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Lawyer bills for UT regent investigation top $400K

Published On: Feb 12 2014 07:26:31 AM CST
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DALLAS (AP) -

The investigation of an embattled University of Texas System regent cost the state $400,000 in legal bills in 2013.

The Dallas Morning News reports the totals come from records filed with the Texas Legislative Council.

Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin and his team billed just over $200,000 for work from August through October 2013 for the House committee investigating regent Wallace Hall. They spent $500 at an upscale Austin restaurant with two people labeled "witness" and "Chief of Staff" and stayed two nights at an Austin hotel for about $800 per person.

The UT System's legal team, led by Philip Hilder, billed almost $200,000 from September through November 2013.

Hall is accused of misusing his office in an attempt to oust UT Austin President Bill Powers.