Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman says he can’t afford a defense lawyer

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Updated 9:49 am, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Former Congressman Steve Stockman is expected to enter what will amount to 28 “not guilty” pleas in federal court in Houston Wednesday amid allegations he helped steal about $800,000 in charitable donations intended for conservative organizations.

Stockman, who failed to unseat Sen. John Cornyn in the 2014 Republican primary, is accused of being the kingpin in a complex criminal conspiracy to illegally funnel charitable funds to personal and campaign expenses.


He and two aides are charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions, pocketing $1.2 million from three U.S.-based foundations and individuals and then laundering most of the money without paying taxes on it.

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The 60-year-old Clear Lake Republican maintains his innocence and has said he expects to be vindicated.

At his first public appearance following the initial criminal allegations, he told reporters that the charges stemmed from a “deep state” conspiracy prompted by his criticism of the Internal Revenue Service while he was in Congress.

His lawyer, Dane Ball, reiterated Wednesday that his client planned to plead “not guilty” to the 28 counts in his indictment.


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