Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Court shuts down anti-Paxton prosecutors ability to loot taxpayers....

"For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
Galatians 6:8

It's about time:
On Monday, the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas voided a $205,000 invoice dating back to January 2016, saying state laws and local rules did not allow the three special prosecutors to be paid the $300-an-hour rate they were promised.

The prosecutors' attorney David Feldman confirmed Tuesday he would appeal the court's decision, but declined to comment on whether his clients would step down from the case due to nonpayment.

"We are delighted," said County Judge Keith Self, who sits on the commissioners court. "All along, Collin County has asked for a ruling by a court and we now have it."

Earlier this summer, the five-member commissioners court sued the prosecutors, claiming their hourly rate was illegal and too high. They said it was a burden on Collin County taxpayers, who are on the hook to pay for prosecuting the attorney general indicted for felony fraud in 2015.


But the Dallas court on Monday sided with the commissioners, saying Texas law requires counties to "set both minimum and maximum hourly rates" in these cases. By adopting local rules that allowed them to exceed their own maximum fees, the court said "the judges exceeded their authority.


As of June, Collin County taxpayers had paid $457,956 in Paxton-related expenses, according to the county auditor. About half — $254,000 — has gone to fund the prosecution. The lawyers' last payday was in January 2016.


A federal judge in March threw out federal civil fraud charges against Paxton - charges that were similar to the state charges.
Read the whole thing here. One of the Collin County commissioners has more here.  Empower Texans has more here.

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