Friday, November 21, 2008

THE DE LEON CASE, AND THE WILLACY COUNTY INDICTMENTS CALL OUT FOR REFORM OF THE GRAND JURY PROCESS, AND WHEN A DA MUST RECUSE THEMSELVES

I will have an afternoon post on the Willacy County mess. I wanted to attend the hearings, but I have to be elsewhere this morning - sorry.

But for now, I want to address an issue which ties De Leon and Guerra together. The Court of Appeals rightfully so granted De Leon a stay because Villalobos is seeking to prosecute her while claiming to be the victim. I hope the national press corp picks up on this story. It only furthers supports my claim that the Democrats of the LRGV view corruption as a birthright. It should further come as no surprise that Judge Limas did not see a problem with the victim prosecuting the alleged wrongdoer. Judge Limas cannot be that incompetent. He simply considers the law as something to be ignored.

The press reports indicate Judge Banales has removed Juan Guerra from several of the cases in Willacy County for the same reason, you cannot be the victim and the prosecutor at the same time. The case of Judge Lopez bothers me a lot. I do believe the new US Attorney needs to open an aggressive investigation against Judge Lopez for what is a clear pattern of obstructing grand jury proceedings. It is a very dangerous situation when a judge believes she can obstruct grand juries with impunity. I have testified before grand juries three times. In a murder case, with a confession, the DA ordered the grand jury to ignore the evidence. The man was No Billed. In a perjury case the grand jury foreman threatened multiple witnesses for pursuing the perjury charges. When it was learned he was friends with the man who committed perjury the DA was forced to remove the grand jury foreman. Grand Juries are not independent, and are mostly a joke. When you add this to an out of control judge or DA, you have a situation for massive abuse.

Grand Jury reform is long overdue in Texas. Maybe these two cases will force the State Legislature to consider reform of the Grand Jury process, and creation of clear rules for when a DA cannot serve in a case.

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