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Judge Who Cited Dallas DA For Contempt To Remain On Case

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The judge who cited the Dallas County district attorney for contempt of court will remain on the case — though not for very long.

Attorneys for Dallas County DA Craig Watkins wanted Judge Lena Levario removed from any further decision-making after holding him in contempt. But Regional Administrative Judge John Ovard on Monday denied that request.

Levario is now expected to file a new order holding Watkins in contempt and setting a possible penalty. Then, another judge will decide whether to find him guilty.

Levario cited Watkins for contempt after he refused to answer questions about his office’s prosecution of oil fortune heir Al Hill III for mortgage fraud. Watkins’ attorneys have consistently said Judge Levario’s decision was wrong, and that the District Attorney was within his right to refuse to answer questions.

If convicted Watkins could face jail time.

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