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Elizabeth Lynch

NEW! Improved PDF Disclosure Form for Non-UFOLIO Disclosers

The COI Program is delighted to release a new and improved PDF disclosure form for employees who are not yet part of the UFOLIO discloser population. Employees with access to disclose in UFOLIO may NOT use this form. Relevant updates include: Fillable PDF fields and electronic signatures, so…

Penitas mayor convicted of defrauding La Joya school district

McALLEN, Texas – The current mayor of Penitas has pleaded guilty to fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Rodrigo Lopez, 38, Penitas, admitted that in 2018 he aided and abetted the La Joya Independent School District (LJISD) athletic director in committing fraud against the district. Through his company Xizaka…

Texas power market overhaul embroiled in potential conflict of interest

In October, Colorado-based E3 Consulting offered a plan for how the Public Utility Commission should redesign Texas’ deregulated power market. It produced a 44-page proposal, paid for by energy giants NRG and Chicago-based Exelon. Now the PUC — saying it wants an impartial review of the proposals — has hired…

Sotomayor slams refusal to take up ineffective counsel case

WASHINGTON (CN) — Spurring a dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal from a Florida man who claims his criminal case was affected by a conflict of interest that arose from using the same attorney as his co-defendants who took plea deals.