Late last Friday afternoon, Jim Schutze published a run down of the witnesses both the prosecution and defense would like to call to testify at the John Wiley Price corruption trial, which is set to begin next month. In case you need a reminder, Price has been accused of taking bribes in the form of gifts and cash paid to his longtime political consultant Kathy Nealy in exchange for political favors. Central to the case against Price is the accusation that Ross Perot Jr. paid Nealy in order to sway Price to put up road blocks to a proposed southern Dallas “inland port” project so that the Perot family could eliminate competition for their own inland port, AllianceTexas, which is thriving north of Fort Worth.
The salaciousness of that accusation cannot be undersold. If substantiated it would mean that Price, perhaps the most prominent and certainly the most vocal champion of southern Dallas and economic opportunity for Dallas’ African-American population, was paid by the princes of the Dallas’ wealthy white establishment to kill a project that would have brought tens of thousands of solid jobs to southern Dallas. Schutze has called it, in no uncertain terms, a “betrayal.”
Given the backdrop, what the Dallas Observer columnist expects will unfold during the trial is a thorough examination not only of Price’s conduct, but of the entire “Dallas Way” of doing things. The list of witnesses appears to support the argument:Read More