More than two years after an FBI raid on Dallas City Hall, an investigation into public bribery and corruption allegations has yet to yield a single indictment, the Dallas Morning News reports. The investigation has damaged several politicians’ reputations and has interfered with some aspects of city government, leading several municipal officeholders to call for federal agents to take action or close the case.
“Just come to finality on it. That’s fair to the city, that’s fair to the community, that’s fair to the people involved,” Mayor Tom Leppert said in an interview with the paper. Leppert’s city council colleagues Dave Neumann and Tennell Atkins both agree: “You’ve got to ask the question: ‘Why are they still dragging this out?’ ” Atkins said. “The FBI has put a cloud over the whole city of Dallas. If you have an investigation going on for two years and nothing happens, it’s very hard to erase the stigma.”