Butler County Times Gazette
  • Judge says no conflict of interest in theft case

  • A district judge has ruled that service as a member of a county historical society board does not disqualify Ellis County prosecutor Tom Drees or his office from handling a case involving the organization.
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  • A district judge has ruled that service as a member of a county historical society board does not disqualify Ellis County prosecutor Tom Drees or his office from handling a case involving the organization.
    The Hays Daily News (http://bit.ly/Zv5Mwb) reports Connie Douglas is accused of using the Ellis County Historical Society's PayPal account to make nearly $3,000 in unauthorized purchases. Her attorney asked Judge Glenn Braun to disqualify the prosecutor's office from handling the case because of Drees' long involvement as a member of its board.
    Braun ruled Friday that there's no evidence indicating Drees is handling the woman's felony theft count any differently than he deals with similar cases, so there's no conflict of interest that would require a different prosecutor.
    An assistant county attorney is prosecuting the case.
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