Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell to Seek Investigation of Craig Watkins' Accident

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State Representative Jason Villalba hasn't got an investigation of Craig Watkins (above) rolling yet. Now Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell is going to take a shot.

Friday, we told you about County Commissioner Mike Cantrell's resolution calling for the suspension of John Wiley Price from the commissioner's court for the duration of his bribery trial.

See also: Mike Cantrell Is Going to Call for John Wiley Price's Suspension on Tuesday

Price is not the only Democratic Party big fish Cantrell is going to try to reel in at the Tuesday's meeting. The court's only Republican commissioner also plans to call for an attorney to be retained to investigate and file a formal complaint with the State Bar of Texas regarding District Attorney Craig Watkins' February 2013 car wreck and the resulting settlement. Additionally, Cantrell wants the court to order an audit of the District Attorney's Office's use of forfeiture funds by the state auditor.

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Mike Cantrell

Watkins' office insists that using the forfeiture money for the settlement was simply a means of keeping taxpayer money from paying for what was a personal mistake by Watkins. Others, like Cantrell, say it was an attempt to cover up what happened.

"The DA was the cause of the accident and when the county was sued the DA's office acted as the agent for Dallas County and accepted service on it," Cantrell said, "then, acted as the attorney for Dallas County and then acted as authority to settle the matter on our behalf all without Dallas County knowing anything about it."

Cantrell disputes what Watkins' office claim that the car Watkins was driving, a 2013 Ford Edge, was not a county vehicle despite being purchased with government money. The car was made part of the county fleet in 2012 because Watkins' office said it was needed for investigations. To date the commissioner's have seen no documentation for how nearly $50,0000 settlement was determined, he said.

"I'm the client, and I have yet to see the medical bills. They can talk about [the bills' existence] all day long, but I haven't seen them," he said. "I'm doing this because it's a serious breach of the public trust. The only people who can represent the county are the five commissioners that sit on that court. The DA does not have the authority to do everything he wants to do just because he's the district attorney."


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noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

With Commissioner Cantrell's failed attempt to get one single Democrat to vote to suspend Commissioner Price, indicted for several federal crimes, one would think he'd forget trying to get a coven of liberal Democrats show an ounce of integrity or concern for taxpayer dollars. 


It is shameful to see the Democrats on the Commissioner's Court acting like the "Good Ole Boy System" of yore, when Dallas County and Texas were dominated by Democrats in public office, and seemed to be contesting who among them could be the most corrupt. 


(That's one reason Dallas ended up with a Council-Manager form of government.)


So, what makes Commissioner Cantrell think the Democrats on the Court are going to go along with an effort to hold fellow-Democrat Craig Watkins accountable for using county money to pay off the victim in a wreck Watkins caused and is responsible for?


Dallas is sadly slipping back into the muck and mire of political corruption again, and that's apparently the way the Democrats want it!

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

Why is anyone surprised?  Watkins had several ethical issues before he was DA.  This is just more of the same.  This is what happens when people vote for a party and not individual candidates - crap gets into office. 

wcvemail
wcvemail

First! and my first thought was that Watkins' good in freeing all those wrongfully imprisoned victims is one side of the coin that's spent by so many high-achieving individuals, while the other side of the coin is human frailty. If we had balance for such high-achieving people, we would not have those high achievements. With this car wreck deal and all the Lisa Blue/contempt of court shenanigans, Watkins needs to find some more wrongfully imprisoned folks, quick.

mrbusyb
mrbusyb

@bvckvs Lawyers speak of public trust which is a lot of legalese lawyer speak.  In the end, these officials swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution.  When you can't keep your pee pee in your pants as was the case of Bill Clinton, you aren't upholding the U.S. Constitution.  Likewise, if you are lying and cheating the public, you aren't upholding the U.S. Constitution.  While I know this isn't a black and white issue, yackity yack yack, yadda yadda yadda, Afro Americans of color never seem to appreciate this significance.      

mrbusyb
mrbusyb

@bvckvs @WatchingSouthDetroit So, I assume in your world there is a problem with people who, in polite manner, don't look you in the eye?  In the jungle, they say to never look an alpha male gorilla in the eye as It is considered contempt held towards his authority.  Indeed, like little girls, we can't seem to get enough of men who look you in the eye or bust up a guitar on stage.  Just as we have all progressed in spite of our government and not because of it: so, true leadership will never exhibit a total lack of conscience.      

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