Nacogdoches, TX — County Attorney John Fleming and the Texas Ranger investigating Expo Manager Bill Plunkett have asked Court-at-Law Judge Jack Sinz to appoint a special prosecutor to review the findings of the investigation, "whatever they may be," Fleming said.
"Whether they (the findings) refute the allegations or validate them, we think a special prosecutor should be the one reviewing the initial findings," Fleming said.
When asked at the time of Plunkett's suspension on Aug. 3 to explain the "allegations," Fleming said, "not at this time, and that's to protect all parties involved."
Fleming would not reveal the identity of the Texas Ranger conducting the investigation, leaving that disclosure up to the special prosecutor.
Fleming said the action of asking for a special prosecutor "does not in any way speak to whether or not allegations have been confirmed or refuted."
" ... very much like the decision to contact the Texas Rangers does not validate or refute allegations, either," he said. "That's important to note. We sometimes tend to think because a special prosecutor has been appointed that there must be some wrongdoing.
"In this particular case, that's not the circumstance," he said.
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