Lawyer bills for UT regent investigation top $400K

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 2:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 2:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) — The investigation of an embattled University of Texas System regent cost the state $400,000 in legal bills in 2013.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/LT5SrA) the totals come from records filed with the Texas Legislative Council.

Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin and his team billed just over $200,000 for work from August through October 2013 for the House committee investigating regent Wallace Hall. They spent $500 at an upscale Austin restaurant with two people labeled "witness" and "Chief of Staff" and stayed two nights at an Austin hotel for about $800 per person.

The UT System's legal team, led by Philip Hilder, billed almost $200,000 from September through November 2013.

Hall is accused of misusing his office in an attempt to oust UT Austin President Bill Powers.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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