Roger Clemens' lawyer hired by legislature's impeachment committee

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations hired a special counsel Friday -- Houston attorney Rusty Hardin.

This whole impeachment thing between the State Legislature and UT System Regent Wallace Hall just got a little more Interesting.

The House Committee looking into the possible impeachment of Hall has hired Rusty Hardin as its special counsel.

Hardin has famously served on both sides of notorious cases, defending Roger Clemens and Warren Moon, while also serving as a special prosecutor in the case against former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson in the wrongful prosecution of Michael Morton.

During the first summer special session of the legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, had allowed  the House Select Committee On Transparency in State Agency Operations to look into possible impeachment of gubernatorial appointees.

So far the Committee has been conducting research into the impeachment process in Texas, which has never been used concerning a University system regent.

State Rep Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie filed a complaint against Hall for his heavy-handed use of the freedom in information act in Hall's attempt to investigate University of Texas President William Powers.

If the committee decides that articles of impeachment are warranted, Hardin will be assigned to draft them and present them to the full house. If a majority of house members decide that the impeachment process should go forward, the Senate will convene as a court of impeachment.

So much for the hope of new UT System Regent Chair Paul Foster of "moving past the controversy" anytime soon.

Politics -- a sport that never goes out of season in Texas.


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