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Ex-Congressman Stockman Gets Court Appointed Attorney In Corruption Case

“I’ll see you on Friday,” Stockman told reporters as he left the courthouse in downtown Houston.

Ex-Congressman Steve Stockman (center) holds hands with his wife Patti as they enter the federal courthouse in downtown Houston Wednesday for his arraignment on felony charges.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman requested a court appointed attorney during a brief hearing in federal court on Wednesday. Stockman explained that he could no longer afford to pay for his private lawyers.

The judge granted the request–and his arraignment has been rescheduled to Friday.

His former attorneys declined to comment.

“I’ll see you on Friday,” Stockman told reporters as he left the courthouse in downtown Houston.

Stockman was arrested in March and charged with violating federal election law during his latter term in Congress. A grand jury subsequently indicted the former Republican congressman on 24 counts — including multiple counts of wire and mail fraud. The indictment alleges he solicited donations for charity, then used the money for campaign and personal expenses.

Stockman served two non-consecutive terms in Congress, representing Houston-area districts from 1995 to 1997 and 2013-2015. He also mounted an unsuccessful Republican primary challenge to U.S. Senator John Cornyn in 2014.

For more details on the case, see Andrew’s News 88-7 In-Depth story.

This story will be updated.

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Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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