- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Travis County prosecutor who was fired after making racial comments to a jury could receive $270,000 to settle his wrongful termination lawsuit.

The Austin American-Statesman (https://bit.ly/1vbueMv ) reports Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved allocating the funds for Steve Brand, pending a final settlement. The money would come from the risk management fund.

The assistant district attorney lost his job last June. Brand’s dismissal came a month after his comments dismissing a prospective juror who was a member of the NAACP, comparing the juror’s membership to white supremacy.

District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has said the comments were racially insensitive.

The tentative $270,000 settlement could be finalized in early 2015 for Brand, who won’t return to the district attorney’s office.

His attorney declined comment Tuesday.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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