For 16 years, Bill Price has successfully defended the city’s prostitutes, drug dealers, drunk drivers and the occasional client accused of murder. But against COVID-19 and a dormant criminal justice system, even the gold medal weightlifter-turned-litigator is powerless.
“This virus has crippled the courts,” says the veteran defense attorney. “There are no jury trials. We don’t have the ability to meet face-to-face with prosecutors to hammer out plea deals. With the economy, people simply have less money to spend on attorneys. Everyone is being hit hard by this.”
While residents have spent the last six months working from home, binging Tiger King, toasting happy hour via Zoom and watching cardboard cutouts sit in our seats at sporting events, Dallas’ courts have ground to a ha...Read More