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Lawsuit claims against firm prove false
by Joe Baker
Jul 18, 2013 | 1198 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This is a pdf file of a letter received by the Karnes Countywide newspaper in response to statements made by those quoted in this story.
download Law firm's request for published retraction of false and malicious statements
KARNES COUNTY – Claims of suits last week against a law firm representing Karnes County have turned out to be false.

“This story contained absolutely false and malicious information regarding the law firm of Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal, P.C. (DNRB),” said George E. Hyde, partner and shareholder with the firm that has offices in San Antonio, Austin and Harlingen in a letter sent to The Karnes Countywide. “Specifically, you republished a false and malicious oral statement reportedly made by Mr. Maurice Yarter. Based on your report, Mr. Yarter falsely stated our firm has been sued by the City of Live Oak, Bandera County and Medina County and falsely represents fictitious grounds for the suits, without regard to the truth, since no such suits ever existed.”

The statement was made in regard to a story about an ongoing open records complaint Yarter is pursuing through the attorney general’s office. Yarter is trying to obtain a copy of a contract or other document that shows proof that Commissioners Court has acted hire the firm for legal work done for the county.

Yarter told The Karnes Countywide during an interview Monday that he “misspoke” when making reference to past legal matters involving the firm and the City of Live Oak and Medina County.

“I will apologize for misspeaking,” Yarter said. “I misspoke in two of those instances.”

Yarter said the firm was not sued by the City of Live Oak or Medina County but was involved in regard to open records complaints that went to the attorney general’s office.

In regard to the open records complaint that Yarter filed seeking a copy of the contract between Karnes County and DNRB, Yarter said the attorney general has not yet issued an opinion.

See attached item for full text of Hyde’s letter.
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