Lawyer bills for UT regent investigation top $200K

DALLAS (AP) - The investigation of possible impeachment of an embattled University of Texas regent has now cost the state $200,000 and rising.

The Dallas Morning News reports ( that high profile Houston attorney Rusty Hardin has submitted his latest and largest bill of $163,000 for legal aid. That pushed total costs above $200,000 just through October.

Hardin was retained by a special House committee investigating Regent Wallace Hall. He's accused of misusing his office in an attempt to oust Austin campus president Bill Powers.

Hardin's team billed for hundreds of hours spent poring over documents and interviewing witnesses.

Five associates and Hardin also spent $500 at an upscale Austin restaurant with two people labeled "witness" and "Chief of Staff." Most witnesses' names, and those of others on the bill, are blacked


Information from: The Dallas Morning News,

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