Tarrant DA accused of conflict in criminal case

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 10:05 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A hearing will continue on a lawyer's allegations that the Tarrant County district attorney has a conflict of interest in his criminal case.

Mario Perez is accused of falsifying campaign finance reports in a school board race.

After a day of testimony Wednesday, the hearing is expected to resume Thursday morning.

Perez says the criminal case was built with confidential information provided to the office by District Attorney Joe Shannon's wife. She represented Perez's wife in their divorce case and had access to Perez's computers.

Perez says custody issues involving his children are not resolved while the criminal case continues. He says that benefits Shannon because his wife's income will increase while she remains an attorney in the case.

Perez says no law enforcement agencies investigated him.

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