There is a DA dilemma in Dallas County. District Attorney Craig Watkins is accused of prosecutorial misconduct and on Thursday he refused to answer a subpoena and appear in court to testify.
Judge Lana Levario wants Watkins to appear in the hearing to testify about his actions in a mortgage fraud indictment against Albert Hill, III. Hill is a member of the Hunt Oil family.
"Him violating a court order to come down to the court, that's a serious concern, that's a different matter," said Levario.
The summons to court is also a serious concern to attorneys representing Hill who allege prosecutorial misconduct. They argue attorney Lisa Blue represented Hill in a civil matter against his father and sued him for attorneys' fees. Hill's attorneys also believe Watkins contacted Blue and asked if she would be interested in an indictment against Al Hill and his wife.
"There was a fundraiser held by Miss Blue for him in a non-election year, she raised money and gave money personally to him and then they repeatedly called each other on the eve of the indictment that she so wanted right before she had a civil proceeding with $50 million at stake," said Hill's attorney, John Hueston.
Before the hearing began, Blue's attorney, former federal prosecutor and FBI agent Terry Starks told the court there was an FBI investigation into this matter and his client would not testify.
Assistant DA Russell Wilson argued Watkins had executive privilege and didn't have to testify.
"We think it's an important case for prosecutors throughout the state to be able to conduct their investigations in an unfettered way," said Wilson.
After a lengthy delay, Assistant DA Teresa Guerra Snelson told the court Watkins was in his office but could not appear because he was sick.
"He was not well yesterday, he is not well today, he is ill. He is here because of the subpoena that was issued for him.
The hearing has been reset for March 7.
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