Watch Yesterday's City Council Debate on Municipal Judges Get Ugly

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Yesterday, the Dallas City Council approved a new slate of municipal judges after months of contentious debate. The city's court system was seen by some as too lenient and not generating as much revenue as it should. In shot, they were too damned fair.

What had been a mostly arcane debate boiled over yesterday when the four black council members walked out in protest over the number of black judges on the new roster and what they said was a lack of inclusion in the selection process.

The council made a last-minute concession by adding head judge Victor Lander to the slate, but that wasn't enough for the four members, who wanted judge Cheryl Williams on the ticket as well.

Councilwoman Voincel Jones Hill made reference to a "lynch mob," and Councilwoman Carolyn Davis lobbed angry remarks at Angela Hunt. who headed the selection committee.

"This is wrong. This is not right, and Angela, You could have done something about it. You sit here like you're all..." Davis said before being interrupted by Mayor Mike Rawlings.

The leader of the walkout was Dwaine Caraway, who promised a continued fight over municipal judges.

"I want to let the council know that, if we're gonna play games around here, the games have just begun."

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Jim Mitchell presents some actual analysis on this over at the DMN blog...


Would be kinda cool if we could hear what was being said.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Maybe if the City were to have prosecutors who are prepared when they go into court, then perhaps the judges wouldn't through out so many cases.


This scares me that the City thinks that the judges are "too soft" or "too fair".


I think someone accidentally the audio


City Council:

"No justice, we want our piece."


So the old judges were too fair.  This bunch is not black enough.  Boy, I sure am glad the City Council has their priorities set so strongly.  So 'no justice, no peace' has morphed to 'less fair justice, more fines for the city, more cronyism for the city council members'.

holmantx topcommenter

Caraway was seen as being too weak on the police shooting.  He's mending his street cred.


After all, we now engineer our districts along strict race lines.  It is the number one driver in redistricting.  Ward politics, walkouts and public indignation are but manifestations of choosing a City Council solely on the basis of identity politics.


We no longer even pay lipservice to E Pluribus Unum.


TNB. How's that Divershitty working out for you, white-guilt Observer libtards? Gee whizz our civilization would be totally fucked and would collapse without the countless amazing contributions of blacks.


And if anyone knows about playing games instead of governing it would be Dwaine Caraway.

James080 topcommenter

 @HeywoodUBuzzoff I wonder just how much it costs in Dallas, in terms of political contributions to your favorite city counsel member, to obtain an appointment as a municipal judge? 


As far as wanting tougher judges, its a red herring. The city can't collect millions of dollars in fines and judgment its already owed, so what difference does it make if the accounts receivable ledger is a few million higher over the next few years? they won't be able to collect most of it it anyway.



Don't kid your self  he wasn't weak .The "D" man is still Paying/Repaying  the Debt he owes to the DPD   after the Archie  and other guy incident  a few years back. That's why he was a on board with the 5 0 after the shooting .






 @CelebrateDivershitty stay so upset about diversity...during the era of segregation and white domination, you and your folks must have been truly the "cream of the crop" all must have really lost a lot...relax...enjoy it...

red.marcy.rand topcommenter

@mirror @CelebrateDivershitty Come out here to Oakland across the Bay if you want to see judicial corruption big time and the worst commissioners & judges are Black followed by white leftists. Legal Jim Crow was wrong but so is this 'diversity' PC BS.

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