That is the defense low-income housing developer Ruel Hamilton will offer when or if he goes to trial early next year in the federal bribery case that also nabbed former Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis. Hamilton has repeatedly maintained his innocence since he was indicted in March, but a court document filed late Wednesday offered the first glimpse at his defense.
Hamilton, 63, was indicted earlier this year for giving Davis $40,000 to get an affordable housing project through council during her stint as its Housing Committee chairwoman between 2013 and 2015.
In July, on the very same day Davis and her daughter were being buried following a car crash involving a drunken driver, another name was added to the case: Jeremy “Jay” Scroggins, who pleaded guilty to serving as a middleman funneling bribes from Hamilton to Davis. The 44-year-old once ran a nonprofit called Hip Hop Government that was best known for spearheading former council member Dwaine Caraway’s “Pull ‘Em Up” campaign targeting men wearing saggy pants.
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