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Barratry in Brownsville, Texas

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susan_harr6 years ago

A Brownsville police officer and his brother-in-law, an employee at a chiropractor’s office, have been charged with barratry for an alleged scheme involving car accident victims on March 9, 2009, and March 11, 2009.

According to allegations, the police officer would refer accident victims to the chiropractor’s office; an employee there (his brother-in-law) would then pay the officer money for the referral. This practice is commonly referred to as “case running,” a form of barratry which constitutes a felony in the state of Texas. The officer is facing four counts of barratry; his brother-in-law is facing two counts.

The Barratry Law

Texas Penal Code §38.12(d):

“A person commits an offense if the person: is an attorney, chiropractor, physician, surgeon, or private investigator . . . and with the intent to obtain professional employment for the person or for another, provides or knowingly permits to be provided to an individual who has not sought the person’s employment, legal representation, advice, or care a written communication or a solicitation, including a solicitation in person or by telephone.”

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