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Texas speaker lawyers up

[Texas] House Speaker Tom Craddick has hired a defense attorney and agreed to turn over to the Travis County district attorney's office documents related to his quest for the speakership and fund-raising efforts.

The move came two days after Craddick said he would not make the documents public. Prominent criminal defense attorney Roy Minton said Thursday he had been hired by Craddick, R-Midland.

"There was a summons issued for him to come up with the pledge cards he received and other documents and he will cooperate completely and comply with the district attorney's office," Minton said.

Gregg Cox of the prosecutor's public integrity unit said his office is investigating alleged violations of state law regarding ethics issues of House speaker candidates. -- House speaker hires defense attorney, turns over documents (AP)