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John Wiley Price Withdraws Public Defender Request

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john wiley priceDALLAS — Dallas County taxpayers are off the hook in the John Wiley Price corruption case. You will not have to pay for his legal defense.

The controversial Commissioner withdrew his request Wednesday for a court-appointed attorney.

 The motion was filed one day after Price failed to show up for a federal court hearing and instead, had his attorney make the request.

So, why the change of heart?  Blame it on publicity.

“The government has yet to make an opening statement or present its first witness and yet the tenor of the news coverage appears to be that the defendant is guilty,” Billy Ravkind, Price’s attorney, said in the motion.

Even folks on our Facebook page were fired up be the request.

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Despite the reversal, Ravkind still claims Price cannot afford to hire his own defense for his bribery and tax evasion case.

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