|John Wiley Price's New Bodyguard: Sheriff Lupe Valdez|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Jun 6, 2012, 12:11 AM|
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, a Democrat, is enjoying the benefits of receiving special protections from a high security team that is led by Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a fellow Democrat, while he is under investigation by the FBI.
Channel 5 News DFW reports that, “new security measures helped Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price avoid questions Tuesday about new details of allegations of bribery, money laundering and bankruptcy fraud.”
Price made his first public appearance since a forfeiture filing was unsealed in a federal court last week. He attended the regular Commissioners Court meeting. FBI documents disclosed why U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of the Justice Department wants to keep more than $460,000 that the FBI seized from Price.
During the Democratic Presidential Primary of 2008 in Texas, Mr. Price endorsed Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama.
According to Channel 5, “the filing claims the money is ill-gotten gains from illegal activity, including payoffs for influence at the Commissioners court. Price was able to leave Tuesday’s meeting before reporters could even speak to him because of a new rope barricade that blocks the area where commissioners normally take questions.”
Sheriff Valdez explained that Price deserves “extra deputies” at the meeting, since she claims that she must protect Mr. Price from protestors. However, no protestors attended the Commissioners Court last Tuesday.
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