Arts Attorney to be Deposed Next Week in Romei Case

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The deposition of a local attorney in the P. David Romei case will take place sometime next week.

Gaines West had already agreed to answering questions under oath, but discussion on whether a new law recently enacted would affect what West could discuss put a hold on the deposition.

With the rule clarified by Judge Steve Smith, West will either be questioned on Monday or Thursday of next week, this following a hearing in the 361st District Court Thursday.

The request was made by Romei, the former director of the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, who is headed for trial, faced with four indictments concerning his alleged use of arts and city money for his own personal purchases.

Romei has pleaded not guilty.

West provided legal advise to Romei in 2005, and would later become the arts council's attorney. Romei requested the deposition to see if West gave the council any confidential information to the arts or the district attorney's office that led to his indictment.

West has repeatedly said he did not give out any information on Romei, that he has nothing to hide, and that Romei's request of him is a smoke screen and a diversionary tactic.