Estate of Denial, not real media, covers today’s 4949 Swiss Ave. not real case hearing (TX)

Estate of Denial® isn’t “real” media.  We don’t generally pick fights over the point, but as that seems to be the position of Dallas County, let us just say “message received!”

EoD posted yesterday our concern regarding traveling today more than two hours (each way) to Dallas for an 8:30 a.m. hearing posted on “The Official Website of Dallas County” related to the case of Edwin C. Olsen, the second of three defendants,  in the 4949 Swiss Ave. estate looting attempt.  In working for a taxpayer advocacy organization that vigorously promotes open government, access to public information is a serious issue and government entities’ willingness (or unwillingness) to be helpful in such areas is noteworthy.

For several years while these cases were put off again and again, EoD had a quite helpful relationship with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Public Information Officer.  Recent attempts to confirm today’s hearing with that office were unsuccessful.  A call to the department’s main number, as suggested by a D.A. staffer during the Mark McCay trial, yielded referral to the PIO and again, no success.  A request to that office seeking information on the web site’s coding system – an effort to acquire self-sufficiency to navigate this system – also went unanswered.   As some of the coding may even have changed during our watching of this particular entry, greater knowledge of that system, it was hoped, would assist in determining the newsworthiness and sensibility of time/cost expenditures for hearings like today as well as future posted proceedings.  Today missed both those marks.

Upon arrival, “it might be happening – we don’t know who might show – these things are first-come as attorneys arrive” was the response.  Perhaps we should have called ahead for confirmation….

Trying to give benefit of the doubt that county employees have incredibly busy schedules might seem fair although an hour and 15 minutes spent in court awaiting the judge’s arrival didn’t help defend that position.  We quipped yesterday on Facebook that trial or not – we’d have a new topic on which to write.  And again, as a taxpayer advocate, stories of pig skinning and courtroom decorum with a frat house flair might seem a “red meat” day.  Our own sense of responsibility toward a day of lost productivity, however, must preempt such discussions – at least for now.

All that aside, Estate of Denial® will continue working to follow the 4949 Swiss Ave. prosecutions as best we can.  These are important cases which highlight many of the threats facing an unsuspecting public when it comes to their property and their heirs’ rights of inheritance.  We strongly believe in the public’s right to know what’s happening in their communities and how their tax dollars are being used to address (or not) issues that arise.