Monday, May 18, 2015

DPS Closes Baseless Stickland Investigation

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Press Release from Stickland's Office:
DPS Informs Stickland that Committee Allegations Have No Merit

Austin, TX – State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford) announced today that DPS in-formed his legal counsel late last week that DPS has completed their investigation of allegations against Stickland and his office related to witness registrations at an April 30, 2015 Transportation Committee meeting. DPS informed Stickland that the allega-tions are without merit and that the case is closed.

“Late Friday I spoke with one of the rangers assigned to the case,” said Trey Trainor, outside legal counsel for Stickland and his staff. “I was told that the investigation was over and that I would not be hearing from DPS anymore.”

DPS officers met with Stickland and his staff and interviewed them related to a criminal investigation of violations of the penal code. Those meetings concluded on Thursday and DPS promptly closed the case the next day.

“The officer said they had taken the evidence gathered by DPS to the DA’s Office and the district attorney was not interested in taking the case,” added Trainor. “We have said since the beginning that there were no violations of the law or violations of House rules, and I am glad that law enforcement agreed.”

Stickland spoke with General Investigating and Ethics Committee Chairman John Kuempel (R–Seguin) on Monday and was informed that the committee did not have any additional hearings scheduled at this time.

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