Free of criminal charges, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes says she was victimized

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In her first public appearance since being cleared of criminal charges, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, said Tuesday she had been maligned by the Travis County district attorney, other Austin-area Democratic lawmakers and the news media. Dukes, speaking at a Texas Tribune event in Austin, said she was motivated to give extensive public comments, for the first time since her criminal charges were dropped, “because it’s an opportunity to tell the real story.” Last year, amid a criminal inquiry into whether Dukes had misused her public office, she announced she would resign, citing healt...

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