Press release from the Clements Campaign regarding the Attorney General's Office, August 23, 1982
August 23, 1982 press release from the Clements Campaign regarding a case where the Attorney General's Office failed to appear in court for a case, resulting in a $66,000 default judgement against Texas A&M University.
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___ Governor )CLEMENTS Campaign Governor Clements Campaign 805 Brazos • - Austin, Texas 78701 512 472-1982 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 1982 AUSTIN--Jim Francis, Governor Bill Clements' campaign manager, Monday said Attorney General Mark White's continued incompetence in handling the state's legal work has resulted in a $66,600 default judgement against Texas A&M University because the attorney general's office failed to appear in court for the case. Francis released copies of the final judgement entered by State District Court Judge W. T. McDonald on August 9, 1982 in Brazos County awarding more than $45,000 in workers compensation and medical benefits and more than $11,000 in attorney's fees. The judgement shows the default was entered because the attorney general's office missed the trial even though the defendant was " . . .personally notified by the court." (See Attachment #I) "This latest fiasco continues Mark White's record of incompetent legal representation for the state of Texas," Francis said. "White's record as attorney general is an insult to the office and the legal profession." Francis noted that White's continued incompetence, neglect and poor performance in handling the state's legal work has earned him the nickname "Malpractice Mark" among many Texas attorneys. The record in the Texas A&M case also shows the trial judge ordered the state to pay an extra $258 reimbursement to Brazos County to cover jury costs because ". -. this cause was the only case set for trial in the 85th District Court for the week of August 9th." (See Attachment 'II) Francis said White's office has now asked that the judgement be set aside, basing the request in part on claims that the attorney general's office did not want to "initiate a series of long distance calls" to find out when the trial was scheduled. (See Attachment #III) ewsNewsNeWtNewsNewsNe Pot adv. paid by The Governor Clements Commrttee, Tom B Rhodes, Treas