Legal Ethics

New Claim: Justice Hecht Fee Discount

A new ethics complaint has been made about Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht.

He allegedly was given a discount on the legal fees he paid in a successful defense of an earlier ethics complaint, and a Travis County prosecutor is investigating this new complaint, reports the KWTX television station.

Law firms and attorneys donated $447,000 to help pay Hecht’s defense fees in the earlier case, which concerned his support of Harriet Miers’ short-lived effort to win an appointment from President George W. Bush to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. The Texas Ethics Commission says such fund-raising by a judge to pay legal fees is appropriate, as discussed in an earlier post.

However, an ethics watchdog now contends that Hecht received a $100,000 discount on his legal fees, paying only about $330,000, reports the Associated Press.

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