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After ex-prosecutor’s claims, auditor’s offices scrutinize Dallas County DA’s office

A former high-ranking prosecutor has taken allegations of financial misconduct within the Dallas County district attorney’s office to at least two investigating agencies.

Cindy Stormer, who oversaw the budget at the district attorney’s office until she was fired last week, said she has reported her concerns about misuse of public funds to the state and local auditor’s offices.

A spokesperson for the Texas State Auditor’s Office confirmed Wednesday that the agency had received a complaint about possible fraud and had requested more information from the Dallas County treasurer’s and auditor’s offices.

Meanwhile, Dallas County Auditor Darryl Thomas said by email Wednesday that his office received a written complaint and was “evaluating the concerns.”

Read more: http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/after-ex-prosecutors-claims-auditors-offices-scrutinize-dallas-county-das-office.html/

Earlier threads:
Friends, colleagues say Dallas County DA Susan Hawk spent time in drug rehab March 27. 2015
Dallas County DA absent for three weeks; addiction rumors start swirling August 23, 2015
Dallas Democrats: DA Susan Hawk ‘needs to do her job or resign’ August 24, 2015
Dallas County DA Susan Hawk takes leave to battle depression August 25, 2015
Dallas County DA Susan Hawk is at Texas facility for depression treatment August 26, 2015
Dallas County DA Hawk battled paranoia, had ‘break with reality,’ friend says August 27, 2015
Update: Dallas DA may remain out of office longer than announced September 15, 2015
Dallas County DA Susan Hawk fends off allegations of financial misconduct September 20, 2015
Fired Dallas prosecutor levels more accusations about Dallas County DA Hawk’s behavior September 22, 2015

Texas taxpayers pay to spin vets in chair - Experts say $2.2 million paid for shoddy PTSD research



The gyrating chair, cocooned inside a gleaming oval capsule, looks like an astronaut’s training device.

Patients spin upside down and sideways after they buckle in. White-coated healers sitting at a computer control the angle and speed.

Aging Dallas Cowboys like Tony Dorsett and Randy White, their brains and bodies battered, said it made them feel better. A retired general said it improved his vision. And a Texas governor with presidential aspirations wanted to use it to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries in war heroes.

So the state of Texas said yes, sure, and poured 2 million taxpayer dollars into a study to see whether a spinning chair — described as an “Off Vertical Axis Rotational Device” — could help.

Experts say there was no medical reason to think that spinning traumatized combat veterans upside down could help them — and every reason to think it wouldn’t. Most of the researchers in the study were chiropractors, not medical doctors. They didn’t work at an established research lab, but at the Carrick Brain Centers, a chiropractic clinic in Irving that opened its doors about six months before the state funding began.

Read more: http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2015/carrick/

[font color=330099]In the exclusive article it also detailed Rick Perry's involvement with the clinic.[/font]

Capitol’s historic fence may take months to restore after car crash



The vehicle which crashed through the Texas Capitol fence early Wednesday morning caused significant damage to a section of the historic fence, the driveway, and the Capitol grounds, State Preservation Board officials said.

The full extent of the damage and the cost of the repairs is still being tallied, the board said. The historic fence may take months to restore. In the meantime, protective barricades have been placed at the damaged section.

-snip-

Marcus Reynosa, 26, is the driver who was arrested after speeding away from officers twice through Austin, crashing through a gate and into a tree on the east side of the Texas Capitol, and fleeing on foot before he was finally caught, the Department of Public Safety said.

Reynosa faces charges of evading police in a vehicle, DWI, and failure to stop and render aid, DPS said. He was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. A woman who was in the vehicle with him was also taken to the hospital and has not been charged.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/man-crashes-into-capitol-fence-flees/nnmFQ/

Travis County GOP deletes tweet calling Islam a ‘satanic cult of murder’



The Travis County Republican Party on Tuesday removed a post from its Twitter account that said, “ISLAM IS A SATANIC CULT OF MURDER NOT A ‘RELIGION’ ” and linked to an anti-Muslim article on ConservativeDailyNews.com.

Andy Hogue, the party’s communications director, then posted on his own account that he deleted the tweet but did not post it.

“It’s rare for me to remove a post, but this did not reflect our platform. Several grassroots contributors on acct,” tweeted Hogue, who has previously worked for the Texas General Land Office and the Workforce Commission, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The deleted tweet wasn’t the only post about Islam on the Travis GOP’s account, which has also recently posted, “Awkward Truth About Obama-Muslim Rumors: ‘It All Started With’ Hillary Clinton” and “America Must Listen to Nations Experienced with Muslim ‘Refugees’ ” with links to articles from conservative commentators.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/travis-gop-deletes-tweet-calling-islam-a-satanic-c/nnmLw/

Justin Hayward - Forever Autumn

It seems like a perfect day to post this since it is the Autumn Equinox. The shirt is groovy too.

Democratic state Rep John Bel Edwards promotes life story to voters in race for governor

John Bel Edwards is a West Point graduate in the political fight of his life — a Democrat trying to defy the odds and become Louisiana’s next governor.

And one way to do so, friends and backers say, is to present his life story to the public so that his string of successes propels him over his better-financed Republican rivals in an increasingly GOP state.

“I think he has a reputation and a message and a biography that makes him a pretty impressive candidate,” said Brad Stevens, Edwards’ nephew and law partner.

Edwards, 49, grew up in Amite, which is the parish seat of Tangipahoa Parish.

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/13444597-123/democratic-state-rep-john-bel

Waco anti-abortion movement gains support after videos


Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte
Pro-Life Waco demonstrators held a “dawn to dusk” rally Tuesday on the Interstate 35 pedestrian bridge at South Eighth Street.


WACO -- Pro-Life Waco volunteers held their longest demonstration to date on the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35 near downtown Tuesday, taking advantage of what organizers say is a growth of support after the release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the costs of donating fetal tissue for medical research.

The anti-abortion group had banners up on the bridge by 7 a.m. calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and an end to all abortions, and it planned to keep the “dawn-to-dusk” demonstration going until 7 p.m.

Even in Waco, where there is no shortage of support for their cause, the videos have given local demonstrations a boost, Pro-Life Waco director John Pisciotta said.

The Center for Medical Progress created the videos and released them this summer.

Read more: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/politics/waco-anti-abortion-movement-gains-support-after-videos/article_a254de7b-d345-56c3-9b65-5e0969c63e2d.html

Follow-up: 'Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins' sign coming down



After months of protests and controversy, the "Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins" sign is coming down.

In a Monday night closed-door meeting, city council members voted to take down the sign, News-Journal news partner KETK reports.

In June, the Freedom from Religion Foundation asked the city to remove the sign because they claimed it violated separation of church and state.

Mayor Will Rogers said the city voted to hire a private contractor to remove it, so they would not face litigation by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Read more: http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/sep/22/jesus-welcomes-you-hawkins-sign-coming-down/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Earlier threads:
Group objects to Hawkins sign offering welcome from Jesus (Texas Group) June 12
Group objects to Hawkins sign offering welcome from Jesus (Religion Group) June 12

Follow-up: 'Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins' sign coming down



After months of protests and controversy, the "Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins" sign is coming down.

In a Monday night closed-door meeting, city council members voted to take down the sign, News-Journal news partner KETK reports.

In June, the Freedom from Religion Foundation asked the city to remove the sign because they claimed it violated separation of church and state.

Mayor Will Rogers said the city voted to hire a private contractor to remove it, so they would not face litigation by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Read more: http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/sep/22/jesus-welcomes-you-hawkins-sign-coming-down/

Cross-posted in the Religion Group.

Earlier threads:
Group objects to Hawkins sign offering welcome from Jesus (Texas Group) June 12
Group objects to Hawkins sign offering welcome from Jesus (Religion Group) June 12

Follow-up: Travis County Can't Stop Privately Funded Prosecutions

AUSTIN -- Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt blasted the funding deal that allows a giant insurance company to pay for criminal prosecutions of its fraud cases, but said Tuesday that the Commissioners Court is powerless to stop it.

“I think that arrangement is highly suspect and a complete derogation of the duties of the state to ensure that our workers' compensation system is fair,” said Eckhardt, a Democrat. “That is the law, however, and I think this Commissioners Court should continue to pursue a better system from our state.”

Eckhardt and the commissioners met in executive session Tuesday to discuss the contract between privately-held Texas Mutual Insurance and the office of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, an arrangement revealed by The Texas Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman after a six-month investigation. After emerging from behind closed doors, the Commissioners Court took no action, which puts the ball back in Lehmberg’s court.

Lehmberg, a Democrat, remained tight-lipped, saying only, “we have a lot of work to do.” But Eckhardt said Lehmberg and Assistant District Attorney Gregg Cox, who oversees the privately-funded unit, “are keenly interested in negotiating in a much higher degree of transparency than is currently in there.”

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/09/22/travis-county-cant-stop-privately-funded-prosecuti/

Earlier threads:
Justice for hire? Giant insurer pays government lawyers to pursue fraud charges
Follow-up: Officials Want Review of Privately Funded Prosecutions
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