In an update to the Dawnna Dukes story, her case is headed to a grand jury:
Travis County prosecutors and Texas Rangers will present evidence to a grand jury that state Rep. Dawnna Dukes abused the power of her office, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore told the American-Statesman.
Among possible charges: abuse of official capacity and tampering with public records, Moore said.
Dukes was sworn into office for a 12th term Tuesday after reneging on a plan to step down before the Legislature convened.
Moore said that the grand jury proceedings will begin next Tuesday.
Shortly after the Texas Rangers presented their case against Dukes to Travis County prosecutors in September, the Austin Democrat announced she would step down when her term expired, citing medical issues related to a 2013 car crash had made it impossible for her to serve.
Days ago, however, Dukes changed her mind. She was sworn in to a 12th term on Tuesday with the rest of her House colleagues.
The Travis County DA doesn’t have a great reputation (see also: Rosemary Lehmberg and Ronnie Earl), but the Rangers are in a different league entirely.