Friday, October 16, 2009

WHAT CAN WE SAY? THE TRIAL

I was not in the courtroom so I cannot comment on the competency of the prosecuting attorney. I am curious if the decision of Ahumada to testify so took him by surprise that he was not prepared to counter.

Ahumada told so many conflicting stories to the press that it became impossible to take him seriously. Once Ahumada took the stand through a variety of mechanisms the DA was free to use the conflicting comments to impeach his credibility. If this did not happen, it was the result of incredible incompetence or a willful sabotage of the case. Either way a new DA is needed for the retrial.

Personally, I think the DA should just move on. I am not big on retrials. I recently consulted in a case wherein the Dallas DA lost a child molestation case for the 2nd time. Endlessly retrying a case until you win serves no one - well except the injured ego of the DA.

If the case is retried in January, by the time the appeals are complete the mayor's term will be over. So long as the mayor appeals an adverse ruling he gets to remain in office. So my question is, how are the people of Brownsville served by another trial? One way or the other Brownsville will continue suffer under this mayor. With another trial the issue will remain in the news and Brownsville will suffer a double injury.

Nothing on this issue appeared in the Herald, but what was the composition of the jury, in terms of where they were from. People may not realize but anyone who lives in Cameron county and is legal, can serve on a jury. How many of the jurors were from Brownsville as opposed to San Benito for example.

In the end what bothers me the most is, did the DA fail to use the mayor's conflicting statements in the press as a way to impeach his credibility, or did the jury simply ignore such overwhelming evidence of deceit?

4 comments:

BobbyWC said...

A call for help. I am off for some emergency MRI's of my upper spine and brain. They want to rule out that what ever caused the scar tissue in my lumbar spine has not spread upwards.

Anyway - I will make this a special post if someone will do it for me.

Go to the Herald and get all of Pat Almight's conflicting comments along with his trial comments and put them together with the links.

Send it to me and I will post it as a separate story.

Thanks

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

"Endlessly retrying a case until you win serves no one - well except the injured ego of the DA.

If the case is retried in January, by the time the appeals are complete the mayor's term will be over. So long as the mayor appeals an adverse ruling he gets to remain in office. So my question is, how are the people of Brownsville served by another trial?"

Please just take your own advice and let it go. Let the DA sort it out.

Anonymous said...

They actually printed this on the KVEO 23 website.....

"We've been keeping you up to date since the trial began Monday with jury selection, and during testimony, the prosecutors the defense, and even the Mayor himself had interesting words.
We has been inside the court room since day one, and here is a recap and the back and forth between the major and persecutors."

Maybe the mayor is not as paranoid as everyone thinks....

BobbyWC said...

here is the link - I cannot believe this really happened

Bobby WC

http://www.kveo.com/news/last-trial-day-mayor-pat-ahumada