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December 31, 2012

New trial sought in West Tawakoni council case

Attorneys for a West Tawakoni City Council member, ordered off of the panel in October, are seeking a new trial in the case.

A motion was filed with the 196th District Court December 21, asking for a new trial and to render the judgment filed against Carol Solomon as moot.

A hearing has been scheduled on the motion for January 15.

Solomon was unopposed on the November 6 ballot in seeking the Place 4 seat on the council, but was ordered removed from the council  after being found guilty of official misconduct following a civil trial.

Solomon’s attorney had previously filed an emergency motion, arguing his client should not have been immediately removed from the council, as she was never charged with a crime.

Attorney Timothy Brightman had asked the court’s judgment be reformed, to require Solomon’s removal only after the civil judgment be declared final and enforceable.

That motion was presented to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas, which had yet to rule as of Friday.

On October 19, 196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle ordered Solomon removed from her position after she was found to have engaged in official misconduct.

 A jury found from a preponderance of the evidence that Solomon as a public servant accepted or agreed to accept a benefit from a person she knew to be subject to her regulation, inspection or investigation.

The jury’s verdict came too late to remove Solomon’s name from the November ballot.

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