When officials broke ground for the new federal courthouse in Austin this month, attorney George Lobb was there, and there are pictures that prove it. U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin says he is puzzled why Lobb joined the dignitaries who posed for photos to commemorate the Sept. 2 groundbreaking on the more than $100 million project. “Of the many lawyers who practice in our court and who came [for the groundbreaking], he was the only one who brought his own shovel and stepped into the photo,” Austin says. “I’m puzzled by what his aim was.” Although Lobb showed up with a shovel, when he joined the dignitaries picked to be in the photo, the General Services Administration spokeswoman who coordinated the event gave Lobb one of the gold painted ceremonial shovels, Austin says. Lobb, of the Law Office of George C. Lobb in Austin, did not return three telephone calls for comment. Shala Geer-Smith, the GSA spokeswoman for the southwest region, did not return calls to her office and cell phones or an e-mail seeking comment.
-- Mary Alice Robbins