Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:forty three a.m.
John Wiley Worth
Probably the most ominous factor for the protection after three full weeks of the federal prosecution of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Worth is the sheer quantity of proof. This week, the Division of Justice hammered the purpose house many times.
It is a smorgasbord for the jury. If they do not just like the transactions prosecutors have recognized as bribes, they will concentrate on Worth’s alleged unreported revenue and the tax evasion that adopted. If they do not contemplate both of these points proof sufficient to ship Worth to federal jail, they will concentrate on straw purchases of automobiles and property made for him by his political advisor and co-defendant Kathy Nealy. The federal government, it appears, can miss some punches however throw 10 extra and hope to attach with a clear shot.
This is what value understanding from the week’s proceedings:
The rationale the blokes who paid the bribes do not get charged. — Hillwood’s former chief counsel, David Newsom, took the stand Tuesday to speak about Worth’s position in getting Hillwood included in a serious piece of south Dallas County’s inland port undertaking. To listen to him inform it, he was completely shocked when he found a number of the cash Hillwood was paying Nealy in hopes that she would safe entry to Worth was going to Worth instantly. Had he recognized, he stated, he would’ve terminated the connection. As prosecutors warned the jury approach again throughout jury choice, the blokes who initially had the cash that allegedly went to Worth weren’t indicted as a result of, once they gave it to Nealy, the money wasn’t but a bribe. It was Nealy, prosecutors say, who transformed the money into bribes when she gave it to Worth.
Understanding the Inland Port mess may be the important thing to understanding Worth and his place in Dallas. — Jim Schutze can clarify this higher than anybody, nevertheless it’s not onerous to view the last word failure of the Inland Port undertaking, which might’ve introduced hundreds of jobs to Worth’s district, as Worth’s promoting out of his personal constituency, in case you consider the feds. Briefly, as a result of Worth was getting money from Hillwood by means of Nealy, in response to the feds. Worth did every part he might to stall and finally scuttle the undertaking, which might’ve reduce into Hillwood’s delivery enterprise in Fort Value. In public, Worth dismissed the promise of all these jobs.
“Throughout slavery, everybody had a job,” he stated, whereas, in personal, he was seemingly doing every part he might to assist individuals like Newsom and Perot.
The protection is sticking to their story about Worth simply being a pleasant man. — Regina Watts, Worth’s lengthy-time girlfriend, took the stand Thursday to again up prosecutors’ assertions that it was Worth who had unique use of each a BMW convertible and a Chevy Avalanche owned and insured by Nealy. Shortly, nevertheless, Decide Lynn took a number of the juice out of her testimony by shutting down prosecutors once they tried to ask…