, D-Austin, saying Monday that a felony case against the state lawmaker should never have been brought.
are now serving in Iraq and are not due back to their home base in Germany until next May.
Travis County prosecutors were forced to put their felony case on hold last month after claiming another witness in the case had changed his story about the official paperwork that Dukes
was accused of having falsified.
There must be a better way to do this than by taking a sword to the Dukes
' attorney countered that prosecutors should have known that those accusations were irrelevant to Dukes
' corruption charges and didn't have "a chance on God's green earth" of being admitted into evidence by a judge.
When the Tribune asked Dukes
about the DA office's deal Tuesday morning, Dukes
said, "I'm not talking about that right now."
surprised legislators and her constituents in January when she decided not to resign from the post she has held since 1995.
Through a spokesman, Dukes
did not return repeated requests for comment.
Former staff members accused Dukes
of seeking reimbursement from the state for travel payments she was not entitled to.
A call asking for comment from Dukes
was not immediately returned on Friday to the Tribune.
In February, Dukes
asked DPS to investigate whether her employees improperly released personnel information to The Texas Tribune.
The Texas Tribune reported in February that the auditor's office was investigating Dukes
' use of state workers for her personal project, the African American Heritage Festival, a nonprofit event Dukes
has overseen for 17 years.
," DPS spokesman Tom Vinger wrote in an email to The Texas Tribune.
say they found their work a hectic balancing act, fitting in official state work with the Austin lawmaker's expanding list of personal errands - picking up her favorite blueberry pomegranate smoothie at McDonald's, taking her dogs to the vet and, often, babysitting Dukes
(https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/black-man-hospital-gown-iv-arrested-outside-illinois-hospital-disorderly-n1025191) Shaquille Dukes
, 24, had reportedly been admitted to Freeport Health Network Memorial Hospital for double pneumonia and also needed to receive treatment for asthma.