The June 22 public corruption trial of former Dallas City Council member Don Hill, state Rep. Terri Hodge and others promises to be the biggest political spectacle this city has seen in recent years.
The witness list includes such politicos as former Mayor Laura Miller, former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, City Manager Mary Suhm, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and many others.
With everything else, the trial should bring into focus the ways deals were cut at City Hall and whether they were legal or illegal.
Lawyers involved expect the trial to last for months.
Rep. Hodge steadfastly maintains her innocence, but she has never publicly explained away seemingly strong evidence that she received free rent for many years from a developer for whom she allegedly did favors in an official capacity. (See details in the indictment, a 166-page pdf file, beginning on p. 26 of the pdf.)
This summer's trial will either finally give Hodge a chance to respond publicly and clear her name once and for all, or sink her political career for good and maybe send her to prison. I wish her luck, but mostly I hope she didn't do what she's been accused of by the US Attorney and a federal grand jury.
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