John Wiley Price wants taxpayers to pay for his defense in corruption case

A judge will give Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price one more chance to argue that taxpayers should pay for his legal defense in a corruption case.

Price's attorneys made the request for financial assistance in federal court Tuesday morning. But, Price was in his seat at Commissioner's Court and not there to answer the judge's questions.

The judge agreed to give him until early next week to come up with the necessary paperwork to support his claim. He must attend the rescheduled hearing.

Price is accused of soliciting and taking bribes related to county business.

His chief of staff, Daphne Fain, political consultant, Kathy Nealy and another consultant, Christian Campbell, were also charged.

Price and Campbell's attorneys had filed motions to separate the trials so that jury members aren't confused by all the complicated conspiracy allegations.

Price's attorneys withdrew their motion Tuesday morning. The judge also denied Campbell's motion. That means there will be one trial for all four defendants.


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