Questionable Collin County Indictments Get New Life
Collin County prosecutor Chris Milner has had some mixed results. However, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently breathed new life into Mr. Milner's case against Dallas Attorney Jim Vasilas.
As far as the Court of Criminal Appeals is concerned, a lawyer that makes a mistake in a civil Petition he filed can be charged with Felony Tampering With a Governmental Record. After both a Collin County District Judge and the Dallas Court of Appeals logically reasoned that a Petition generated by and filed by a lawyer could not be a "governmental record", the high court somehow found that it could be part of the definition set by the legislature. Unless the Dallas Court of Appeals rules that the Rule 11 provisions of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure is in pari materia to this type of obtuse allegation, the Court of Crimial Appeals cleared the way to prosecuting all civil and criminal lawyers for making mistakes in their Petitions or other records typically filed by lawyers in Texas.