Collin County taxpayers to pay another $82,000 in legal fees related to Paxton case
Collin County taxpayers will pay more than $82,000 in the second round of legal bills related to — but separate from — the criminal prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
After more than an hour of discussion behind closed doors on Monday, county commissioners voted to pay three invoices related to work by two attorneys appointed to investigate a real estate deal and a third attorney representing the special prosecutors in two separate civil matters. The invoices are part of two court orders signed this month by Tarrant County District Judge George Gallagher, who is presiding over the criminal case.
Paxton has pleaded not guilty to three felony charges related to violations of securities law.
Collin County Judge Keith Self said the state law is clear that district judges have tremendous discretion in setting fees for appointed attorneys unless the amounts are “arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious.”