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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A judge has granted Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price’s request to hire a second attorney in his corruption trial.
Price was arrested and indicted last summer as part of a corruption investigation. He has since pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innocence.
Friday morning, U.S. Magistrate Renee Toliver granted Price’s request, thought Price will be financially responsible in part.
Price had already enlisted the services of well-known attorney Billy Ravkind, but court records now show that he has added Shirley Baccus-Lobel.
As part of the legal appointment, Price will be responsible for paying $80,000 of Baccus-Lobel’s fees between March 2015 and March 2016. He will also make monthly payments of $500 throughout the trial.
In September, a federal judge denied Price’s request for a court-appointed attorney, saying that Price could afford to pay for his own legal defense.
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