Taking advantage of a perk available to Texas legislators, a state representative was granted another 30-day delay in his pending felony court case, in which he’s accused of vandalizing a primary opponent’s campaign signs.
State Rep. Frederick Frazier (R–McKinney) is a first-term lawmaker representing Texas House District 61 in Collin County.
He’s also a Dallas police officer and former McKinney City Council member.
The Dallas Police Department placed Frazier on administrative leave in June 2022 after he was indicted on two counts of impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony, related to campaign sign shenanigans during the 2022 Republican primary.
Frazier said at the time that he was “looking forward” to defending himself in court against the felony charges and wanted to “get this cleared up as fast as possible.”
But last week, he requested and was granted an extension of his “legislative continuance,” a perk that keeps his court case on hold throughout any legislative session and for 30 days after the session ends.
The original continuance requested by Frazier in January ahead of the regular session lasted through June 28.
Frazier’s latest legislative continuance extends until July 28, or 30 days after the end of the first special session.
As a second special session started immediately following the first, and more are expected through September, Frazier can continue to delay through at least the end of October before the wheels of justice begin to turn in his case.
It’s possible the March 2024 primaries will be over before any evidence in his case—which the Dallas Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division says includes video of Frazier vandalizing signs belonging to his Republican primary opponent Paul Chabot—sees the light of day.