Dawnna Dukes is facing misdemeanor corruption charges for allegedly giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for driving her daughter to and from school.
The Travis County district attorney's office claims that Dukes paid for the psychic using her own money from December 2014 to January 2016, totaling almost $1,000 a week.
She showed up late to a House appropriations committee hearing on March 29 and at one point said: 'I know I'm talking a lot. However, on Tuesday the prosecution filed a motion of continuance for the 13 felony counts against her, which allege she made false entries on State of Texas travel vouchers that said she traveled to the Capitol outside of the legislative session, allowing her to collect a total of $799.50 in per diem payments. "I'm full of morphine and will be headed out of here soon". Dukes' attorney, Dane Ball, signed an affidavit saying two of the three members told him that Moore tried to pressure them into saying that Adrian had coerced them into signing the declarations.
The psychic and impairment allegations are listed in court documents as "extraneous acts" that aren't charges but could be used in the case against Dukes.
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She's also accused of giving investigators a different cellphone from the one they were seeking when they served her with a search warrant. Attorney Shaun Clarke also called the charges publicized by Moore's office Wednesday about Dukes' personal spending and irregular attendance at the Texas Legislature a "smear job".
The prosecutors' court filing is meant to inform Dukes' attorneys of allegations against her that will be asserted at trial.
But Travis County prosecutors put their felony case on hold earlier this month after a key witness's story changed about the official paperwork that Dukes was accused of having falsified. The charges hinged on travel reimbursements that Dukes collected from the state. Clarke accused prosecutors of publishing the information exclusively to prejudice a jury against Dukes. But she reneged in January and was sworn in for her 12th term.
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