Grand Jury Says County Attorney Committed No Criminal Misconduct
CBS 7 News
December 12, 2012
Odessa - An Ector grand jury says it found no evidence that county attorney Cindy Weir-Nutter committed any criminal acts.
Weir-Nutter had been accused of official misconduct by allowing employees to take so-called "Cindy" days off as a reward for working overtime. The grand jury did find that Weir-Nutter's compensation of "Cindy Days" was not consistent with the requirements of the Ector County Employee Handbook.The county attorney has insisted she did nothing wrong and that she had evidence of misconduct in other county departments There also had been accusations that Weir-Nutter misused her budget to purchase expensive office furniture. However, the grand jury reports states that quote, "the deviations arose more from lack of knowledge and understanding and not from a criminal mental state".
The report went on to say "we also find that Ms. Nutter's misunderstanding was primarly, but not entirely of her own doing".
The report continued that, "in this regard, it would not be justice for her to be charged with a criminal act". Weir-Nutter was unavailable for comment, but her secretary says the county attorney will have a public statement today. CBS 7 News will continue to update you on the story.