Legislative report referred to district attorney

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A special legislative report that accuses University of Texas System regent Wallace Hall of possibly criminal misconduct has been forwarded to the Travis County District Attorney's Office.

The report commissioned by the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations focuses on Hall's efforts to oust Bill Powers from the presidency of the University of Texas at Austin. A cover letter shows the committee referred the report to the DA's Office and the Travis County Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.

The report says Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal laws, manipulated the committee's investigation and coerced witnesses. It also alleges Hall abused his powers by demanding from UT tens of thousands of pages of documents at a cost of more than $1 million.

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