Travis commissioner accused of deleting requested texts, emails

By Farzad Mashhood and Ben Wear
Austin American-Statesman
Originally published March 17, 2014

An environmental group filed a criminal complaint Monday alleging Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty unlawfully deleted text messages and emails that concerned county business, including some communications about the controversial Texas 45 Southwest tollway project.

The Save Our Springs Alliance asked Travis County Attorney David Escamilla to investigate the matter as a possible violation of open records laws. The group will also ask commissioners on Tuesday to delay action on an agreement that would commit Travis County to provide $15 million toward construction of the 3.6-mile road.

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