Chambers of Secrets: Lunacy and Paranoia Reach Fever Pitch at Dallas County. Again.

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We're all innocent until proven guilty. The police can investigate hell out of somebody, and that person may turn out to be pure as the driven snow. But there's another reality in the world having to do with an old cop saying: "Crime makes you stupid." Frankly, the behavior of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins lately could be falling under that rubric.

I'm talking about the Channel 11 footage from Tuesday's Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting in which Judge Jenkins says he's not going to allow people to use an FBI investigation as an excuse for not doing their jobs. This has to do with Lisa Chambers, the county's head of Homeland Security, whom Jenkins sacked and is now accusing of being a drunk and a loafer.

Chambers says her relations with the good judge went south when she refused to be a party to using county time and money to sweep the home of a key county employee for spy devices following an FBI raid and search of said home. Last June the FBI tossed the homes and offices of the employee, Dapheny Fain, and her boss, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

There is some he-said, she-said going on about Chambers's firing. We can put some of that aside for the moment on the assumption that the story will develop. But we already know from Jenkins's own words that there was some kind of a contretemps involving Jenkins and county employees and a request that the county sweep the home of Fain, Price's administrative assistant.

So it looks to me like we already have a serious matter, warranting full and deliberate consideration. Before I hauled off and sacked the lady making the charge, I think I might be motivated to investigate her charges fully and air the matter publicly. Instead, Jenkins accused county commissioner Maurine Dickey of leaking it to the press.

I don't think that's how it went. But nobody should have had to leak anything. Jenkins should have taken the whole thing public the instant it happened. Tell me again: What would his motivation be for keeping it all secret?

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In fact Jenkins's overall posture on the matter is defiant. Screw you, FBI. Not gonna let a damn FBI investigation get in the way of what we want to do around here. That's what the cops call an "anomalous response." Not an illegal response. Not a confession. Just a weird response, meaning maybe we need to sniff your car with a dog.

It's like, "Sir, do you have any firearms or illegal drugs in the vehicle?"

"Not that I know of."

That's an anomalous response. It's your car. You know. What's the right response, if you do not have guns or drugs in your car? For most of us, it's, "Oh, hell, no. I do not. Please, search hell out of my vehicle so we can put this to rest."

Check me on this. What's the right response to this whole FBI thing, if Price and his sock puppet, Jenkins, have nothing to hide? I think it's pretty obvious.

Open everything up. Let the daylight shine in. You want to see the security equipment we bought from Willis Johnson? No problem. Swing those barn doors wide open. There 'tis.

You want to know something about our contracting procedures? Sure thing. We're going to mobilize a whole initiative to put all of the county's contracts online with the full check registries and a search engine. It's cheap common technology that anybody can do. We're going to do it, because we have nothing to hide, and we want everybody to know that.

Instead, Price and his friend, Captain Queeg, have been slamming shut the doors and thumbing their noses at the FBI investigation every chance they get. To me, that's anomalous, unless ...

These FBI investigations of government corruption at Dallas City Hall and now the county have been going on for the better part of 30 years. The underlying problem never seems to get better. I don't know of a single instance in which the feds have failed to hit the bull's eye. If I'm Captain Queeg and I see the FBI in the building with warrants and two-wheel dollies, I'm going to take it very seriously, and I'm going to cross every "T" and dot every "I" to make sure people know I'm taking it seriously.

Let me make a prediction. That's not how Captain Queeg is going to go. With Price right behind him muttering encouragement as he is on the viral TV footage, I predict the good judge's next move will be an edict posted all over the walls of all county buildings:

THIS COUNTY WILL NOT ALLOW AN FBI INVESTIGATION TO BE AN EXCUSE FOR RATTING PEOPLE OUT TO THE FEDS. JUST REMEMBER, THE WALLS HAVE EARS, AND SOME OF THEM ARE OURS. DON'T COME IN HERE CRYING THAT THE FBI MADE YOU TALK. REMEMBER THAT WE'RE THE ONES WHO CAN MAKE YOU WALK. WISE UP.

SIGNED,
CAPTAIN QUEEG


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Justice4all
Justice4all

The DMN reported today that Chambers has already retained an attorney.  Wonder if Jenkins has ever been sued before.  Just a word of caution.  Do Not under estimate Jenkins.  He is extremely stupid.

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

The FBI must get all their ducks in a row in this investigation to expose the corruption of JWP and his influence in Dallas County. I pray that it is soon.

Rooster
Rooster

Clowns on parade....

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Jenkins, JWP and all other politicians not just in Dallas but around the country only have the amount of power that you give them. If you really can't stand them or if you don't want to see them anymore, get off of you lazy ass, stop group counseling on this blog and get out and campaign against them. Period.

Cynical Citizen
Cynical Citizen

No one will out poll JWP in his district.  He owns it.  He owns the county because his endorsements and political strength insure  election of his people and give him rubber stamp.  He's a wiz at how to leverage his long tenure with no fear of losing his seat.Everyone can go to hell, he isn't going anywhere.  I doubt the Feds can even prove anythingthat would dislodge him.( I bet Domingo Garcia is taking notes on how he's managed to control every lever of County Gov't machine because he is JWP's successor if JWP somehow lands in the hoosegow.)  Commissioners' Court - CheckDA Office  - CheckSheriff - Check (Where is Carl Fife Thomas now that we need him lol)Elections - CheckParkland - CheckCheck, Check, Check. 

Paul
Paul

Maybe we just need to call him on the threat of race riots ...

After all when OJ Simpson was acquitted did the white folks go on a rampage and loot Rodeo Drive?

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

Been there. Done that. Got outspent. Lost.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Then you don't believe in the Democratic Process... It took 232 years for a black President but it happened.

LJT2011
LJT2011

We should just allow Jenkins to sit on JWP's lap during Commisioners Court proceedings so JWP's arm doesn't have to reach so far to make Jenkins' mouth move.  

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

We all know Jenkins is the monkey to JWPs organ grinder and he's probably knee-deep in corruption w/ him concerning how he gained office.  I have a feeling the chambers firing is only the tip of a much larger iceberg down at the commisioners court...

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Excellent stuff.  Please stay on this story, Jim, but it's worth pointing out that a better answer to the police question you posed is, "Why do you ask?"

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Can we start referring to Price and Jenkins as Ebony and Ivory? Maybe one day on they bench they'll spontaneously break into song like that old SNL skit with Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy.

Randy S
Randy S

Has anyone found the equipment from WaiWize yet? Has the county come up with a reason WHY they can't show the equipment? Did I miss the resolution of that story?

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

What are those annoying things Jenkins is clicking in his hand?  Willis ate the strawberries.

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