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12:29 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Judge Acquits DA Of Contempt

A judge has acquitted the Dallas County district attorney of contempt of court in a case that began when the DA declined to testify at a court hearing.

State District Judge Bob Brotherton ruled Friday in favor of Craig Watkins, who was facing a $500 fine.

The case for which Watkins was held in contempt also has attracted the attention of the FBI, which has asked for access to files.

Watkins refused in March to answer allegations that his office prosecuted an heir to an oil fortune as a favor to a friend and campaign donor. State District Judge Lena Levario held him in contempt and threw out the mortgage fraud cases against the heir, Al Hill III.

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