Here are the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Friday's indictment of DallasCounty Commissioner John WileyPrice.
Who is JohnWileyPrice?
John WileyPrice is DallasCounty's first African American commissioner, elected in 1984. He has been vocal about minority issues and has close ties to Dallas business elite. Known as 'Our ManDowntown,' Price is in charge of District 3, which includes downtown and West Dallas, some of SoutheasternDallas, Seagoville and Hutchins.
Price has been under investigation by the FBIsince 2011. Agents searched his home, as well as those of his associates, and seized more than $229,000 in cash and expensive watches. Agents also took $230,000 from a DallasCounty builder who was giving Price that money for a 9-acre piece of land.
In 2012 a civil forfeiture case opened as federal officials tried to keep that seized money from going back to Price.
Why was he indicted?
The federal government's indictment against Price lists one count of bribery, six counts of mail fraud and five counts of tax fraud, with the help of three associates.
Who are those three associates? Were they arrested as well?
Dapheny Fain, Price's top assistant; political consultant Kathy Nealy, a close Price associate; and Christian Lloyd Campbell, a consultant who worked with Nealy. Price was arrested, the other three were allowed to surrender to FBI agents.
Price, Fain, Nealy and Campbell pleaded 'not guilty' at an initial appearance at 1 p.m. in front of a federal magistrate judge. Price, who was bound in leg shackles, nevertheless appeared confident and, as he left the courthouse, told the gaggle of reporters surrounding him: 'I'm going back to work.'
When will the trial of John Wiley Price begin?
Federal cases take a long time -- years, in fact. Remember, it was three years between the FBI's initial search of Price's home and office in 2011 and today's arrest. It could be more than a year from now before there's a trial. Between now and then, people could plead guilty and promise to testify for the government. Prosecutors could, conceivably, even add charges and defendants.
DoPrice and the others have to stay in jail that entire time?
No, they have all been freed on bond. And in the federal criminal court system, defendants typically are released without having to pay cash bonds money. Instead, they have to promise that they will not skip town. Basically, it's a 'promise to appear' verbal bond. That means they have to appear at every hearing scheduled up until, and including, the trial. If they fail to appear -- without a very, very good reason -- federal judges are notorious for being quick to issue an arrest warrant. Violating conditions of bond can also be a crime itself, and that could tack on additional charges, adding years to a jail sentence if the person is convicted of a crime.
How much time does Price face in prison if convicted?
Up to 30 years.
Will JohnWileyPrice still serve as Dallas County Commissioner after his arrest?
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