Attorney Fires Back at Former Arts Council Director

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

The war of words between a local lawyer and former arts official is escalating. In a legal response filed Thursday, attorney Gaines West denied any involvement in the criminal case against ex-Arts Council of the Brazos Valley Director P. David Romei.

In that document, West states, "I have not, together with the Arts Council, or anyone else, sought to file complaints with the Brazos County District Attorney against Dr. Romei. I did not 'promptly' make myself available at any time to the media to forward any plan or scheme to have Dr. Romei face criminal censure."

West's response was prompted by papers filed Wednesday by Romei asking that West be forced to answer questions under oath pertaining to his possible involvement in criminal charges filed against Romei. The former Arts Council director is under indictment for allegedly taking Arts Council and City of College Station funds for personal use. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Romei has raised the question that West, who once provided him legal counsel, may have improperly shared confidential information about him to the Arts Council and authorities. But West said his involvement with the defendant consisted on one meeting in July 2005, during which the two talked only about perceived personal attacks on Romei.

In court papers, West states, "To date I have never even received a request from Dr. Romei for his file that was created by me because of his visit to my office in 2005. Had Dr. Romei first requested his file he would have seen that his allegations in his Petition to Take Deposition Before Suit are false."

West goes on to ask that Romei's request be dismissed, that Romei be ordered to pay West legal fees, and that he and his attorneys be sanctioned for "failing to appropriately investigate the alleged facts asserted in his Petition."

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 10805841 -
Gray Television, Inc.