"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
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Less than two months after Travis County commissioners hired an outside law firm to represent the county and District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in a wrongful termination lawsuit, attorneys have burned through the initial $50,000Read the whole thing here.
The Commissioners Court last week approved raising the not-to-exceed amount of its contract with Scott, Douglass & McConnico to $100,000.
The lawsuit stemmed from Lehmberg’s firing of former prosecutor Steve Brand in June, a decision she said was based on comments he made in court that she found racially insensitive.
Brand alleged in a federal lawsuit filed in July that Lehmberg fired him after he triggered a Texas Rangers review of her actions when he reported that she tried to pressure him into protecting an Austin police homicide detective under two internal affairs investigations. The Rangers review determined no criminal offense had been committed.
County officials had told the American-Statesman that the $600 hourly rate for lawyer Stephen McConnico was higher than usual. The typical rate is $200 to $400, county officials said.