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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cameron County DA Indicted by Feds; Guadalupe Co. DA Protecting Rapist?

Cameron DA indicted on corruption charges By Lynn Brezosky BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos was arrested Monday along with former law partner Eddic Lucio after an indictment on federal racketeering charges. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Cameron-DA-indicted-on-corruption-charges-3540167.php#ixzz1uDWTldg0 Is Guadalupe County DA Heather McMinn protecting a rapist? An article by John MacCormack in the San Antonio Express-News tells the sordid story of a sexual predator who may be protected by the Guadalupe County DA Heather McMinn and Assistant District Attorney Kristy Stone. Despite numerous complaints by different women and an audiotape of a sexual assault, the alleged rapist is still on the street. "District Attorney Heather McMinn did not respond to a series of questions, including whether she has recused herself from the case, whether a special prosecutor will be appointed or whether Sanchez is receiving special treatment. Josie Williams, who is Gonzales' boss, said that sometime in 2010 Sanchez introduced McMinn to her as “my good friend,” when the prosecutor was visiting his office as a customer. Williams said she saw McMinn visit several times after that. Gonzales' lawyer, James Millan, said he is more concerned about an apparent conflict involving Stone, the assistant district attorney who, on April 17, decided not to have Sanchez arrested. According to court records in both Caldwell and Guadalupe counties, Stone, while in private practice, represented Sanchez as a defense lawyer in matters related to a DWI case in 2010. “When Kristy Stone went over to the police station, she knew she was disqualified as soon as she saw who it was. She's automatically disqualified,” Millan said." Cameron County District Judge and District Attorney Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos was arrested Monday along with former law partner Eddic Lucio after an indictment on federal racketeering charges. Federal prosecutors accuse Villalobos of taking more than $100,000 in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for using his prosecutorial discretion. He was indicted after a years-long investigation that has netted several local attorneys and former officials. Attorney in Corruption Case to Report to Prison An attorney convicted in the Abel Limas corruption has been ordered to report to federal prison next month. Joe Valle of Harlingen is to report to the facility in Bastrop on June 7. Valle confessed to bribing former Cameron County state district judge Abel Limas and receiving money for referring a case. Valle was sentenced to one year and one day behind bars. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Cameron-DA-indicted-on-corruption-charges-3540167.php#ixzz1uDWTldg0 Austin cop killer pathetic excuse From the Austin American Statesman 4/23/12 24-year-old Brandon Montgomery Daniel in the fatal shooting of Austin senior police officer Jaime Padron, Daniel's mother, Mary O'Dell, the only family member who has spoken publicly since Padron's death, told the newspaper in a 20-minute interview last week that her son is highly intelligent but was increasingly overcome in recent months from the stress of a breakup with his longtime girlfriend and adjusting to a new life in Austin. She said on the night of Padron's death, her son had taken prescription anxiety medication and was not aware of his actions. "He has absolutely no memory of it," said O'Dell, who has visited her son in jail. ........ Boo-hoo-hoo, poor little Brandon. Why I'll never run for any office again The New York Times has dug up a story from 50 years ago about Mitt Romney supposedly bullying another student. "Mitt Romney returned from spring break in his senior year to find that John Lauber, a quiet, offbeat type, had bleached his hair blond. Mr. Romney, brandishing a pair of scissors, led other boys on a hunt for Mr. Lauber, teasing him and holding him down while Mr. Romney snipped off his long locks." Of course the NYT loves it because the other student later came out as gay. The reason we have such a poor field in most presidential elections is that qualified leaders like Colin Powell and David Petraeus don't want their reputations shredded and their families brutalized.

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