny bit of authority displayed poor judgement and a complete sense of power mad law enforcement officials.  I dislike JWP and his cronies but literally hate constables.  Good Riddance to bad Rubbish.  Sorry for you good guys in the department but too many of your pals ruined it for everyone. 

johndoe
johndoe

It's quite apparent to any reasonable person that the Whistleblower issues are exactly the reason why these deputies are being punished. Some of you that have already made your comments on subject don't have a clue what goes on in Dallas County politics. There's no doubt that the idiots that are in control downtown, JWP, Watkins, Valdez, Jenkins and their FRIENDS Cortes and Evans all have a lot to lose, uh, like their freedom. Just exactly what part of CORRUPTION in the Commissioners Court and the DEMOCRATIC PARTY do you not understand is the the center of the PROBLEM here?  

Dallas Integrity
Dallas Integrity

Robert, Randomly interview the next 3 or 4 Dallas police officers and sheriff's deputies you see on the street or at lunch.  You will then understand why the Constables all should go.  Anyone who falls for this Clintonesque legal defense fund is a truly a sucker.

Watchdog-dfw
Watchdog-dfw

I'm just sorry the whistleblower issue has mucked up this issue.  The constables don't serve papers any longer because they are, to an office, unreliable, arrogant and we now are confirming what has been long suspected....fake acknowledgements on papers never served.  The time is now to move on from this cronyism gone completely bad.  The elected constables should have an office without partitions in the basement of the county courthouse...period.  No assistants, no weapons other than their sidearms and no budget.  Allow the current deputies to apply to the sheriff's office or any other county position where  they might have the qualifications.  No special treatment, no severance.  The whistleblowers waited years to finally win the race to the courthouse to testify to the obvious.  This office is an anacronistic position whose time has long since passed.   City Marshals, you're next.

Phelps
Phelps

Isn't the definition of chutzpah being killing your parents and then asking the court for mercy because you are an orphan?

Seems like this is in the same vein. 

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

If these duties are being transferred to the Sheriff's Department, this will require them to add more manpower.  It seems like the most straightforward, cost-effective way in which to do this would be to offer affected deputies lateral transfers.

I don't understand why they aren't doing this, since Clay Jenkins, Elba and JWP claim they're all about saving money.

Phelps
Phelps

The deputy constables are the (willing and eager) tools of the crooked officials.  Taking away the deputies disarms them and limits the damage they can do.

Phelps
Phelps

I vas juzt following ze orderz, ja?

confused
confused

This shows just how little you know about how things work in the legal system.  A contingency lawyer will only take a case where someone is seeking damages in cash.  When your seeking to stop someone to from causing further damage and not monitary damages, you have to pay the legal fees yourself.And those who don't speed don't worry about "speed traps".  Sounds like you just have an axe to grind because you can't obey traffic laws.

confused
confused

Watchdog you obviously don't have a clue.  Even the issue of not serving papers is a product of defaming propaganda started by the certain commisioners.  Most of the issues with constables started in 2008 when the whistleblowers first came forward.  Before that, the Commisioners could not add enough deputies to the Constable's office.  Just look at the history.  Starting in the early 2000's, deputies were added every year through 2008, then the numbers started decreasing.  This seems odd since 2008 is when these officers came forward to weed out corruption in County government.  Let's see if I got this right, a Peace Officer does his job to help weed out crime and now folks like you want to get rid of them.  Who's payroll are you on?

johndoe
johndoe

Phelps

The deputies, both former and current have been forced by threat and coercion to carryout the whims of the elected officials or else. Most of those that remain are tenured Dallas County employees wtih spotless service records. The elected CONSTABLES are the source of the problem, and are elected by voters in Dallas County without regard to LE experience, education, past history, criminal history or verifiable leadership abilities. The CONSTABLES who were indicted deserve everything they get for the treatment of their employees, and those honorable deputies who have always done their jobs. Please don't group the rank and file in with the crooks that want to play politics and harm the reputation of good men and women. They really deserve better treatment than they've received.

Phelps
Phelps

Actually, in those cases, the damages often are the attorneys fees, on top of statutory bounties that are out for people who successfully expose waste and fraud in public budgets.

So, if you really knew how things work in the legal system, you would know that the PublicIntegrity comment is right.  It's likely that the real reason that no lawyer will pick it up is because once they look into the facts, they find out that their potential clients are just as corrupt and crooked as the rest of the constables and deputies.

johndoe
johndoe

What pass? The rank and file are and have been for years trying to blow the whistle on those elected officials who are corrupt, and there are alot of them. When JWP controlls the DA, the Sheriff and the rest of the commissioners, do you really think anyone is going to listen? Now that the feds are finally investigating JWP and his cronies, we'll see who is dirty. Please don't judge the men and women who are fighting for their careers, these deputy constables deserve better than they've received.

Phelps
Phelps

The rank and file are who we the people are depending on to tell who crooked ones are.  

They didn't.  They turned a blind eye at best, and most likely tacitly condoned it.

A cop who gives a dirty cop a pass is also a dirty cop.  When there are this many dirty cops in one place, any claims that the rest of the group didn't know are bullshit.

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