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Reality Check Criminal-defense attorney and reality TV star Rob Campos was asked on June 10 to vacate his office at Dallas’ Mathur Law Offices because of what Sanjay Mathur describes as “the recent controversy” over Campos, the eligible bachelor on NBC’s “For Love or Money.” Mathur posted a letter on his firm’s Web site explaining that his decision to sever his professional relationship with Campos — Campos did contract work for Mathur and officed in Mathur’s firm – was based on Campos’ behavior on the June 9 episode and the recent revelations about Campos’ alleged conduct during his stint in the Judge Advocate General Corps. “I think people were looking for a reaction from us in relation to the negative press,” Mathur says. Campos, 33, left the Marine Corps’ JAG training program after allegedly entering a colleague’s room uninvited and touching her when he was drunk, according to the Smoking Gun, a Web site. On the June 9 episode of “For Love or Money,” the female contestants vying for his affections expressed disdain for his behavior with several of the contestants while in a hot tub. “As attorneys, we need to hold ourselves to a high public regard,” Mathur says. “We’re not gardeners, we’re lawyers. We want people to be able to trust us.” In the letter posted on his firm’s Web site, Mathur said many of the firm’s clients were women. “We do not wish to allow our practice to be perceived as unsympathetic to the causes we strive so hard to protect,” Mathur writes. Mathur says he first met Campos at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas while both of them were students there. Mathur says he left a letter for Campos in his office on June 10, asking him to vacate the office as soon as possible. Mathur posted the letter of explanation to his firm’s Web site on June 11. Mathur says Campos told him about his decision to star in the NBC show before he left for filming in California. Mathur, who says he doesn’t watch TV other than the news, thought it was OK. “I thought there would be some publicity, but I didn’t think there would be anything too positive or too negative about the whole thing.” Campos did not return two phone calls seeking comment before presstime on June 12. According to two statements released by Campos through NBC, Campos says he will continue his private practice. With regard to the incidents that led to his departure from the military, Campos stated, “I have acknowledged that I behaved inappropriately.” Legislator Arrested Two Department of Public Safety troopers arrested state Rep. Gabi Canales, an Alice Democrat and an attorney, for allegedly driving while intoxicated after stopping the freshman legislator’s vehicle shortly before midnight on June 7 on State Highway 44 east of Alice. According to a DPS offense report, the troopers stopped Canales for allegedly driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. The troopers began a DWI investigation after spotting an open bottle of whiskey and a spilled beverage in Canales’ vehicle, the report alleges. Open bottles of Johnny Walker Red Label whiskey and Crown Royal were found in the vehicle, as alleged in the report. The report indicated that after performing various field sobriety tasks, Canales refused to blow into a Breathalyzer and was arrested. Calls to Canales were referred to her attorneys. James D. Granberry, one of the attorneys representing Canales, says his client made the right decision regarding the portable breath-testing device. “I don’t know of a criminal-defense lawyer in the state who would tell you that wasn’t the right decision to make,” says Granberry, principal in the Law Offices of James D. Granberry in Corpus Christi. Granberry says Canales is not guilty of DWI and will fight a charge, if it’s filed. John Gilmore of the Law Offices of John Gilmore of Corpus Christi also represents Canales. Canales could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor for a first-time DWI offense. The offense is punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Granberry says he was informed on June 12 that no charges had been filed yet. “If I have anything to do with it, charges won’t be filed,” he says. Jim Wells County Attorney Jesusa Sanchez-Vera says her office has not determined whether to file a charge against Canales. “At this point, I’m not ready to make a decision on it yet,” Sanchez-Vera says. Payday for NASA The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas reached a settlement on June 10 with Lockheed Martin regarding reimbursements of alleged false and fraudulent claims sought through contracts with NASA. The $7.1 million settlement ends a nine-year investigation into allegations that payments made by NASA to Lockheed Engineering Sciences Corp. (LESC), Lockheed Martin’s predecessor, were based on false and fraudulent lease cost claims. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, NASA alleged that Lockheed Martin inflated rent expenses in the course of a 10-year, $1.14 billion contract to support the shuttle mission at the Johnson Space Center. U.S. Attorney Mike Shelby says that after a meeting he had in February 2002 with Lockheed Martin’s CEO, Vance Coffman, NASA and Lockheed were able to reach a settlement. “I believe he realized how important this was to me and my staff,” Shelby says. “I am entrusted with protecting the fiscal integrity of NASA and ensuring that the government is not overcharged for services related to our nation’s space program.” Calls to Lockheed staff attorney Scott McKay were referred to Tom Jurkowsky, vice president of media relations for Lockheed. Jurkowsky says, “We deny we engaged in any wrongdoing. After nine years of investigation, we settled for costs and distraction of litigation and to focus on the work we’re currently doing for NASA. It was far more efficient for us to do this, and they are a very key customer of ours.” About 80 percent of Lockheed’s business comes from the U.S. government, Jurkowsky says.

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