Monday, July 1, 2019

Rats Flee Sinking Ship of Paxton Prosecution

"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

Having had their taxpayer shakedown denied (all over again), Lauren McGaughy reports the predictable shoes dropping:
AUSTIN — One of the three attorneys pursuing criminal charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has stepped down from the case.

Last week, Nicole DeBorde filed a motion to withdraw from the case just a week after the state's top court thwarted the special prosecutors' attempts to retain their $300-an-hour pay rate. The presiding judge, Robert Johnson of Harris County, granted her request on June 26, according to court documents.

"As a result of a series of professional obligations over the past several months, the undersigned can no longer devote the requisite time and attention to discharging her duties as an Attorney Pro Tem in these matters," DeBorde wrote. "The undersigned has obtained the consent of her fellow Attorneys Pro Tem to her withdrawing in these matters."
This should surprise nobody.  Ken Paxton has already been cleared on identical federal charges.   We already know there was no underlying crime.  The only reason this case has continued to this point is because of the perverse incentives created by the special prosecutors fee structure.

With the fee structure removed, the special prosecutors have no incentive to continue the case.

Bottom Line: Lawyers who are confident in their case aren't afraid to work on a contingency basis....

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