Craig Watkins Thumbs Nose at a Court Order, Unveils New Theory of White People Law

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Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins started out with one question to answer. Now that he has defied a subpoena, he's got at least a couple more.

Last week Watkins was ordered to appear in the court of state District Judge Lena Levario to answer an accusation that he brought criminal charges against a defendant only because a rich, powerful benefactor of the Democratic Party in Dallas County asked him to. Lawyer Lisa Blue, the benefactor, is trying to squeeze many millions in legal fees out of the man Watkins is prosecuting. Watkins launched his prosecution right after phone records show a flurry of phone calls between him and Blue.

That part should have been simple. Watkins has all kinds of law and custom on his side. He's the elected district attorney in these parts. Probably all he had to do was go sit in Levario's court, get sworn in and then tell the judge, "This is nobody's business but my own."

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District Attorney Craig Watkins, caught on camera while he was not cowering under his desk.
Rich lawyers who are mad at former clients who won't pay them are perfectly good sources of information about crime. So are poor drug addicts, jilted lovers and strange North Korean travelers calling from the airport who won't give their names. Who cares where it comes from? And Watkins had every right to go to the courtroom and say just that.

But he didn't go. He didn't show. His refusal to show had all the earmarks of a last-minute panic attack. First, his own people told the court he was protected by law from having to appear. Then they said he was protected and real busy. Then they said he was protected, busy and sick. Maybe it's a good thing Judge Levario called a halt at that point so they didn't have to tell her their boss was protected, busy, sick and just got run over by a bus.

So exactly what meteor struck the courthouse at that moment causing our brave district attorney to hide under his desk? The only one I can think of was the suggestion by a lawyer for Blue that she and Watkins were being investigated by the FBI. On that basis, Blue, who did show up, took the Fifth for the day, lending considerable credence to the FBI story and maybe to the selective prosecution story as well.

I can tell you that the calls I started getting the moment Watkins didn't show were all about the FBI probe and the likelihood Watkins didn't want to answer questions about it under oath. The selective prosecution question would have been a slow pitch for him. He could have told everybody to butt out, and the court in all probability would have agreed with him. But not the FBI question.

That story would have far eclipsed the one about the fee dispute. A story about Watkins under investigation by the feds would have led the news. He knew that. So that's my question No. 2, highlighted by Watkins' own behavior: Is he under investigation or not?

His spokesperson gave a bunch of what I would consider to be non-answers to reporters last week to the effect that, "Yeah, we talk to the FBI every day about stuff." And under normal circumstances, that might pass muster. But now the FBI question is central to the subpoena defiance question. Is it the real reason? Was Watkins protected, busy, sick, run over by a bus and under investigation by the feds?

What's my third question? Oh, yeah. Well, it's more personal. Maybe I shouldn't even bring it up here. It's almost embarrassing. But, wow, I feel like I need to know. I have this very bad habit -- I get so mad at myself over it -- of making fun of white people in this space. It's stupid. I only do it because it's so much fun. I get such a bounce out of it when a certain set of commenters start foaming at the mouth and dragging their knuckles through the dust. When I was a kid, I used to ride my bike by this huge really ugly dog behind a fence, and I couldn't resist taunting it. Never grew up I guess.

Anyway, I am not just the world's most huge fan of white people, but I do have a problem. I am one myself. So I was very concerned when I read that Watkins' staff were telling the court the rich guy making the charges of selective prosecution is white and therefore is not covered by the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. They said the clause, which says a state cannot "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws," only applies to minorities.

To be fair, Watkins did not say that. His staff did. And they said it in the midst of heaving everything else but the kitchen sink at the judge to see what stuck. But I really want to know if the district attorney himself thinks the constitution no longer applies to white people.

If the answer is yes? I don't know. Maybe I could get behind that. I'd have to think about it. But I would like to be able to think about it from within the protective boundaries of some other county. I would like to be protected, in other words, plus busy and sick and in another county just for grins.

And actually I have a fourth question. Can anybody, any citizen, any official, any member of any minority or any white person just tell a judge to kiss off? Really? That may be the best question of the day.

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smichaelclark59
smichaelclark59

Everyone that has lived in Dallas for any length of time knows there are a special set of rules for the Blacks and another set of rules for the whites.  No Justice in Dallas for the people.  Look at the short 17 years they gave Don Hill and his goons.  The FBI has told us they don't have the man power to investicate every bad polictian in Dallas.  I guess they drew Watkins name out of many in the pot.  Just bad luck dude. 

dieselpop1
dieselpop1

The only hope for social peace is equality before the law. Obviously someone doesn't believe in this.

An old White guy.

TexMarine
TexMarine

not surprised in the least. we're a better city than this.

mewkins
mewkins

It's fun to imagine the scene in the courtroom. I imagine that the Assistant DA, the one that said whites weren't allowed equal protection, looks and talks exactly like John Cleese. And if they'd have kept going he'd of proposed that perhaps he was off pining for the fjords or that he was merely stunned. 

Guesty
Guesty

I am very disheartened that the judge let Watkins pull this.  If Watkins issues a subpoena to a defendant's mother because she has information that will put her boy in jail for the rest of his life and she doesn't show for trial, Watkins demands that the judge send the sheriff or constables to pick her up and bring her by force.  That is the way it works if you defy a subpoena.  

Watkins did just that, and he did it in a way that was a personal challenge to the justice system.  He was in the same damn building as the judge.  The judge could have ordered he be brought in to testify and no one would have even been forced to get in a car.  It doesn't matter if Watkins thinks he shouldn't have to testify, there's a procedure for working that out in the trial court and the court of appeals if need be.  But the rule of law only works if that procedure is followed and the judge's decisions are obeyed.  And for that to happen, the judge has to have a spine. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

The mouth-breathing, bug-zapper-fascinated section of the peanut gallery probably vapor locked their brains trying to figure out how to bring a racial slant to this article.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

I'm tellin' you-this stuff cries out for a reality show!!  The real politicians of Dallas live a better show than Hollywood can imagine.  Probably needs more sex, but that would be easy enough to expose-I'm sure its there too. 

factJack
factJack

Asbestos litigation witness coaching, John Edwards extramarital scandal coverup, and now this story.

The Dallas Observer has written about all of these stories in the past.

What is the common thread here, JimS? White People. But not the white people you like to go after.

James080
James080

You missed an important policy announcement, when Watkins' spokesman claimed that Watkins had in fact complied with the subpoena because he was physically in the court building.

Think of the implications of that gem. An official with the Dallas County District Attorney's office has decreed that a witness served with a subpoena to appear in court is merely required to appear in the court building, anywhere, not in any particular court room, to comply with the subpoena.

You need to calm down a bit Jim. Watkins is black Democrat in Dallas County. He will be re-elected, even if the FBI is investigating him. After all, the same circumstances didn't stop JWPrice from landsliding through his last election.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

whiteguiltlib, where are you? Are you OK, man? Do I need to bring you some soup?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Here comes phelps, whiteguiltlib, docensors, etc in 3, 2, 1.....

observist
observist topcommenter

Let's just get this out of the way:

If someone from my party does it, it's just one bad actor and both parties have bad actors.  If someone from your party does it, it's typical of all members of your party and, in fact, part of the your party's platform.

WylieH
WylieH

@mewkins Agreed. The problem at this point however, is that our chief law enforcer is simultaneously one of the more notorious law breakers.

The legal system doesn't appear to be set up to address a District Attorney that may lack any sort of legal or moral compass.

AStubblefield
AStubblefield

@Guesty I agree with you that Watkins' behavior was an absolute affront to our system of justice.  I'll also agree that this (for good or for ill) illustrates the fundamental insecurity of that system, insofar as it shows everyone that the exercise of judicial power really only works when we all agree that it does (or when someone better armed shows up to enforce it).  But I want to give some credit to this judge.  I don't know if you followed the complete clusterfuck in Collin County over the last few years (in which a sitting judge, the DA's office, the Clerk's office and the Sheriff's office all ended up in a four-way pissing match) but the last thing Dallas County needs is to replay that drama here.  So, while this judge would have been well within her rights to hold Watkins in some form of contempt (or, at least, to issue orders that would ultimately lead her to a point at which she could), she opted not to escalate things into a pissing match between the DA and the bench.  In so doing, she left options in the box for defusing this thing at some point down the road. 

tl;dr - I agree with you that Watkins' behavior was poor; but I think the Judge probably still did the right thing, on the whole

James080
James080

@Guesty 

Perhaps Watkins is having a Nixon moment, as in “well, when the District Attorney does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

 

James080
James080

@RTGolden1  

Are you referring to Jim Schutze, who made this issue all about race in his 11th paragraph above? For myself, I see the article in terms of Blue and green.

James080
James080

@factJack  

The allegations against Baron & Budd, particularly Fred Baron, encompassed much more than witness coaching. There were also allegations (and apparently a substantial number of witnesses and documentary proof) including bankruptcy fraud, forged documents, fraudulent depositions, forged physicians reports, fraudulent medical diagnosis, perjury, witness intimidation and altered Death Certificates....all of which then Democrat US Attorney Paul Coggins declined to prosecute. Search "Fred Baron" in the archives here and you can access the FBI report.

WylieH
WylieH

@James080 In all seriousness (as the Dallas Morning News suggested today), won't defense attorneys in the future have a perfect out for failing to comply with subpoenas--- just bring their clients to the courthouse, but hide them in another part of the building away from their courtroom.  We have an on-the-record statement from the DA's office that states that this constitutes compliance.

naivewhitelibtard
naivewhitelibtard

@JimSX - this is partly YOUR FAULT, you naive white-guilt libtard propagandist asshole.

Naive libtard white-guilt ridden idiots like you helped make this happen with your short-sighted "progressive advocacy journalism".

Idealistic morons like you are always crowing about how wonderful and utopian the United States will be if and when whites become a minority. Naive dipshit libtard.

Look at what you helped create.

Detroit, where you white-fled from, has been run by blacks for decades. Democrats and libtardism is not what destroyed Detroit, black official incompetence and savagery did.

You helped that happen, you naive asshole propagandist.

The USA is only about 12% black and dumbshits like you want that percentage to be higher. You also advocate for open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens. You naive dipshit propagagandist.

If this bullshit is coming straight from our black "officials", what the fuck do you think the future will be like when whites are finally a minority in the USA, like you hope for in your naive libtard senility? Asshole moron.

KILL YOURSELF TODAY. PUT THAT SHOTGUN IN YOU MOUTH AND DO THE WHOLE WORLD A FAVOR AND BLOW YOUR HEAD OFF RIGHT NOW.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@SuperfuzzBigmuff nah, Jim pretty much covered it.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@James080 Based on your past comments, the one's I've seen anyway, I wouldn't put you in the mouth breather category James.  I see it much the same way you do.  The way Jim worded his article, however, I'm sure left some of our more, how should I say it...., purist contributors apoplectic trying to find a way to white guilt Jim into submission.

observist
observist topcommenter

@naivewhitelibtard  Pretty good form today.  5 Libtards (only 4 of which are naive), 2 White-Guilts, 3 Assholes, 1 Dipshit, 1 Dumbshit and 1 Bullshit.  

Keep practicing - we know you can do better if you set your mind to it!

RobertStinson
RobertStinson

@naivewhitelibtard Most of your colleagues and family think you are strange and socially awkward. It's not easy to maintain personal relationships, is it? I think you just need a hug.

James080
James080

@RTGolden1 @James080  

I agree, and I believe that was Jim's design.  After all, it took him 11 paragraphs to inject race into the article, so I took it as chum spread on the water to bring up the bottom feeders.

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