Saturday, May 25, 2013

 
HOW ARMANDO VILLALOBOS BECAME THE
FALL GUY FOR A SYSTEM WHICH BY ITS DESIGN IS CORRUPT

The verdict is good, do not misinterpret my words. On Sunday I will make this post. I need today to recover and get things done. But here is the deal. Not much will change in the system because of Armando Villalobo's conviction. The institutional corruption will continue. The conviction of Armando Villalobos is that of a fall guy to make it appear something has been fixed, when it has not. My readers will learn how the system made Villalobos, and how the system remains unindicted.

Because it is a holiday weekend, and I know the readership will automatically drop, the BV will be back with new stories and the process of reviewing all of the corruption at BISD for my new readers, come Tuesday.  Monday will be me unleashing about the trial.  I cannot tell you how many times I had to bite my lip and not say what I was feeling.

I set out to put my readers in the courtroom - I did that.

 

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

The system is corrupt because of political donations. There's almost no way to keep track of cash donations and where they came from. He tried to hide behind political donations but was apparently too greedy. He let his investigators run wild and it bit him on the azz.

Anonymous said...

I guess he did, I dont know, still unsure.
well we will see what will happen now to lucio, will he take a plea? or is it too late, can He bring others down and accept a plea? Who knows, I am not an attorney, not a politician a simple house wife..... : ( Dont know.....

Anonymous said...

How much time can AV negotiate down by giving more people up? I'm sure the Feds want him to talk about others. You said that would ruin his shot at an appeal, but don't you think it's an option? The talk had always been that there may be a couple of big fish he could turn on.

BobbyWC said...

To housewife - it is anyone's guess - but Lucio just lost the best plea bargain he could have gotten - the only one with bargaining power is Villalobos - hopefully Nortin Colvin will use his negotiation skills to get Villalobos to testify against Lucio and others - this will get him a smaller sentence - but the more Villalobos fights this the harder it will be for Judge Hanen to give him a reduced sentence

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Is there a min, sentence? Is there something in place to go under that sentence for him cooperating? You mentioned during the trial some sort of tool used to go under min. sentencing guidelines but is that federal too?

Anonymous said...

"Not much will change in the system because of Armando Villalobo's conviction. The institutional corruption will continue"

I think you're right about that. Villalobos supported Saenz on the DA race. Why? to keep status quo!

Anonymous said...

Mando finally made the big time...just heard a national foxnews radio blurb on his conviction.

Can't help but think there is a lot more coming. Going to buy some more popcorn now.

Thanks for the play-by-play.

BobbyWC said...

there are things which Villalobos can do to get him 2-5 years -which I would support - tomorrows post will deal with this -

Now that I have the entire trial in my head - I have a good sense on what happend - now that I have all of the facts I can write a story - my readers can then compare what I am saying with the evidence - they can challenge me - this is how the BV works - the trial blog is the document which suuports what I will be saying - If I am wrong I can be challenged by the person going to my own posts.

I know the system - I know how we got to this point - some people will be surprised that in some ways I will be praising Villalobos for many of the good things he did - my readers need to know this to understand what happened and how to fix it

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

So the record is clear Saenz has opened a grand jury investigation - so I do not think the status quo will be the future - I do expect Saenz to run cover for some people because he may be compromised - but the FBI is expecting him to clean a lot of this up

Saenz will do his job - I am not expecting him to nail everyone because the nature of the beast will make that impossible

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

2-5 years off or total 2-5 years? If it's 2-5 years total that sounds like a sweetheart deal.

Anonymous said...

There is still one big fish out there! He has flown under the radar mostly. If you want to take down the corrupt system you got to get him. He's the one that tries to control everything more specifically who runs for what. That way they owe him favors. You all know who I'm talking about!

I'm sure the feds will be glad to give Villalobos a deal if he can deliver him!

Anonymous said...

I would guess Mando did maybe a hundred thousand in his little scheme over various years. El Chapo does that much during lunch. But, El Chapo is free as a bird. Former Gov. and Obama buddy, Corzine (See MF Global), did a billion dollar job on his clients and he is free as a bird. Why would that be?

Moral of the story, if you are a little guy, watch out. This is a small town tragedy. Don't think you just won a return ticket to the Garden of Eden to start over again.

BobbyWC said...

The federal sentencing guidelines are complex. There was time that before they were changed the judges could not understand them.

The AUSA told me their next step is to look at the charges on which he was convicted, and then do their calculations - they only thing he knew for sure is, the guidelines would be under 20 years

What I am saying is, if Villalobos agrees to waive his appeals, flips on Eddie Lucio and then maybe flips on unindicted people - a final deal with a 5k Motion to provide for a lessor sentence I think 2-5 years would be fair.

Tomorrow's post will give you a better picture- Villalobos is not all bad - the system made him into what he did - he crossed the line

But the system is still in place. The fundamental problems still exist

The system as designed created Armando Villalobos - it is inherently unfair to not now tell his side and how things got so bad.

We need to fix the system - I hope and pray that he sees the need to accept what he did and cooperate with the DOJ - I believe Judge Hanen will agree to the downward motion if Villalobos cooperates and based on what happened and how it happened -

A good motivation forced Villalobos to do wrong things - but the system - and to be quite frank with you - the people helped to make the system.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I agree with the big fish comment. I believe maybe 2 bigger fish plus unindicted other equal size and smaller fish.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense, there are a lot of lawyers and people in power that do not do what he did. To make excuses for him is laughable ( the system created him and he is a victim!!!! yeah All he had to do was do the right thing)

Anonymous said...

There is some discretion that prosecutors should be able to exercise in settling cases. There's just too many cases to take to trial if there were no plea bargains. This conviction might just chill the whole process. Now prosecutors will be afraid to make recommendations. I think the key for prosecutors to remember is that it's okay to make plea bargains so long as there's no money changing hands. Just be fair with the recommendations. Some cases may warrant harsher punishments then others and that all depends on the nature of the crime, defendant's priors, victim's wishes, etc. It should be on a case by case basis. Prosecutors are not there to prosecute but to see that justice be done.

By the way, on another note, the Texas legislature rejected making it a capital offense to kill a prosecutor. If you kill a judge, a bailiff, a cop, its a capital offense but not a prosecutor. What's wrong with that picture?

Anonymous said...

I am sure there bigger fish, old timers that worked with limas day to day..... and they are home free...
I dont wish them bad, I think its unjust that one pays and the others are free enjoying their families and all the bad money received. but so be it.
I think brownsville needs peace in it self.....

Anonymous said...

Da Saenz has his own skeletons .He will only do a light house cleaning ...Truth is we all know who needs to go but nobody has the balls to take a stand so then i guess we deserve whatever it is we get .I agree with you Bobby ,The system made AV what he is .He supported Saenz for a reason.Corruption breeds corruption.Unless somebody says ENOUGH we can count on things more or less staying the same.

BobbyWC said...

To nonsense - one I never said he was a victim - I said the verdict was good and two how can you refute my commentary on the issue before I even post it - so you have made up your mind before I even take you through the process.

He is guilty - I never said he was not - but you are being played - if you leave in place what got us to this point - it is still there and Villalobos is just being used as a fall guy to cover-up that which is still happening.

How about waiting to read my actual post before judging it as wrong.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

No, who?

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that the big fishes are out there reading careful what we write, In case their names pop up. Sad but reality.

Anonymous said...

from nonsense: I stand corrected, my apologies

Former DA investigator said...

I believe the ones who need to worry is Dannebaum who had a hand in the waste and loss of $22 million for a truck-rail bridge that never appeared? Androphly and Colvin ran interference for Dannebaum when the supposed investigation conducted by, you guessed it, Armando Villalobos? Remember he settled for accepting $1 million dollars and kept it for the office and not returned to the rightful owner, Port of Brownsville. Will there be heads rolling on this one? Now that Armando villalobos was convicted and he has to try and save his ass from a long prison sentence?

Anonymous said...

Let's see if DA Saenz has balls or huevitos!!!

Anonymous said...

BOBBY GREAT JOB THANK YOU...I THINK MR VILLALOBOS IS GOING TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE FEDS.HPOE THE FEDS CONTINUED WITH CLEANING ALL THE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF BROWNSVILLE,THERE IS A LOT OF CORRUPTION,EXSAMPLE THE CASE OF WILLY GONZALEZ.THIS HAS TO STOP.

BobbyWC said...

I will be addressing Dannenbaum next week - I do not believe Androphy or Colvin did anything wrong - having said that Saenz needs to reopen that investigation - I will be detailing my reasons - If a fraudulent agreement was signed - it is void.

Dannenbaum is wide open for reinvestigation - I know it is hard for people to believe Androphy and Colvin are innocent of a crime in the matter - but you have to wait and see what I have to say - it will makes sense to you - It was just to easy for Villalobos to take a million dollars for his office -

The attorneys just used the system to get their client cleared. It was legal in terms of their negotiations - but the motivation by Villalobos in my opinion was illegal.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I hadn't even thought about the Dannenbaum issue. Very interesting! I'll wait to see what BV says about Androphy and Colvin tomorrow. I was thinking they were involved as well. That would make sense for using them as defense.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget about Masso's involvement .Bobby,please explain it so us simple folks can understand.Think all of us here on your blog are just looking for justice.

BobbyWC said...

If you read the trial you read me type I am biting my lip

Every time Androphy said that Oscar de la Fuente wanted to represent Meme longoria so as to control him - I wanted to type just like Androphy and Colvin wanting to represent Villalobos to control him concerning Dannebaum

But I want to be clear - neither Androphy nor Colvin did anything wrong in that case - they negotiated with Villalobos knowing how much he wanted the forfeiture money - it was good lawyering

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

I think Masso worked with Villalobos on Dannebaum - remember Villalobos was using bad forfeiture cases to raise money to run his office - Masso knew this - he had to have known this

I will get to it

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Masso was principal attorney in the white collar crime division a job given to him by AV?He was in charge of the investigation .Months later he was on BND .Dannenbaum only came into play by being recommended by Eddie Lucio he was on board there and received a fee for getting them the job. talk to Emma believe she broke the story.

Anonymous said...

Masso is fully aware of the bad forfeiture cases.

BobbyWC said...

My documentation on Dannenbaum is extensive - I have all key documents - I know the story- I am hopeful I will be able to get DA Saenz to reopen the file

Martin Arambula is dead meat for county judge.

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

You need to read the Celestine Prophecy - the first insight of the 9 is no coincidences

http://www.celestinevision.com/

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Bobby you are a good and virtuous soul.

Anonymous said...

attorneys got called to testify by the us gov or fbi.... even while Mr. villalobos trial was going on? is that true?

BobbyWC said...

I know John Blaylock, Michael Cowen and Rick Zayas were all called by Villalobos - in the end Villalobos chose to not call them and they were released

I do not know if the government released any witnesses before being called


Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

I need to issue a correction - how do I handle it - I am thinking generally as to all of you - with a general statement - is this okay - please let me know

your original post as requested was deleted

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

It's just I saw the other bloggers talking shit on you but I know you are doing the right thing and I wanted to comfort and encourage you.I got heart too.And for the record little gay man got more balls then all those other bloggers put together.

Anonymous said...

Who are the big fish?