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Texas Matters: Get Out Of Jail For A Price In Brown County

Federal and state officials are investigating Brown County’s County Attorney Shane Britton. There are questions about Britton’s practice of accepting donations from suspects in misdemeanor criminal cases to pay their way out of being prosecuted.

The suspicion is the donations may actually be bribes and the practice is straight up corruption. And those arrested on minor drug charges, DWIs and more would have their cases dismissed if they paid up – and that money was not accounted for.

Patrick Michels wrote about the investigation for the Texas Observer.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi