Hot Seat: Critics Demand John Wiley Price’s Resignation

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DALLAS – It was business as usual at the Dallas County Commissioners Court Tuesday except John Wiley Price was in the middle of the spotlight.

Yep, he’s back.

Price has been dodging the media after being indicted last month on charges of bribery, tax evasion and fraud, in the biggest public corruption scandal in Dallas history. Turns out, he’s been under investigation by the Feds for 11 years.

And now that hot seat he’s sitting in is getting a little bit hotter.

“You all should call for a resolution requesting that Commissioner Price step down pending the trial,” Wade Emmert, Dallas County Republican Party member, said.

Even members of the Commissioner’s Court called for Price to do something.

“Is it resignation or retirement,” Commissioner Mike Cantrell asked. “Or if that’s not the case, is it maybe pulling himself back from any contractual issues on the court?”

That’s where the whole ‘innocent until proven guilty’ thing comes into play.

“I cannot censure people’s actions that are alleged to have taken place in 2004,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.

This will all be sorted out in court. A trial date has been set for September 29th. But let’s face it, it’ll be continuance galore.

Innocent or guilty, one way or the other, there will be a price to pay.

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