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Lawyers in Paxton Prosecution say Their Fight for Fees is a Matter of 'Justice'

Andrea Zelinski

October 1, 2017

My San Antonio - A trio of attorneys tasked with building a case against Attorney General Ken Paxton haven't been paid in 18 months - and they persuaded the state's highest criminal court there could be a problem with that.

Should the court let the 5th Court of Appeals' decision stand, the three attorneys would not be paid for the last 18 months working on the Paxton case.

Asked for comment on this story, including whether the attorneys would work for free, Wice declined to comment.
The Collin County Commissioner's Court is also mulling whether to claw back some of the money it paid the special prosecutors late last year.

If that's the case, it won't be worth it for high-quality lawyers to take on appointments to complicated cases, said Quinton "Dwight" McDonald, an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University.

A high quality attorney shouldn't have to think about whether they will have to battle county commissioners or unhappy defense attorneys in separate lawsuits to ensure they're paid what they were promised, said McDonald who spent more than two decades practicing criminal law. That, in turn, could lead to fewer seasoned attorneys taking on appointments and weaken the judicial system.

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