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FBI Investigating District Attorney’s Use of Forfeiture Fund As Hush Money After Car Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are investigating District Attorney Craig Watkins in Dallas after he used more than $50,000 in asset forfeiture funds to secretly reach an agreement following a car accident in which he was involved, WFAA 8 reports.

Watkins said he couldn’t talk about the investigation.

Agents are focusing in on the ruse of asset forfeiture funds to pay the settlement, which may be illegal, experts said.

“We are troubled by the actions undertaken by Mr. Watkins,” State Rep. Jason Villalba told News 8. “He is a steward of the public trust. He has a duty to manage the public’s trust in a way that doesn’t violate the rule of law. What we see here is a clear abrogation of his responsibility to treat asset forfeiture funds in the ways that the existing authorities have determined they should be treated.”

Under the settlement, the man hit by Watkins’ car agreed not to speak to the media or he’d be forced to turn over $40,000, according to WFAA 8.

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D.C. Delegate Pushes for Creation of DA to Take Away Local Duties From D.C. U.S. Attorney

Eleanor Holmes Norton/official photo

Eleanor Holmes Norton/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Under the category of “things that won’t go away” comes another bill to try and get a local prosecutor for the District of Columbia. Right now the U.S. Attorney handles both federal and local crimes.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has once again introduced a bill  that would create a local district attorney post, according to BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes.

“There is no law enforcement issue of greater importance to our residents, or on which we have less say, than the prosecution of local crimes here,” the legal blog quoted Norton as saying in a statement while introducing the bill last week.

“A U.S. Attorney has no business in the local criminal affairs of a local jurisdiction,” she added. “This bill simply would make the District’s prosecutor accountable to the people by electing him or her, as elsewhere in the nation.”

BLT says Norton introduced similar bills in 2003, 2006 and 2007.