Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.
John Wiley Worth heads into Dallas’ federal courthouse final week.
Monday morning marks the start of the fourth day of jury deliberations within the federal corruption case towards Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Worth and his government assistant, Dapheny Fain. Worth is accused of accepting about $1 million in money and different advantages in trade for confidential info and affect, failing to pay taxes on these advantages and mail fraud. Fain is accused of mendacity to FBI brokers investigating Worth.
Listed here are 5 issues to remember prematurely of a verdict (or the jury saying that it could’t decide):
Marlo Cadeddu goes after FBI forensic accountant David Garcia. — Early within the trial, federal prosecutors managed the narrative. In studying the one hundred-plus web page indictment of Worth and laying out the litany of proof towards the commissioner throughout a prolonged opening assertion, prosecutors implied to the jury that Worth was responsible, merely due to the quantity of proof the Division of Justice held towards him.
The protection started pushing again with Marlo Cadeddu’s potent cross-examination of Garcia. Cadeddu used Garcia to arrange the protection’s principle of the case. As a result of Garcia’s investigation of Worth began at an arbitrary level, Cadeddu stated, the FBI could not conclusively consider the character of the connection between Worth, Fain and their co-defendant Kathy Nealy, who is about to go on trial later this yr. Based on the protection, funds between Nealy and Worth have been truly repayments for loans, as have been funds between Fain and Worth. Mortgage repayments usually are not topic to taxes. Cadeddu’s cross put prosecutors on their heels for the primary time within the trial, setting a tone that may proceed for over the trials seven weeks of testimony.
Hillwood lawyer explains the quid professional quo. — The closest prosecutors got here to offering a easy description of the crimes Worth allegedly dedicated got here in the course of the testimony of David Newsome, the ex-chief counsel of Hillwood, Ross Perot Jr.’s firm.
Newsome informed jurors about hiring Nealy, after which the advantages the corporate received from Worth because it tried to scuttle Richard Allen’s Inland Port deal in southern Dallas County. The inland port would’ve threatened Hillwood’s commerce and pursuits close to Alliace Airport in Tarrant County. Newsome advised jurors that he knew Nealy had Worth’s ear, however wasn’t conscious she was allegedly kicking a number of the money Hillwood paid her to Worth.
If the jury convicts Worth on bribery costs, Newsome’s testimony may have confirmed itself to be key.
Former County Decide Jim Foster dings Worth. — Foster’s testimony is vital if the jury is to consider that Worth’s actions as commissioner harmed his constituents in southwest Dallas County. All through the trial, each side have conceded that Worth is probably the most educated elected official in Dallas…