State Rep. Terri Hodge pleads guilty, agrees to resign from public office
State Representative Terri Hodge appeared in court today and has pleaded guilty to fraud.

Hodge was headed to trial early next month on 31 counts of bribery and extortion related to the housing development scheme that has become the largest corruption trial in Dallas history. As part of her plea with the government, Hodge has agreed to resign her office and never seek or hold public office. The seven-time representative from District 100 was in the race to keep her seat and was to face Eric Johnson in the March 2 primary.

Hodge appeared before U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, pleading guilty to fraud and false statements on an income tax return. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a $100,000 fine, and restitution to the IRS. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Other players in the corruption trial include Cheryl Potashnik, who pleaded guilty to bribery in connection with benefits given to Hodge. Her husband, Brian Potashnik, pleaded guilty to bribery of various public officials. Both are awaiting sentencing.

D'Angelo Lee is also scheduled to appear in court today. Lee was convicted October 5, along with Don Hill, of extortion and bribery. Lee is accused of improper contact with a juror in that case. Prosecutors are expected to call the juror, her husband, and the man who was with Lee during the alleged incident. Lynn's order says Lee could be jailed until his February 26 sentencing if she finds Lee acted improperly. Lee and Don Hill each face up to 95 years in prison.