Dallas Settles another Sex Harassment Suit with Firefighters

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The Dallas City Council has agreed to pay two female firefighters, Cheryl Hill and Sherrie Lopez, a total of $225,000 to settle their lawsuits. The women had filed suits for sexual harassment in September- and in Lopez’s case, racial discrimination- while working as Fire-Rescue employees.

The city settled another sexual harassment case in June for $30,000, within the same Fire-Rescue department. Still pending in federal court is yet another sexual harassment lawsuit, filed by former employee Leanne Siri-Edwards, once the highest ranking female civilian in the department.

The Dallas Morning News

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Dallas Police Too Busy to Register Sex Offenders

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Patrolling the Texas State Fair is apparently more important than allowing sex offenders to register in Dallas. According to The Dallas Morning News, those seeking to register as required by law have been routinely turned away because the police department has reassigned officers to other tasks.

Police department spokesman, C.L. Williams admits that the department “erred badly” by limiting the amount of registrants it has processed in recent weeks by only keeping the office open on three days per week, and 2 ½ hours per day. The office also closes for days at a time when staff training is scheduled.

Offenders say they are trying to comply with the law, but the police department is making it difficult for them.  Some claim to have come back repeatedly, and after waiting in line for several hours, are then turned away.

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Dallas D.A. and Judge Battle It Out In Court

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Collin County District Attorney John Roach has filed criminal charges against a state district judge, her campaign manager and two others, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The indictment is the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Judge Suzanne Wooten and Roach, and stems from her defeat of longtime incumbent Judge Charles Sandoval in the 2008 Republican Primary. After the 2008 election, Sandoval met with district attorney staff and accused Wooten of improprieties, which led to an investigation of possible campaign violations by Wooten.

According to the indictments, David Cary and Stacy Stine Cary are accused of making $150,000 in contributions to her election campaign, in exchange for favorable treatment her 380th District Court, should she be elected. At the time, the Carys were involved in court case involving David Cary’s ex-wife and children in the 380th District.

In September, a grand jury impaneled by Wooten requested a special prosecutor to investigate “possible criminal wrongdoing” in Roach’s office. More recently, Roach announced that he would not submit cases to the grand jury overseen by Wooten, and that he planned to resubmit more than 100 indictments made by that grand jury to a new panel.

The Dallas Morning News

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