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10/21/02

Lubbock Co. Commissioners to Fight Statewide Lawsuit

Lubbock County Commissioners voted Monday to fight a lawsuit that alleges Lubbock County violated the Texas Constitution.

According to the lawsuit, in 1991 the Texas Legislature allowed Lubbock County, the 63 other counties, and Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander to charge an additional court cost to people who were convicted in a county court at law. The money is used to make county judges salaries on a more even level with district judges salaries. But not all counties charge the fee, and the lawsuit alleges that is unconstitutional because it says counties are supposed to charge equal court costs.

Assistant District Attorney, John Grace, who represents Lubbock County, says the fee is constitutional and is allowed by the Texas Legislature. Grace says Lubbock County will defend itself against all of the allegations.

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