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Saturday, November 3, 2012

2 top Texas judges on ballot fighting ethics fines Two of Texas’ top judges have been able to put off paying huge ethics fines for more than two years, and neither case stands to be resolved before Election Day when both are on the ballot for new six-year terms. The $100,000 fine in 2010 against Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, and the $29,000 fine levied against state Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht in 2008 rank among the largest in state history. San Antonio Cops Suspended for Attempted Cover-Up of Drunken Cop, His Wrecked Truck, and the Porn and "Sexual Device" Inside A trio of San Antonio cops have been suspended and several more are under investigation for their roles in the cover-up of a police sergeant's allegedly drunken wreck of a city-owned truck. According to internal police disciplinary documents released to WOAI, the cops also removed alcohol, pornography, and a "sexual device" from the crashed vehicle. Woman fighting to clear name in 1994 sex assault is paroled GATESVILLE — When she hugged her mom, Anna Vasquez knew it was real. She was free. Released on parole Friday after serving 12½ years of a 15-year sentence, Vasquez is one of four San Antonio women fighting to clear their names after they were convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls in a bizarre case that even spurred talk of Satanism. The younger of the two accusers, now 25, has recanted, saying no assault occurred. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Woman-fighting-for-exoneration-released-on-parole-4003817.php#ixzz2BAKZEqWs After 13 years in prison, ex-cop may be innocent Child rape conviction sent him to prison in 1999. For the past 13 years, retired San Antonio Police Officer Frank Navarijo, 73, has sat in prison — serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of repeatedly raping a 5-year-oldfemale relative. Friday, his accuser recanted. For now, Navarijo remains in Bexar County Jail. Teen who made false rape report offered support s community leaders mobilize support for a Yates High School student who admitted she lied about being sexually assaulted last week, Houston police have not ruled out the possibility of criminal charges against the teen.The 15-year-old girl told police that a man abducted her on Noah Street near Cyrill Park on the way home from school, dragged her into an abandoned house and sexually assaulted her. She provided a detailed description of man, as well as other information. Another Maverick County official charged in bribery probe FBI agents arrested a former Maverick County employee Friday, the latest in a string of corruption allegations made by federal authorities against officials in the border county. A grand jury this week indicted Alejandra Garcia, 26, whose job included issuing checks to county contractors, on one count of accepting bribes. Prosecutors allege that she took bribes from multiple contractors to dole out thousands of dollars from Department of Homeland Security Operation Stonegarden grants used for border protection. Liberals let Obama get away with un-American actions The president's deplorable record on privacy and kill lists is an affront to our values. Liberals just shrug it off Let us stipulate, as lawyers like to say, that President Obama has a deplorable record on civil liberties, one that threatens long-term damage to the country’s constitutional culture. Why, then, has his base of support not been eroded decisively? Why have so many on the left fallen silent, after railing against George W. Bush’s rights violations, as Obama has prolonged and codified most of the same practices? And why have so few on the right, riding a groundswell of resentment toward big government, failed to resent the biggest governmental intrusions into personal privacy since the FBI’s domestic spying during the Cold War? State asks feds to probe deadly helicopter shooting BROWNSVILLE - Texas state police on Friday asked federal agents to review the deaths of two Guatemalan immigrants, killed last week when a state trooper on a helicopter opened fire on a smuggling vehicle near La Joya. The Texas Rangers will hand over their investigation to federal agents upon completion, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw. McCraw said he asked the FBI and Justice Department to conduct an independent investigation into the Oct. 25 shooting. The two killed were among a group of nine Guatemalan immigrants in the truck, suspected of being in the country illegally and being smuggled through the Rio Grande Valley. DPS officials said they believed the truck was smuggling drugs and the trooper shot at the vehicle to disable it. Settlement for wrongful imprisonment settles little After six years of fighting, George Rodriguez finally got a promise Friday that he'll get paid by the city that wronged him. But it isn't nearly enough. The 52-year-old was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2004 after serving 17 years behind bars for the 1987 kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl. It was faulty evidence from the Houston Police Department crime lab that put him there.

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  1. Yes, I agree Obama has let down the liberals, by capitulating on the patriot act, torture, Guantanamo, renditions for torture, tax breaks for the rich and failure to reform Wall Street. I can’t understand why the wealthy conservatives hate him so much. He has covered them on every important issue. Perhaps in has something to do with his half whiteness?