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Politics
3:09 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Special Prosecutor To Investigate Perry Veto

Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 12:16 pm

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.

The complaint stems from an allegation that Perry said he would veto millions in funding for the office if Democratic D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg did not step down.  Lehmberg was arrested for drunken-driving in April but did not quit her job.

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Texas
6:38 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Travis County Looks at Funding Options for Public Integrity Unit

After the governor's announcement to de-fund the Public Integrity Unit in Travis County — an investigative unit with cases across the state. County Commissioners discussed future funding options at their meeting today.
Image by Matt Largey for KUT News

The future of the Public Integrity Unit - 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. 

Today, the Travis County Commissioners Court  looked at some alternatives to fund the office, which could shutter its doors on Sept. 30 and leave 31 employees jobless. 

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Agenda Texas
5:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Is There a Future for Texas' Political Corruption Investigation Unit?

Governor Perry vetoed Public Integrity Unity money on Friday.
Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry has eliminated funding to the only office in the state that investigates and prosecutes political corruption cases.

It started with a mistake that landed Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in jail for drunk driving.

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Travis County
10:41 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Perry to Veto Integrity Funds Unless Lehmberg Resigns

Gov. Rick Perry 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. 

The Austin American-Statesman 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.

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Austin
6:12 am
Tue May 14, 2013

DA Lehmberg Seeking Treatment Following DWI Jail Release

Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.
Austin Criminal Law Journal

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she is attending treatment for a brief time to “deal with the behavior” that led to her drunk driving arrest.

Lehmberg served half of a 45-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a DWI charge last month.

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Austin
5:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

DA Lehmberg Released from Jail This Morning (Update)

Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.
Travis County Sheriff's Office

Update: 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.

An email from her campaign says she'll seek "professional treatment" in an effort to better understand her behavior. Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.

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Austin
5:19 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Another DWI Case: DPS Official Held

Austin is seeing a run of high-profile drunken-driving arrests.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Austin has had another high-profile DWI arrest.

Texas Department of Public Safety official Richard Hooks was arrested early this morning and booked into the Travis County Jail.

Hooks is the Capital-area regional coordinator for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is serving a 45-day sentence after pleading guilty to a DWI charge last month.

In March, state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez was arrested for DWI after a collision.

Austin
7:24 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving

Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.
Travis County Sheriff's Office

District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg released a public apology on her website over the weekend.

She offers her "deepest regret and most sincere apology" for the April 12 drunk driving incident which led to her arrest and subsequent guilty plea. Lehmberg announced on her Facebook page that she had posted the letter, calling it the "only form of communication available to [her] at this time."

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Politics
5:19 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

State Lawmaker Wants Travis County DA to Resign

The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

A state lawmaker is calling for the resignation of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who’s serving a 45-day sentence in the county jail after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

State Representative Phil King, 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.

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Austin
7:22 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Group Supports Keeping DA Rosemary Lehmberg in Office

The Travis County district attorney is under pressure to quit after pleading guilty to DWI.
Texas Tribune

There’s a show of support this afternoon for Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who’s in the county jail after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

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.

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Austin
11:03 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Travis County DA Lehmberg Pleads Guilty, Gets 45 Jail Days

Travis County Sheriff's Office

David Sheppard is Rosemary Lehmberg's attorney.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleaded guilty this morning to a Class A misdemeanor for drunk driving.

She was arrested last Friday night after she was reportedly driving erratically. Travis County Sheriff’s officers say they found an open bottle of vodka in her car.

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Austin
12:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Report: Suit Seeks to Sink Travis Co. DA Over 'Intoxication'

The booking photo for Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg.
Travis County Sheriff's Office

An Austin citizen has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office, arguing that her recent DWI arrest provides grounds for removal.

The Austin Chronicle reports that the lawsuit, brought by local attorney Kerry O'Brien, seeks to have Lehmberg temporarily removed from office until a verdict is reached in her DWI arrest. That verdict should come easily, as Lehmberg has penned a letter pleading guilty “without any request for leniency or consideration of any type.”

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Austin
11:21 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Travis County DA Arrested for Drunk Driving (Update)

The booking photo for Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg.
Travis County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she will plead guilty to a DWI charge and will accept whatever punishment is handed down.

Lehmberg sent the following letter to County Attorney David Escamilla over the weekend:

To: Mr. David  Escamilla and the Judge of any Court of Jurisdiction

From: Rosemary Lehmberg

Date: April 14, 2013 

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.

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Politics
1:45 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ethics Commission Backs Off Investigative Power Plan

Texas Capitol's dome.
Muliadi Soenaryo via Texas Tribune

The Texas Ethics Commission 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.

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Austin
3:38 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Grand Jury No-Bills Wagner; Acevedo Says Carter, Teen at Fault in Shooting

A bullet hole in the car in which Byron Carter, Jr. was found dead after being shot by APD Officer Nathan Wagner on May 30, 2011.
Photo courtesy Travis Co. District Attorney's office

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.

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’s age, the individual has not been identified.)

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.

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Austin Police
3:32 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

APD Officer Not Indicted in October Shooting

An Austin Police Officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in connection with an October shooting
Image by KUT News

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.

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