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Shenanigans at Dallas city hall. A city audit found that a bunch of past council members got deep discounts on their city-owned computers and furniture when they left office. As in: "Sheffie Kadane paid $1,080 for $2,895 worth of electronics, including a 2-year-old MacBook Pro and two iPads. Vonciel Jones Hill pocketed her BlackBerry for $25, while Jerry Allen left with an iPad 3; the city auditor doesn’t know much he paid for it, if anything." Meanwhile, Fox Channel 4 fought for months to get some public records from City Hall and eventually found that several top-ranking city officials have been taking vacation time without accounting for it. This all falls at the feet of City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, who, if he can keep his job for one more year, will leave office with a pension tied to his $400,000-per-year salary. Bill Brewer Sanctioned for Misconduct. A state judge in Lubbock found that the well-dressed Dallas trial lawyer broke the rules when he used push polling to influence jurors in a West Texas wrongful death case. The judge said what Brewer did was "unprofessional" and "unethical," and he ordered him to pay $133,000 and take 10 hours of legal ethics courses. I wonder if there's a comedy legal ethics course that you can take in Dallas. You know, where a moonlighting standup comic cracks wise about the pitfalls of push polling in West Texas wrongful death cases. I think I just came up with a great business idea. Woman Uses Child as Pickpocket. Addison police posted video of a woman acting as a lookout while her child swiped stuff from a purse in a Snuffer's. Let's be careful out there.
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Shenanigans at Dallas city hall. A city audit found that a bunch of past council members got deep discounts on their city-owned computers and furniture when they left office. As in: “Sheffie Kadane paid $1,080 for $2,895 worth of electronics, including a 2-year-old MacBook Pro and two iPads. Vonciel Jones Hill pocketed her BlackBerry for $25, while Jerry Allen left with an iPad 3; the city auditor doesn’t know much he paid for it, if anything.” Meanwhile, Fox Channel 4 fought for months to get some public records from City Hall and eventually found that several top-ranking city officials have been taking vacation time without accounting for it. This all falls at the feet of City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, who, if he can keep his job for one more year, will leave office with a pension tied to his $400,000-per-year salary.

Bill Brewer Sanctioned for Misconduct. A state judge in Lubbock found that the well-dressed Dallas trial lawyer broke the rules when he used push polling to influence jurors in a West Texas wrongful death case. The judge said what Brewer did was “unprofessional” and “unethical,” and he ordered him to pay $133,000 and take 10 hours of legal ethics courses. I wonder if there’s a comedy legal ethics course that you can take in Dallas. You know, where a moonlighting standup comic cracks wise about the pitfalls of push polling in West Texas wrongful death cases. I think I just came up with a great business idea.

Woman Uses Child as Pickpocket. Addison police posted video of a woman acting as a lookout while her child swiped stuff from a purse in a Snuffer’s. Let’s be careful out there.

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