Marvin Crenshaw Sues Mayor Tom Leppert

I’m going to try really hard to type this with a straight face. I’m not going to be snarky or mean. It’s the holidays. Goodwill toward all men and so forth.

But so anyway, Marvin Crenshaw, one of the original plaintiffs in the landmark 14-1 voting rights case, apparently needs to spend some time with Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline. Crenshaw, it seems, has suffered a head injury and ought to sit out for a few plays. Because he is suing Mayor Tom Leppert. In a suit filed on November 19, Crenshaw says:

ln his zest to be the first strong arm dictator Mayor of Dallas Texas in the 21st Century and to be the chief flunky for the Dallas Citizens Council, “TL” violated the City Charter, corrupted the City Council, intimidated the City Manager and staff, stole from the budget, lied and betrayed the citizens of Dallas, Texas.

There’s more. You can read it for yourself. It seems to center on that Christmas party in 2007, the one the mayor held with some of the city staff and some councilmembers at Ross Perot Jr.’s pad. Also, there’s a matter involving a city construction deal with Turner Construction, Leppert’s former employer. I’m no lawyer. Maybe that’s why I’m having trouble figuring this whole thing out. Crenshaw seeks injunctive relief. And $75,000.

(I’m sorry for the Roethlisberger joke. I tried. I promise.)

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