Please note that I am not an attorney nor do I play one on television. With this in mind, we need someone who has passed the bar, not been like me and just sat down and ordered. Would any of you have an attorney that you could ask if I am reading this correctly?
As I read Texas Government Code 552.149, it seems that the appraisal district is in violation by sharing property owners private financial data. the information has to
1) remains confidential in the possession of the property owner or agent; and (2) may not be disclosed or used for any purpose except as evidence or argument at the hearing on the protest.
Is there not an argument that this is a criminal offense for abuse of office according to the Texas Penal Code, Title 8, Chapter 39, Abuse of office
ec. 39.02. ABUSE OF OFFICIAL CAPACITY. (a) A public servant commits an offense if, with intent to obtain a benefit or with intent to harm or defraud another, he intentionally or knowingly: (1) violates a law relating to the public servant's office or employment; or (2) misuses government property, services, personnel,or any other thing of value belonging to the government that has come into the public servant's custody or possession by virtue of the public servant's office or employment.
Any informed input would be much appreciated