Court Will Vote to Remove Ropes in John Wiley Price Case

The security measures were implemented three weeks after details into the investigation surfaced

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    The barriers could come down between reporters and members of the Dallas County Commissioner s Court Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012)

    The barriers could come down between reporters and members of the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court Tuesday. 

    The security measures popped up three weeks ago after details surfaced into the federal investigation into long-time County Commissioner John Wiley Price. 

    Price and other commissioners have been blocked off at the meetings since FBI agents seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry from Price’s home.

    Price is accused of conspiracy to hide assets, money laundering and bribery.  Price declared bankruptcy, and records show he opened an account in his mother’s name to hide assets when he claimed he was broke.

    A county spokeswoman said all of the commissioners agreed on the ropes to “keep decorum in the courtroom."

    Commissioner Mike Cantrell claims he was not on board.

    “I can only speak for myself, nobody asked me about the rope," said Cantrell. "From my viewpoint, I believe that the press ought to have access to the court members."

    The commissioner’s court meets at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. 

    Check back for more information about the court’s decision.