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Special Prosecutor Named to Probe Perry's PIU Motives
Attorney Michael McCrum has worked both sides of the legal arena in white-collar crime cases
"...Many Republicans dislike having the PIU in pro-Democrat Travis County. However, the proposed option –..."

Aug. 23, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Prosecutor Times Four
The four D.A. candidates have their critics
"...evidence to support the argument: Montford worked in the PIU on the case against DeLay and says she favored..."

Feb. 8, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Commissioners Vote to Fund D.A.'s Public Integrity Unit
State funds for PIU previously vetoed by Perry
"...collar fraud and public corruption cases handled by a PIU that will operate with fewer employees in fiscal year..."

Aug. 6, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Perry's Aggressive Defense
Perry stands behind his veto
"...but about the agency whose funding he cut. The PIU is charged with investigating criminal complaints against elected officials,..."

Aug. 22, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Prosecutor Times Four
Part 1: Meet the candidates for Travis County district attorney
"...trial division; and Rick Reed, currently assigned to the PIU. All four are Democrats; with no Republican having filed,..."

Feb. 1, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Lege Lines: The 84th Session Begins
News from the first weeks of the 84th legislative session
"...some Republicans will yet again try to move the PIU out of the independent Travis County District Attorney's office...."

Jan. 23, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Perry Calls Indictments 'Farce'
At least Bobby Jindal has his back
"...quit, she refused; Perry vetoed the funding for the PIU, the state entity based in Lehmberg's office and responsible..."

Aug. 16, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Picking Up the TAB
The Travis Co. DA and the courts consider Texas Association of Business money spent during the fall campaign.
"...His detractors are convinced that the prosecutor uses the PIU to wage partisan battles. (That charge rang anew last..."

March 28, 2003 News Feature by Amy Smith

Perry Indicted
Governor faces two felony charges alleging abuse of office
"...Last summer, attorney Michael McCrum was appointed as special..."

Aug. 15, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

UT Regents Fight Heats Up as Board Reshuffles
Investigation into Wallace Hall continues
"...Integrity Unit (see "Special Prosecutor Named to Probe Perry's PIU Motives," Aug. 23), Hardin is a politically interesting pick...."

Aug. 30, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lehmberg Visits Commissioners Court
D.A. and staff discuss possible responses to Perry's PIU veto
"...declined to step down. Lehmberg summarized for commissioners the PIU's duties – which include prosecuting ethics violations and other..."

June 18, 2013 News Post by Michael King

What Happens Next?
As D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg serves her sentence, the county attorney takes on the civil lawsuit and the next steps
"...year, the Legislature should take action to defund the PIU and to remove it from the Travis County D.A.'s..."

May 3, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Jubilee Jewels
Modern chamber pieces by such composers as Leos Janácek, Joseph Jongen, Andre Jolivet, and Harald Genzmer received a good airing at Austin Chamber Music Festival's Jubilee Jewel concert..
"...was Mary Schani's turn to play a duet, the "Piu Mosso," with Little. The end of this second movement..."

July 13, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Finding a New D.A.
The Dem primary race turns from a default succession into a three-way wrestling match
"...but to Lehmberg's DWI case and fallout over the PIU, Moore said the D.A.'s Office is badly in need..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Lege Lines: Weak Oversight Rules, School Vouchers Pass Senate, and More...
Lege pushes weak oversight rules, school voucher bill sails through Senate, and more...
"...Republicans have wanted to relocate the PIU for years, and the DWI conviction of Travis County..."

April 24, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...have the 19 votes she needs to move the PIU away from the Travis Co. District Attorney, who currently..."

April 10, 2015 News Feature

Attorney General Avoids Day in Court
Securities investigation dropped in Travis, may go to Dallas
"...standard to be classified as taking place within the PIU's current jurisdiction. However, that does not mean that Paxton..."

Jan. 30, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...in May for violating the Texas Securities Act; the PIU will determine whether he should also be charged with..."

Oct. 3, 2014 News Feature

Perry's Third Felony?
Governor's war of words against jurors backfires with legal warning
"...circles for going after Tom DeLay and b: the PIU, under both Earle and Lehmberg, has gone after about..."

Aug. 22, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...vetoed $7.5 million in biennial state funding for the PIU, which has statewide jurisdiction in some fraud cases, after..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Feature

News Ticker: June 18
All the news that's fit to blog
"...bill seeking to re-fund the Public Integrity Unit. The PIU cuts also prompted a rare Rosemary Lehmberg public appearance...."

June 18, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

Charlie Baird and the Tobacco Lawyers
Reaud, Tigar denounce Baird D.A. campaign charges
"...[D.A.’s Public Integrity Unit] during a time when the PIU should have been investigating the Texas tobacco settlement? [emphasis..."

May 26, 2012 News Post by Michael King

Is Your Hair on Fire? It's Campaign Time.
The D.A. campaign gets hot – very hot
"...individuals who were not investigated when Lehmberg oversaw the PIU as First Assistant DA." (Baird declined to provide the..."

May 18, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Following Ronnie
The next D.A. must meet a high standard
"...Earle and the PIU have earned much-deserved credit for enforcing ethics laws over..."

April 4, 2008 News Column by Michael King

The Marriage of Figaro
Austin Lyric Opera offered something to delight everyone with its funny and excellent 'Marriage of Figaro'
"...and calculating, and his voice smooth, the anticipated "Non piu andrai" (you know this aria, even if you've never..."

May 6, 2005 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

TRMPAC Indictments Come Down, 'More Work' Remains
Ronnie Earle and the Travis Co. grand jury announce the initial results of the TRMPAC investigation
"...Texas Association of Business, the initial target of the PIU investigation. "These tactics accomplished nothing," said Earle, "except to..."

Oct. 1, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

TRMPAC Indictments Come Down, 'More Work' Remains
Ronnie Earle and the Travis Co. grand jury announce the initial results of the TRMPAC investigation
"...Texas Association of Business, the initial target of the PIU investigation. "These tactics accomplished nothing," said Earle, "except to..."

Sept. 24, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Firefighters Union Gets Burned
Members' insurance coverage in limbo after funds go missing
"...within the union sometime last month. Hitting the pavement, PIU Lt. Troy Gay and Sgt. Mark Spangler went to..."

Aug. 13, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Kill the Messenger!
In the Tomstown counterattack, the GOP spin doctors are pointing the finger in every direction
"...visitors to choose "the best argument" for moving the PIU to the AG – not among the options, curiously,..."

April 2, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Welcome to Tomstown
In the burgeoning Tomstown scandal, you can't tell the players or the plot without a program
"...called for cutting off the state's funding of the PIU, or transferring its authority to Attorney General Abbott's office...."

March 19, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

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