August 19, 2013

Defense accuses state of ‘selective prosecution’ in wind energy fraud case

By Ricardo Gandara | American-Statesman Staff | Aug. 19, 2013 |

The fight over Charles Malouff’s fate continued Monday outside the presence of jurors, with attorneys arguing over the gathering and sharing of evidence in the case of a failed wind energy project in Jonestown.

Defense attorneys Jackie Wood and Tamara Needles hammered at the prosecutors with a 15-page motion to suppress evidence and dismiss the case against Malouff, who is accused of falsifying documents to obtain a $2 million federal stimulus grant for wind turbines. Among other things, his lawyers claim the Travis County District Attorney’s Office acted in bad faith by failing to hand over spreadsheets detailing the finances of Malouff and his companies.

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