AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court has determined state law and other rules do not allow the special prosecutors in Attorney General Ken Paxton's felony securities fraud case to collect their $300-an-hour rate.
The 5th Court of Appeals as part of a ruling Monday voided the prosecutors' $205,000 invoice that dates to early last year.
The court sided with commissioners in Collin County, northeast of Dallas, who filed a lawsuit claiming the prosecutors charged a rate that was too high.
The court said Texas law requires that counties set both minimum and maximum hourly rates.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Collin County has since changed its fee schedule.
Paxton prior to becoming attorney general was indicted for allegedly steering investors to a technology startup in 2011 without disclosing that he was being paid by the company.
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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com