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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007 12:00 am

The Associated Press

HOUSTON — A pair of candidates for city council have criminal records but can still run despite a state law barring convicted felons from public office.

J. Brad Batteau, 38, has the most extensive criminal record, including a felony conviction for a robbery when he was 17. He received probation and 30 days in county jail. He's also pleaded guilty to misdemeanors ranging from theft of plumbing supplies to criminal mischief for breaking a phone.

The other candidate, John C. Gibbs, a Baptist pastor and president of a community development corporation in north Houston, was indicted for felony assault after hitting his wife with a belt in 1998.

Batteau and Gibbs are eligible to run for council because they successfully completed probation, according to criminal lawyers and state officials.

Batteau's felony robbery conviction was set aside by a judge in 1995 after his probation was terminated; Gibbs avoided conviction through a deferred adjudication process.

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