Tribpedia: Public Integrity Unit

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The Public Integrity Unit is a state-funded division of the Travis County District Attorney's Office. It investigates public corruption, insurance fraud, and motor fuels tax fraud. 

The Travis County DA holds the chief responsibility for enforcing the government and election code statewide. The unit was created under the leadership of Ronnie Earle, who served as the Travis County DA ...

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Judge Bert Richardson, right.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Judge Bert Richardson, right.

Perry to Make First Courtroom Appearance

A Thursday pre-trial hearing on Gov. Rick Perry's abuse of power indictment will focus on whether the criminal prosecutor in the case was properly sworn in and if a transcript of grand jury testimony should be made available for inspection by the judge. But all eyes will instead be on Perry, who is expected to make his first appearance in court.

 

State Sen. Ken Paxton celebrated with supporters after winning the Republican primary runoff for Texas attorney general on May 27, 2014.
State Sen. Ken Paxton celebrated with supporters after winning the Republican primary runoff for Texas attorney general on May 27, 2014.

Paxton Investigation Won't Proceed Before Election

The Travis County district attorney's office investigation into whether state Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for Texas attorney general, committed a crime when he violated the Texas Securities Act will not proceed until after the Nov. 4 election.

 

 

Gov. Rick Perry leaves the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center in Austin after his booking on Aug. 19, 2014.
Gov. Rick Perry leaves the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center in Austin after his booking on Aug. 19, 2014.

Lawyers File Motion To Quash Perry's Indictment

Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers have filed a second challenge to the governor’s indictment on Monday, asking a judge to dismiss the charges against him as unconstitutional. The motion parallels an earlier request to dismiss the indictments on other grounds. 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Judge Bert Richardson, right.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Judge Bert Richardson, right.

Attorneys Call Judge in Perry Case Thoughtful, Fair

If Bert Richardson remains on the bench for the criminal case against Gov. Rick Perry, those who know the former prosecutor say observers will be treated to an engaged judge. It’s Richardson’s Republican bonafides that have kept conservative criticism of the case more focused on the indictment than on the former state district judge.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

Analysis: Despite Calendar, Campaigns Take a Back Seat

This is the time of a political year when voters start — slowly — to pay attention to the candidates, issues and arguments ahead of a general election. But this year, there is something else to watch instead: An indicted governor and an unsympathetic prosecutor are hogging the spotlight.

Video: Perry's Week in Review

From the charges to a post-booking ice cream stop, we recap the headlines since a Travis County grand jury handed down an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry related to his threat to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit.

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Austin attorney David Botsford speaks to the media after Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on August 18, 2014.
Austin attorney David Botsford speaks to the media after Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on August 18, 2014.

Perry Lawyers Will Challenge Indictment Next Week

A lawyer for Gov. Rick Perry told a judge Friday that he will challenge felony charges that arose from Gov. Rick Perry's threat to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutions if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg would not resign in the wake of a drunk-driving conviction. 

 

Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

A Week After Perry's Indictment, Legal Case Begins

After a week of defiance, press conferences and an unusual rally to mark his booking on felony charges, Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team makes its first courtroom appearance on Friday, kicking off the more mundane legal process that could begin to offer a better glimpse at the case against the governor.

 

 

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

The Brief: Restoration of Funding for Public Integrity Unit in Limbo

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that in the days before Gov. Rick Perry's indictment over his veto of funding for the public integrity unit, the Travis County DA's office had requested the next Legislature to restore most of the unit's funding.

Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

Perry Attorneys: Cancer Agency Probe Not Basis of Veto

The state investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, had nothing to do with Gov. Rick Perry's veto of $7.5 million in funds earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County district attorney's office, defense attorneys for the governor said Thursday. 

A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.
A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.

Perry Pleads Not Guilty

Gov. Rick Perry has waived his right to appear at his arraignment hearing on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.