Criminal Complaints Filed Against Texas Tech Regents

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It is time to hold the Texas Tech regents accountable for the secrecy.

Dolcefino Consulting has filed a series of criminal complaints against six members of the Texas Tech Board of Regents for failing to comply with the Texas Public Information Act.

On February 19th of this year, we requested detailed phone records from each of the regents from any device they conducted university business on.

Not one of the regents has complied with our request, even after the Attorney General ruled government phone records are public.

That’s against the law.

The new criminal complaints are filed against Christopher Huckabee in Tarrant County, John Esparza in Travis County, J. Michael Lewis in Dallas County, John Steinmetz in Dallas County, Ronnie Hammonds in Harris County and John Walker in Harris County.

“We filed these complaints where these regents live,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Filing them in Lubbock County would have been a waste of time, since the local District Attorney there doesn’t even want to investigate the documented destruction of public records by the university.”

The refusal to comply with the Texas Public Information Act is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas.

Dolcefino Consulting made the public information requests as part of our investigation into the firing of former TTU Football Coach Mike Leach and the subsequent cover-up by the university that has now spanned almost a decade.

Texas Tech University cheated Coach Leach out of his contract for $2.4 million and never completed the investigation it promised outraged Red Raider fans it would. Ten years later the university still tries to hide public records.

“The actions by each of the Texas Tech regents show that secrecy in Lubbock goes all the way to the top,” says Dolcefino. “For a long time, we had hoped the Regents would be the adults in the room and end this saga, but they have failed to act. Apparently protecting the cover-up is more important than telling donors the truth.”

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