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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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 the Travis County District Attorney would not resign. 

 

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 CPRIT had nothing to do with 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.

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.

At Booking, Perry Reiterates Defense of Veto

After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."

 

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.

Formidable Lawyer at Center of Perry Prosecution

Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor who secured an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, is described by colleagues as faithful and aggressive. One thing they don't call him is partisan.

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.

Video: Perry Talks Indictment, Border, 2016

Gov. Rick Perry said on Fox News Sunday that he stands behind his decision to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit, and he noted there have been some Democrats who have questioned the felony charges he's facing.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.

Five Things to Know About Perry Indictment

There is a lot we don't know about how the prosecution of Gov. Rick Perry will take shape. In the meantime, here are five things to remember about this case and its history as things move forward.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.

Perry Fires Back, Calls Indictment a Political Ploy

Gov. Rick Perry on Saturday decried a Travis County grand jury's indictment of him on two felony counts, saying allegations that he abused his power were politically motivated.

 

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.

In AG Race, Democrats Hope Houston Gives Paxton a Fight

Democrats have big hopes for an attorney general candidate named Sam Houston. They believe his Republican opponent, Ken Paxton, is vulnerable. 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.