Lawsuit filed to limit Paxton prosecutor’s payment
Jan 03, 2016 11:55 PM EST
Jeffory Blackard, a Dallas real estate developer and Republican activist, filed a lawsuit that seeks to limit the payment to the special prosecutors for their pre-trial work in the pending felony case against Attorney General Ken Paxton. It has been filed for allegedly threatening the outlay of public funds and budget that will unlawfully endow private attorneys at the total expense of tax payers in Collin County.
Jeffory Blackard has expressed his will to seek limitations regarding prosecutor's payment. According to WFAA 8 of the ABC Channel, the said lawsuit seeks a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to limit and even prohibit payments beyond what the said lawsuit requires to be legally acceptable.
The TRO-seeking lawsuit was filed on the same day when Attorney General Ken Paxton's legal team pushed through and filed papers in court. It contests special prosecutors are entitled to $1,000 only per case in accordance with the pre-trial arrangements and groundwork by the county rules.
Moreover, Jeffory Blackard has sent official letters to local officials regarding the case against Attorney General Ken Paxton, including its other concerns including the fees and how the special prosecutors might be paid. This can lead the attorneys to break some local rules during for the case being discussed and heard, Houston Chronicle shared.
Jeffory Blackard strongly argued that a promise of $300 per hour to the special prosecutors have been vented. And by this, according to the prominent real estate developer, it would constitute some illegal expenditure that might be coming from the taxpayers' fund as they would eclipse fees to pay attorneys to represent poor defendants, Texas Tribune cited.
Attorney General Ken Paxton is being accused of soliciting buyers in Servergy - a technology company of McKinney - for a money amounting to more than $100,000 worth of stock. It was noted that it was not cleared that he had not invested in the aforementioned company and received the said worth of stocks just by compensation. Hence, the lawsuit filed against him.