travis county district attorney http://kut.org en Special Prosecutor To Investigate Perry Veto http://kut.org/post/special-prosecutor-investigate-perry-veto A Texas judge says he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry abused his office when he vetoed state funding for the Travis County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.<p>The complaint stems from an allegation that Perry said he would veto millions in funding for the office if Democratic D.A. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:09:56 +0000 Shelley Kofler 8499 at http://kut.org Special Prosecutor To Investigate Perry Veto Travis County Looks at Funding Options for Public Integrity Unit http://kut.org/post/travis-county-looks-funding-options-public-integrity-unit <p class="p1">The future of the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/tribpedia/public-integrity-unit/">Public Integrity Unit</a>&nbsp;- an arm of the Travis County's District Attorney's Office with about 600 statewide fraud cases open that was recently defunded by Gov. Rick Perry - is anything but certain.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Today, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court/">Travis County Commissioners Court</a>&nbsp; looked at some alternatives to fund the office, which could shutter its doors on Sept. 30 and leave 31 employees jobless.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:38:26 +0000 Joy Diaz 8272 at http://kut.org Travis County Looks at Funding Options for Public Integrity Unit Is There a Future for Texas' Political Corruption Investigation Unit? http://kut.org/post/there-future-texas-political-corruption-investigation-unit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97470439&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas Governor Rick Perry has eliminated funding to the only office in the state that investigates and prosecutes political corruption cases.</p><p>It started with a mistake that <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update">landed Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in jail</a> for drunk driving.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 8160 at http://kut.org Is There a Future for Texas' Political Corruption Investigation Unit? Perry to Veto Integrity Funds Unless Lehmberg Resigns http://kut.org/post/perry-veto-integrity-funds-unless-lehmberg-resigns <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;will veto financing for the public integrity unit — the state's ethics enforcement division — unless embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigns, an official close to the governor said Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/officials-perry-vows-veto-of-state-funding-unless-/nYHRm/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); "><em style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Austin American-Statesman</em></a>&nbsp;reported Monday night that Perry would use a line-item veto to cut funding for the unit unless Lehmberg, who was convicted and served jail time for drunken driven this past spring, steps down.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:41:41 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 8068 at http://kut.org DA Lehmberg Seeking Treatment Following DWI Jail Release http://kut.org/post/da-lehmberg-seeking-treatment-following-dwi-jail-release <div style="margin:0;"><p>Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she is attending treatment for a brief time to “deal with the behavior” that led to her <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update" target="_blank">drunk driving arrest</a>.</p><p>Lehmberg <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/da-lehmberg-released-jail-morning-update" target="_blank">served half of a 45-day jail sentence</a> after pleading <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0" target="_blank">guilty to a DWI charge</a> last month.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:12:07 +0000 Laura Rice 7720 at http://kut.org DA Lehmberg Seeking Treatment Following DWI Jail Release DA Lehmberg Released from Jail This Morning (Update) http://kut.org/post/da-lehmberg-released-jail-morning-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was released from jail early this morning. She was let go after serving just half of her 45 day DWI sentence because of good behavior.</p><p>An email from her campaign says she'll <span dir="ltr">seek "professional treatment" in an effort to better understand her behavior.</span><span dir="ltr"> Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.</span></p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 10:35:32 +0000 Laura Rice 7661 at http://kut.org DA Lehmberg Released from Jail This Morning (Update) Another DWI Case: DPS Official Held http://kut.org/post/another-dwi-case-dps-official-held <p>Austin has had another high-profile DWI arrest.</p><p>Texas Department of Public Safety official Richard Hooks was arrested early this morning and booked into the Travis County Jail.</p><p>Hooks is the Capital-area regional coordinator for the <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/">Texas Division of Emergency Management</a>.</p><p>Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is serving a 45-day sentence after pleading guilty to a DWI charge last month.</p><p>In March, state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez was arrested for DWI after a collision.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 22:19:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 7598 at http://kut.org Another DWI Case: DPS Official Held Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-issues-public-apology-drunk-driving <p>District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg released a public apology on <a href="http://rosemarylehmberg.com">her website</a> over the weekend.</p><p>She offers her "deepest regret and most sincere apology" for the April 12 drunk driving incident which <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update">led to her arrest</a> and <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">subsequent guilty plea</a>. Lehmberg announced on her <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RosemaryLehmberg">Facebook page</a> that she had posted the letter, calling it the "<span class="userContent">only form of communication available to [her] at this time."</span> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:24:18 +0000 Austin Feldman 7536 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving State Lawmaker Wants Travis County DA to Resign http://kut.org/post/state-lawmaker-wants-travis-county-da-resign <p>A state lawmaker is calling for the resignation of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who’s serving <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">a 45-day sentence </a>in the county jail after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.</p><p>State Representative <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/phil-king/">Phil King</a>, R-Weatherford, says if Lehmberg doesn’t resign, the state’s Public Integrity Unit should be moved from her office to the Texas Attorney General’s. The unit investigates corruption by lawmakers.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:19:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Veronica Zaragovia 7533 at http://kut.org State Lawmaker Wants Travis County DA to Resign Group Supports Keeping DA Rosemary Lehmberg in Office http://kut.org/post/group-supports-keeping-da-rosemary-lehmberg-office <p>There’s a show of support this afternoon for Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who’s in the county jail after <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated</a>.</p><p>A group of more than 175 lawyers called Friends of Rosemary Lehmberg filed a friend of the court brief calling for Lehmberg to remain in office and serve out her term as district attorney.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:22:42 +0000 Trey Shaar & Nathan Bernier 7512 at http://kut.org Group Supports Keeping DA Rosemary Lehmberg in Office Travis County DA Lehmberg Pleads Guilty, Gets 45 Jail Days http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0 <p>Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleaded guilty this morning to a Class A misdemeanor for drunk driving.</p><p>She was<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update"> arrested last Friday night</a> after she was reportedly driving erratically. Travis County Sheriff’s officers say they found an open bottle of vodka in her car. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:03:42 +0000 Joy Diaz 7424 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Lehmberg Pleads Guilty, Gets 45 Jail Days Report: Suit Seeks to Sink Travis Co. DA Over 'Intoxication' http://kut.org/post/report-suit-seeks-sink-travis-co-da-over-intoxication <p></p><p>An Austin citizen has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;from office, arguing that <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update">her recent&nbsp;DWI&nbsp;arrest</a> provides grounds for removal.</p><p><a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/news/2013-04-17/lawsuit-seeks-lehmbergs-removal-from-office/">The&nbsp;<em>Austin Chronicle</em>&nbsp;reports</a>&nbsp;that the lawsuit, brought by local attorney Kerry O'Brien, seeks to have&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;temporarily removed from office until a verdict is reached in her&nbsp;DWI&nbsp;arrest. That verdict should come easily, as&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;has penned a letter pleading guilty “without any request for leniency or consideration of any type.”</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:25:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar 7389 at http://kut.org Report: Suit Seeks to Sink Travis Co. DA Over 'Intoxication' Travis County DA Arrested for Drunk Driving (Update) http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she will plead guilty to a DWI charge and will accept whatever punishment is handed down.</p><p>Lehmberg sent the following letter to County Attorney David Escamilla over the weekend:</p><blockquote><p>To: Mr. David &nbsp;Escamilla and the Judge of any Court of Jurisdiction</p><p>From: Rosemary Lehmberg</p><p>Date: April 14, 2013&nbsp;</p><p>Please accept this as my Plea of Guilt to the Charge of Driving While Intoxicated, arising from my arrest on 4/12/13, for whatever level of offense is determined to be justified by the facts. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:21:47 +0000 Matt Largey & Laura Rice 7354 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Arrested for Drunk Driving (Update) Ethics Commission Backs Off Investigative Power Plan http://kut.org/post/ethics-commission-backs-investigative-power-plan <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Texas Ethics Commission</a>&nbsp;backed away Thursday from a controversial proposal to take certain investigative authority away from the Travis County district attorney’s office, but the agency approved two recommendations aimed at enhancing criminal inquiries of state elected officials.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:45:31 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 5777 at http://kut.org Ethics Commission Backs Off Investigative Power Plan Grand Jury No-Bills Wagner; Acevedo Says Carter, Teen at Fault in Shooting http://kut.org/post/grand-jury-no-bills-wagner-acevedo-says-carter-teen-fault-shooting <p>A Travis County grand jury has decided not to indict Austin Police Department officer Nathan Wagner for the May 30 shooting death of Byron Carter, Jr. You can view several photos released from the grand jury investigation above.</p><p>Officer Wagner and Officer Jeffrey Rodriguez were searching an area along East Eighth street as part of an initiative targeting auto theft. They encountered 20-year-old Carter and a teenager. (Due to the teen&rsquo;s age, the individual has not been identified.)</p><p>The officers say the two were acting suspiciously and they started following them. Carter and the other person then got into a car and police say the teen driver accelerated toward the two officers.</p><p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:38:51 +0000 Ben Philpott & Wells Dunbar 3814 at http://kut.org Grand Jury No-Bills Wagner; Acevedo Says Carter, Teen at Fault in Shooting APD Officer Not Indicted in October Shooting http://kut.org/post/apd-officer-not-indicted-october-shooting <p>A Travis County Grand Jury voted not to indict an Austin police officer in connection with the fatal shooting of a teen in South Austin last fall.</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:32:53 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 847 at http://kut.org APD Officer Not Indicted in October Shooting