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June 14, 2017      4:41 PM

Federal judge rejects American Phoenix argument on civil rights, sends case back to state court

Phoenix founder Joe Basel faces contempt and possible jail time in state court where he has, for months, failed to turn over the financials of the group

A federal judge in Austin on Wednesday rejected arguments by American Phoenix Foundation founder Joe Basel that his civil rights are being violated in a lawsuit filed by veteran lobbyist Steve Bresnen.

The judge also ordered Basel to cover Bresnen’s costs.

By Scott Braddock

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