Finding a Fair Jury for TSU's Former President

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Defense attorneys for the former president of Texas Southern University want her trial moved.

They say heavy media coverage will prevent finding a fair jury when Priscilla Slade goes on trial next month in Houston. Slade faces two charges of misusing university funds.

Authorities allege Slade spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on furniture, landscaping and a security system for her home.

Prosecutors say they can find 12 unbiased people in Harris County to hear the case.

A hearing on the change of venue request could be held later this month.

The allegations against Slade and others coincided with a series of reports that revealed a pattern of financial mismanagement at the school. It prompted the governor to call for a state takeover of the historically black university.

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