John Wiley Price Says Feds Took His Cash To Plug Holes of "Misguided" Criminal Case

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John Wiley Price says the government's out to get him, which seems to be pretty accurate.
Back in June, just after the federal government filed a lawsuit asking for the forfeiture of some $229,000 seized from the home of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, outside observers predicted that such a detailed public account of Price's allegedly criminal activities meant an indictment was two months away, tops.

More than four months on, there's still no criminal charge against Price, and the embattled commissioner has a theory for that, namely "that the forfeiture case is nothing more than a desperate attempt to fill the holes of (the government's) misguided criminal investigation."

He floats that theory in a legal filing filed yesterday formally responding, after much delay, to the civil suit. It's clear, according to the filing, that the FBI has had a target on Price's back for 15 to 20 years.

"It is beyond serious discussion that, at a minimum, the government is attempting to put together a criminal tax case (or maybe it is a bribery case)."

The thing is, they've been unable to find wrongdoing sufficient to charge him with a crime, Price contends. Instead, the government has been reduced to fishing for incriminating information through its "very clever" -- and unconstitutional -- use of civil forfeiture. Price was recently served by the court with a set of 25 interrogatories that boil down, essentially, to Just where, exactly, did you get all that cash we found in your house, and, while you're at it, any other money made since 1996?

To Price, forcing disclosure of this information represents at the very least an attempt to abridge his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and at most a move to "change the procedural landscape to protect citizens accused of crimes" to obtain a blueprint of a case without all the difficult police work.

In Price's case, one assumes, that work is ongoing.


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halldecker
halldecker

Mine is based on having practiced law in Federal (and State) Courts in Dallas for 36 years. 

 

Yours?

 

 

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Interesting logic your applying there halldecker, but what about Don Hill and his posse who are cooling their heels in a federal lockup well into the next decade.  If I am not mistaken that was a Federal jury complete with black folks that put them away.  Same for the totally absurd logic that Ravkind missed the deadline to answer the seizure to get back the money John Wiley was going to use to pay him because he hadn't been paid.  Brilliant legal analysis there bubba.  

halldecker
halldecker

Judge Joe Kendall moved the Lipscomb trial to Amarillo with no request from either side.  He got reversed.   In Dallas he'd have had one or two black jurors.  He would have had to,  that's basic Batson law.

 

Same with JWP.   JWP has been exactly what his constituents want.  A man who beards the powers that be,  doesn't take b-s from anybody.   For those (non-black)  who mumble that District 3 deserves better.  Got news for you,  before JWP District 3 got nothing.   If you still don't understand,  find Tom Wolfe's incredibly insightful MAU-MAUING THE FLAK CATCHER,  about how to screw with local governmental leaders.

 

I don't think a Dallas jury can be picked that won't have one or two members who'll say 'right-on,  Bro.  John.'

 

Judge Kendall didn't with the Lip,  either.

 

And it takes only one to hang up a jury.

 

re:  Billy.   My guess is it's the lawyer's well-known procrastination to get started on anything you're not getting paid for.  That's a secret of the trade,   spread it around to clients who aren't paying their lawyer.

 

 

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

There is one thing that I really don't understand about this whole mess.  Why in the world would a seemingly competent and respected high profile expensive attorney like Billy Ravkind allow the deadline to answer the civil seizure lawsuit pass without filing a response?  What am I missing here?   Is it some type of sophisticated defense strategy or simple incompetence?  Seems like it would have to be one or the other.  How likely is it that the federal judiciary will make an exception for John Wiley Price on the time limit to answer the civil lawsuit?  Seriously, all bullshit aside, I really want to know, does anyone out there have an answer? 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

The IRS does not care how you made your income.  All that they care about is that you report all of your income and pay the correct amount of tax on that income.

 

If your accounting records (primarily bank statements and lifestyle) do not match what was filed on your returns, you can be forced to say where that income came from and how that lifestyle is supported.  You will then be assessed for the taxes, penalties and interest.

 

Quite frankly, I do not see how JWP's lifestyle is supported by his income as a County Commissioner, regardless of the fact that he is single and apparently has no children.

 

One time in my younger days, I put "pirate" on my tax return for the occupation.

 

I got a very matter of fact letter from the IRS that acknowledged the W2 from an employer and asked of this was a "pirate business".   If it was not, then where was the income from my pirating activities as they could not match my SSN with any other W2s or 1099s.  They also asked if this was self employment; and if so, to please complete and submit a Schedule C with supporting documentation for the income and expense.  They included several copies of Schedule C and supporting forms as well as the instruction book for Schedule C.  They also asked if I had any employees; and, if I did please submit the enclosed forms along with the payroll deductions.  They also  told me that if I had any employees that I should obtain a TIN rather than file under my SSN for the self employment business.

 

I learned that the IRS does not have a sense of humor as we know it.

trudat
trudat

Is Dallas the only place in the U.S. where you get treated like a terrorist (void of constitutional rights?) for having a "big" mouth???

cowboymiketex
cowboymiketex

@Dallas_Observer JWP is a corrupt drama queen

halldecker
halldecker

 @fromtexasbygodA couple other thoughts you're overlooking.

 

When I came to Dallas in '73,  there was a huge sign in the WFAA newsroom,  DO NOT/NEVER LET AL LIPSCOMB ON THE AIR!  Lip had called Mike Shapiro,  the GM,  a racist.

 

In the late 70's,  JWP was Chief Clerk for JP Cleo Steele,  the first 'night court' to set bonds for fresh arestees.

 

Don Hill appeared in town in the 90's,  served five 2- year terms on the Council. 

 

He never developed the "our man downtown" label.   He practiced law fulltime,  didn't have the time to attend funerals and take countless calls a day.

 

As to why Hill and his friends got hammered,  they didn't have the IOU's of the Lip and JWP.

 

In 35 years,  simply 'cause he's been around so long,  JWP has done favors for way more in Dallas than most other pols.  That includes me.   There likely are,  I can't immediately think of any other high-visibility pol who has been around that long.

 

It only takes one.

 

Another little secret:  no way in Hell is JWP gonna get any money back to pay a lawyer.  Billy,  God bless him,  sometimes takes on a monster case 'cause it's the right thing to do.  He represented one of the greatest lawyers ever in Dallas, trial in Denver,  lawyer found not guilty,  Billy (and co-counsel)  charged him nada. 

 

 

trudat
trudat

 @AdultBabies

 Law enforcement officials (FBI, ATF, etc.) have been known to infiltrate and direct KKK operations for various purposes (and the opposite has also been documented  ie law enforcement being infiltrated by KKK) for years...so .....who's to say...as facetious as it might sound - stranger things have happened...but your point is that black politicians have no right to question the fairness of law enforcement because it (the FBI) is "as pure as the driven snow" and while black politicians are scum... I simply say BS.

halldecker
halldecker

 @trudat  @AdultBabies Joke in Dixie,  you could always tell the under-cover FBI in the KKK,  they were the only ones who paid their dues.  I was a newsman covering civil rights,  too many times the FBI knew everything about a crime,  did nothing.  E.g.,  Mack Charles Parker,  Poplarville,  Mississippi.  10 years later,  an interview with the local Judge,  "Do you think they'll ever find the men who ..."   "No,  I don't,  besides,  two of them are dead already."

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @trudat  @AdultBabies I wonder what Paul Fielding's opinion is of the FBI and what wing of what African American group was in league with the FBI when he was sent to jail for almost 5 years for just political corruption.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @scottindallas  @AdultBabies  @trudat Scott, apparently you are lacking a sense of irony.

 

My comment was never meant to be as crass and uncalled for as you have described.

 

Quite simply if someone claims that white groups are in league with the FBI to jail African American politicians; then doesn't it follow that a group of African Americans are in league with the FBI in order to jail white politicians?

 

While the FBI does have several black marks in its past, I believe that it does do a reasonable job in investigating political corruption; regardless of the skin color of the people who are objects of its investigations.

 

Shall I tell you of the time that I got thrown off of a bus because I gave up my seat for lady who happened to be African American?

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