Legal issues

Mayor Rolodex' official portrait

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Legal issues
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For Sale - MayorRawlings.com

The FBI investigation of John Wiley Price, Kathy Nealy and Dapheney Fain started with search warrants being served at the same time Dallas' leading politicos were watching Mayor Rolodex being sworn in. And in what must be a world record for FBI investigations of corruption at City Hall, they started digging into Mayor Rolodex' campaign relationship with so-called political consultant Nealey just a few hours later. For those who missed the recent buying out of Dallas' southern sector, Rolodex threw more than $250,000 to Nealy to get the South Dallas vote. At least, that's the amount officially reported. Unofficially, it could be billions in walking money, endorsements by church leaders and flat-out vote buying.

In other words, business as usual in South Dallas and City Hall. OMIGOD The next four years are gonna be so much fun to watch.

BD is smiling like a Cheshire cat today. Just a week ago, he was chastised in the DMN City Hall blog for being a sore loser and buying the domain names MayorRawlings.com and MayorRolodex.com right after the election (Why? Because they did not buy them first). Fast forward to Monday and the phone was off the hook. Are you really going to build a website?? Are you keeping the names?? How much will it cost to buy them??

The answers are: I don't know yet. Not sure. And the bidding starts at $5,000.

I am sure someone who supported Mayor Rolodex' campaign (to the $5,000 maximum per person campaign contribution) is more than willing to protect their investment in whatever new project is on the horizon. They can write it off as an officeholder account campaign contribution. We'll even throw in MayorRolodex.com in for half, and you can write that contribution off on your kid's name.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Legal issues
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Texas House / Senate pass anti-SLAPP bills with unanimous vote

Dwayne Bivona, Wichita Falls Times Record News

Anti-SLAPP bills have been passed in 27 states and last Wednesday, Texas moved a step closer to protecting its citizens' First Amendment rights when House Bill 2973 passed with a unanimous vote.

This bill and its Senate version SB 1565, protect against strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP).

These frivolous lawsuits can be brought by organizations with deep pockets against concerned citizens who speak up and speak out against them.

Their sole intention is to silence dissenting voices by threatening costly litigation; essentially using our court system as a weapon for censorship and retribution.

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Click here to read the latest draft of the legislation

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Texas judge denies second request for injunction against blog

Reporters Committe for the Freedom of the Press

A Dallas judge found earlier this week that a plaintiff who tried to silence a blogger through a temporary injunction in a defamation suit did not meet the burden for the injunction.

Judge Mark Greenberg of Dallas County Court at Law #5 denied on Wednesday the request of Fernando Rosales, who filed a defamation suit against Avi Adelman and his blog BarkingDogs.org in December. Rosales, the owner of a Dallas bar called Lost Society, filed a request in March for a temporary injunction against the website asking that the judge shut down the blog and prevent Adelman from printing anything about Rosales in future posts.

It also called for Adelman to remove content discussing the restaurant or Rosales, who alleges that Adelman made false statements about the bar on the blog and claimed that the statements have resulted in "damages and loss of business dealings."

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Judge denies (another) Lost Society attempt to shut down Barking Dogs website

 

Last December, Lost Society's Fernando Rosales sued BD for defamation, slander and bad breath. The first thing his lawyer did was seek a Temporary Restraining Order to shut down the website, remove any content about Fernando Rosales, and prevent BD from publishing anything about Fernando Rosales in the future.

And, as you can guess, the judge said, No, not gonna happen.

A few weeks ago, Fernando Rosales' attorney filed a request for a Temporary Injunction against BD, asking the judge to shut down the website, remove any content about Fernando Rosales, and prevent BD from publishing anything about Fernando Rosales in the future.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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