Wallace Hall case to go before grand jury

FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, Regent Wallace Hall, of Dallas, takes part in a University of Texas Regents meeting in Austin, Texas. Hall, who is facing a rare threat of impeachment won't testify as expected this week to a House committee investigating his actions, lawmakers said Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Travis County district attorney’s office is investigating University of Texas regent Wallace Hall and will put the case before a grand jury, Hall confirmed during a conversation with the Texas Tribune Thursday.

Hall, who was censured by a legislative panel for his alleged wrongdoing while investigating systems at the University of Texas.

He told the Texas Tribune he was “comfortable” with the investigation and the idea that a grand jury would be hearing evidence against him as part of the Texas Tribune’s conversation series.

“If the transparency committee truly thought I had violated the law, don’t you think they should have brought articles of impeachment against me?” Hall said during the conversation.

A grand jury case would be separate from the legislative panel’s investigation. The legislature could remove him from office while a grand jury could bring criminal charges against him.

Assistant District Attorney Gregg Cox, who heads up the Public Integrity Unit, tells KXAN that a grand jury hasn’t been scheduled yet to hear the case. Additionally, he says, it will be a regularly impaneled grand jury as opposed to the special grand jury which indicted Gov. Rick Perry.

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