John Wiley Price denied court-appointed lawyer

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request for a court-appointed attorney by a longtime Dallas County commissioner who is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in bribes.

John Wiley Price is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies.

Wiley was charged in July in a 13-count indictment, along with his chief of staff and two political consultants.

The well-known local leader in the Dallas area had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver for a court-appointed lawyer.

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But Toliver wrote in a court order Monday that “the evidence establishes that (Wiley) has significant financial resources.”

All four defendants in the case have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is scheduled for January 2016.



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