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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cameron Co. DA Indicted; Prosecutorial Immunity

Indicted Cameron DA urged to quit By Lynn Brezosky BROWNSVILLE — District Attorney Armando Villalobos, a candidate in the Democratic primary for U.S. House District 34, was indicted on corruption charges Monday stemming from a federal criminal investigation. Villalobos was arrested Monday along with Eduardo “Eddie” Lucio, his former law partner. The indictment is tied to a deep-reaching, multiagency investigation into a web of corruption involving former state District Judge Abel C. Limas and a list of already-convicted courthouse players ranging from a bail bondsman to lawyer and former state Rep. Jose Santiago “Jim” Solis. It charges both Villalobos and Lucio with one count of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and one count of conspiracy to violate the RICO Act. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Indicted-Cameron-DA-urged-to-quit-3543724.php#ixzz1uN3A3uYW Why I left Houston Four teens arrested in fatal carjacking of Houston dad our teens have been charged with capital murder in the fatal carjacking of a Houston man who was stabbed and shot in front of his wife and daughter last weekend. Victor Quevedo's family had pulled into the parking lot of the Miramar Apartments, in the 13100 block of Bissonnet in far southwest Harris County, around 11:45 p.m. Saturday when at least four attackers ambushed their car and demanded money. After a brief struggle, one teen shot the 40-year-old father and another stabbed him with a knife, according to a probable cause affidavit. The attackers fled with a small black backpack adorned with flowers. It belonged to Quevedo's teen daughter. Two cellphones, but no cash, were inside. Ex-Cowboy Terrell Owens joins Dr. Phil, discusses fathering four kids to four women The show’s most emotional moments came during Dr. Phil’s opening conversation with Owens. Owens claimed that the past two years, which included him being “taken advantage of financially” and losing his grandmother, have been some of the roughest of his life. Owens broke down in tears when talking about his grandmother’s expectations for him. “She wanted me to be the best person I could be,” Owens said.... Reminds me of a client I was appointed to defend who thought he should get probation because he had five kids to support, by four different women - and he hadn't paid a dime in child support. Errant prosecutors seldom held to account By Barry Scheck SPECIAL TO THE AMERICAN-STATESMAN In February, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson affirmed the finding of state District Judge Sid Harle that there was probable cause to believe former Williamson County prosecutor Ken Anderson had violated the criminal laws of Texas by disobeying a court order to disclose evidence pointing to the innocence of Michael Morton, who in 1987 was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. A court of inquiry will now try Anderson on these charges. The case against Anderson (who is now a state district judge and denies wrongdoing in the Morton case) made national headlines because, as a recent article in the Yale Online Law Review thoroughly documents, our system rarely disciplines, much less brings criminal charges against, prosecutors who have engaged in acts of intentional misconduct. Far too often, prosecutors, who wield enormous power over our lives, aren't investigated at all, even for intentional misconduct that has led to a wrongful conviction, much less "harmless" intentional misconduct in cases in which the d defendant was guilty. Harris sheriff keeps pace of firing misbehaving officers By James Pinkerton The Harris County Sheriff's Office continues to fire deputies and other employees for having sex with jailed inmates, using illegal drugs, employing excessive force or using their position to steal from the public, according to disciplinary actions obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

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