Disorder in the court — again

Last week, all hell broke loose in the Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting when some folks angry over what was, in effect, the firing of County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbert decided to express that anger to the person they considered primarily responsible for something they saw as unfair: Commissioner John Wiley Price.

One speaker, Dallas lawyer Jeff Turner, a white man, used the term “chief mullah” in referring to Price, who is black. Price said he heard Turner say, “chief moolah” and considered it a racist term. Price, in term, noted that all the speakers criticizing him were white and suggested they all “Go to hell.”  He reportedly told the speakers to go to hell several times, and even said, “You too, fat boy,” to another speaker.

Today, though, County Judge Clay Jenkins was determined not to let things get out of hand. But some folks, according to this report by Dallas Morning News, went a little too far. DMN says Jenkins refused to allow any speaker to say anything at all critical about the court as a whole or any of the commissioners — something that those who got gaveled down by Jenkins considered to be downright unconstitutional.

What did Commissioner Price think? His comment was, “You wanted decorum, you got decorum.”

The Morning News also reports that the court has passed a new code of conduct for themselves, but didn’t say what the new conduct requires.

My favorite part of the whole thing though was this comment posted on the DMN story by a reader: “I miss [openly gay former County] Judge [Jim] Foster already.”

—  admin

Flash! ‘Truth’ debuts among Dallas lawyers

Local lesbian author and attorney unleashes her new novel set in Big D

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor
jones@dallasvoice.com

Most people probably don’t expect to hear the word “truth” and “lawyer” used unironically in the same sentence, but that doesn’t stop Carsen Taite.

Taite, a pseudonym (see?) for Dallas lawyer Teresa Cain, became a Lambda Literary Award finalist for her second novel, It Should Be a Crime, set in Dallas with barely disguised allusions to SMU, Buddies II and other local landmarks. Now with her third novel, Nothing But the Truth, she heads once again into the fertile world of the Dallas legal system. And she finds some sexy lesbian lawyers to do a lot of the work for her.

Ryan and Brett are women who usually oppose each other in court but find themselves thrust together in the bedroom. There’s murder, a strange turn of events that changes one from advocate to witness, some potboiler plotting that causes them to join forces to find the truth … and of course, a hearty dose of girl-on-girl action.

Taite was originally set to read from Nothing but the Truth, which was released late last month, this week, but the cold front pushed it back. Hopefully it’ll go forward this time with her reading and book signing. She’ll probably save the raciest parts for the privacy of your own bedrooms.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 11, 2011.

—  John Wright

Angela Hunt kicks off her re-election bid as possible ‘battle royale’ for mayor looms

Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt will host a re-election kickoff tonight at the Stoneleigh Hotel, and not surprisingly several members of the LGBT community are listed as platinum, gold and silver hosts. Hunt is a solid LGBT ally who represents heavily gay portions of the city including half of Oak Lawn. She has announced that she’s seeking re-election to her District 14 seat but hasn’t said whether she’ll run for mayor if Tom Leppert decides not to seek a second term. Leppert is considering a bid for U.S. Senate in 2012 if Kay Bailey Hutchison doesn’t seek re-election, as Gromer Jefffers at The Dallas Morning News reiterates this morning:

Unless Hutchison gives him a heads up that she’s running, chances are Leppert won’t seek re-election as mayor.

That means another battle royale election in Dallas, much like the one that elevated Leppert in 2007. That year, nearly 20 candidates expressed an early interest in the job. But this time, there is no reliable list of contenders, not even a short one. Just one candidate has announced he’ll run: Jim Moore, a little-known Dallas lawyer.

Park Board member and former city homeless czar Mike Rawlings has been frequently mentioned as a contender. Other names include City Council members Angela Hunt and Ron Natinsky.

Hunt’s re-election kickoff will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Stoneleigh, 2927 Maple Ave. in Dallas. For more info, visit her website.

—  John Wright