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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In AG Race, Democrats Hope Houston Gives Paxton a Fight

Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the  2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas,  June 28, 2014.
Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 28, 2014.

Democrats have big hopes for an attorney general candidate named Sam Houston. They believe his Republican opponent, Ken Paxton, is vulnerable because of ethical problems. Paxton’s supporters say Democrats have little cause for optimism.

Ismael Gonzalez, 22, with DNT Construction filled his tanker truck with dyed diesel fuel at Tex-Con Oil Company on May 20, 2014, in Austin.
Ismael Gonzalez, 22, with DNT Construction filled his tanker truck with dyed diesel fuel at Tex-Con Oil Company on May 20, 2014, in Austin.

With State Unit Gone, Fuel Tax Fraud Cases Flow to DAs

Local prosecutors are now responsible for pursuing cases targeting fuel tax theft after the public integrity unit's motor fuels tax fraud division shuttered last summer, a move that followed state funding cuts. Some are concerned that criminals will see less of a deterrent to fuel tax fraud schemes.

State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur, urges House members to vote against bringing up the TSA bill HB29 laid out by State Rep. David Simpson on the last day of the special session on June 29, 2011.
State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur, urges House members to vote against bringing up the TSA bill HB29 laid out by State Rep. David Simpson on the last day of the special session on June 29, 2011.

Lawmaker Wants AG Opinion on Governor's Legal Bill

A state lawmaker wants to know if it’s legal to have taxpayers foot the bill for the $450-an-hour attorney hired to defend Gov. Rick Perry in a grand jury investigation.

Gov. Rick Perry is shown on Nov. 15, 2013, at an Austin kickoff rally for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's re-election campaign.
Gov. Rick Perry is shown on Nov. 15, 2013, at an Austin kickoff rally for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's re-election campaign.

Analysis: Perry and the Threat That Boomeranged

A grand jury is considering whether Gov. Rick Perry broke the law when he threatened to cut state funding for the public integrity unit of the Travis County DA’s office. No matter what happens, its decision will figure into his future as the 2016 presidential race looms.

Texas gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Wendy Davis speaks to press following an education rally in Austin, Texas on April 14th
Texas gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Wendy Davis speaks to press following an education rally in Austin, Texas on April 14th

Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI

The agency charged with prosecuting public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into Wendy Davis last year without finding any issues worth pursuing and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the FBI.

 

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.
Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.

Prosecutor: Perry Veto of Integrity Funds "Concerning"

A special prosecutor, who is investigating whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his authority when he eliminated state funding of the Texas public integrity unit, told the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE that what he’s found so far is “concerning.”

 

Jon Buice has served more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 1991 murder of 27-year-old Paul Broussard. His lawyer alleges that an unknown lawmaker obtained confidential disciplinary records and shared them with advocates for Broussard’s family in 2011 when the inmate was denied parole.
Jon Buice has served more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 1991 murder of 27-year-old Paul Broussard. His lawyer alleges that an unknown lawmaker obtained confidential disciplinary records and shared them with advocates for Broussard’s family in 2011 when the inmate was denied parole.

Complaint: Legislator Illegally Released Inmate's File

The Travis County district attorney’s office’s Public Integrity Unit is reviewing evidence that suggests a state lawmaker illegally released an inmate’s disciplinary file to a victims’ rights advocate in an effort to prevent a high-profile convicted murderer’s release from prison.

The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A Conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.
The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A Conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.

"Kumbaya Session" Becoming a Distant Memory

After a relatively calm regular session, Gov. Rick Perry is flexing his partisan muscles as the special session presses on. Redistricting, abortion-related issues and a threat to cut off state funding for the Public Integrity Unit are ratcheting up tensions.