Week in Review: 02.10.2020

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Week in Review: 02.09.2020

Dallas school official sentenced; Houston Mayor failed to report bribe; Attorney General refuses to assist in clergy child abuse cases; Texas online voter registration under review.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Monday, February 10, 2020

Former Dallas charter school CEO gets seven-plus years in prison for kickback scheme – A federal judge sentenced former Dallas charter school CEO Donna Houston-Woods to seven years and three months in prison Thursday for accepting a kickback to steer a school technology contract to a friend, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Emails between Houston businessman and mayor’s staff raise bribery questions – Emails between Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s staff and local businessman Jason Yoo are raising questions of bribery, KPRC reported, and Turner’s statements to the TV station seem to contradict the digital trail.

People continue to ask Texas AG’s office to investigate clergy sexual abuse – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is being pressed by citizens to investigate clergy sexual abuse, although his office has said it cannot began an examination on its own, KXAN reported.

Judge wants solutions to online voter registration in Texas – U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ordered state officials and civil rights lawyers to meet with technology specialists in the next week to determine how long it will take Texas to comply with federal voter registration mandates, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

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