Precinct 1 Needs a New Constable: Jury Finds Derick Evans Guilty of Organized Crime

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Update at 5:02 p.m.: No jail time, but two years probation and a $10,000 fine. Also, Evans has already appealed the conviction, meaning he can't be removed from office unless "the court that renders judgment finds that it is in the public interest," which is slated to take place on July 23.

Original Post: More than two years have passed since former FBI agent Danny Defenbaugh delivered a report to then-Dallas County Judge Jim Foster alleging that Constable Derick Evans had coerced his deputies into selling raffle tickets to fund his re-election campaign. And it was a little less than two years ago when Evans and fellow Constable Jaime Cortes were indicted on related criminal charges.

Cortes charges of including false information on campaign finance reports are still pending, while Evans' case has now gone before jurors twice. The first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to agree on a verdict. The second ended today with a conviction.

Jurors convicted Evans of engaging in organized crime for setting up a raffle in violation of state gambling laws. According to testimony reported in the DMN, Evans would raffle off items like an Xbox and would require his deputies to sell a certain number of $5 tickets. The money was then used to fund his political campaign. Evans claimed that it wasn't a raffle at all, and that the prizes were gifts to donors.

Sentencing is scheduled to come down later today. As part of the guilty verdict, Evans is required to relinquish his constable post immediately. It'll be up to the Commissioners Court to pick someone to fill out the remainder of Evans' term.



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tysoncartier
tysoncartier

Thanks for the info. I know a <a href="http://www.harveykatzlaw.ca/personal_injury.html">personal injury lawyer named Hamilton</a>. He was really good at what he did. Now that he's retired, he has to find someone to take his place. No one knows who it will be ,but some have their suspicions.

Oakcliffoooh
Oakcliffoooh

My question, what website did Constable Evans and Cortes buy all hoopla for their uniforms?  Were they really awarded all of those stripes, cords, stars, Chiclets of honor? 

Mrrule86
Mrrule86

Bury him deep...He came into my home, and extorted money from my wife & I

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Damn. The one politician in Dallas who's capable of organizing anything and we go and arrest him.

Skeeter 1
Skeeter 1

Good Riddance. He and his cohorts were knee deep in the towing scam, too.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Anybody concerned that Ted Lyon was the Special Prosecutor in this Criminal Case even though he was also the defense attorney for Carlos Medrano in his recent criminal case?And per the DMN he then says that he felt the jurors did the right thing and were smatter this time. Did they do the right thing by the Medrano's? And by the way, the last time I checked all of his billboards, he is a personal injury lawyer not criminal.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Maybe they should appoint Luis Sepuveda.... NOT

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Which is it does the Judge say on July 23 that he can keep seat until after appeal or does he forfit seat now. The story reads both and per State law the County Judge makes the appointment.We know how that will go.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Probation and a $10,000 fine, meaning he came out ahead, in a manner of speaking. Very interested to know which judge blew Evans that wet kiss. Also, it seems like it just MIGHT be in the public interest to remove a convicted felon from a position as a chief law enforcement officer--- notwithstanding the fact that we're in Dallas County.

Gabe
Gabe

Doesn't he know that the PS3 has better games AND a built in blu-ray player? Sheesh. 

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