District Judge Sheds Light on Brown County Attorney InvestigationPress Release
BROWNWOOD, TX - District Judge Steve Ellis addressed the criminal investigation of Brown County Attorney Shane Britton and his request for the termination of former Brown County Auditor Nina Cox at a luncheon held by the Brown County Republican Women’s Club on Friday, according to a local news source in the area.
"I know that the federal authorities are investigating the county attorney," Ellis said. "I do know there are issues with that.”
Apparently, the corruption investigation and the county auditors office’s poor performance in managing Britton’s funds are related.
"Some of the auditor's issues, with why I asked for her termination, was related to that (county attorney corruption investigation)," Ellis noted.
During his speech, Judge Ellis asked that the media remain unbiased and allow the justice system to do its job.
"You don't want to have a trial in the media of a case. And you don't want to have things that will negatively influence a jury before they even come in," Ellis said.
In an interview with KTXS on Friday, he voiced his support regarding the decision of County Auditor Jennifer Robison to seek Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's evaluation of the donation program Britton was running from his office from 2007-2015. Paxton determined that Britton's Brown County Attorney Donation Fund was not operating within the law.
“I was glad to see the attorney general's opinion, and I wasn't surprised by that opinion," Ellis said.
For more information, read our previous story here.