Like any other defendant, the state's chief legal and law-enforcement officer deserves the presumption of innocence. At the same time, the people of Texas deserve an agency head who can focus full-time on his duties. It's hard to see how an elected official fighting to avoid a long-term lease on a cell in Huntsville can run a major state agency responsible for representing the state of Texas in court, pursuing child-support payments and, yes, prosecuting white-collar crime of the sort he himself may have committed. It's also hard to see how his staff can enjoy going to work every morning when their boss is accused of violating the very laws they have sworn to uphold.
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