Tuesday, May 21, 2013


The day ended with Judge Hanen noting some of the counts may be dismissed after the defense rests. I totally agree some of the evidence appears thin.

Pay attention - everyone in the courtroom including Judge Hanen may believe Villalobos is guilty but the government still has to prove its case.

A law has elements - maybe parts 1-5 - they have to prove each part.  Some of the evidence on some counts is so thin,  I cannot see it.

There are complex legal issues involved.  Judge Hanen has clear  concerns.  I am certain he sent a memo to his law clerks to get him a lot of quick research on several issues. They are probably going to be working tonight and all day tomorrow on those issues.  What they find in their research will decide if some counts are dismissed.

To a comment about me not commenting on the evidence - I said I might sometimes - I have been very nice to both sides and pointed out mistakes by both sides. Any claim I am favoring Villalobos is absurd.  I spent thousands of dollars suing FBI Director Mueller to bring this case - get real.

But I am about the process - justice is best served when the process is followed.

I have no idea what will happen on the final verdict.

But if the AUSA continues to be a jerk like he was with Rick Canales he might lose the case.  I do not know who Rick Canales is.  He may be bad - he may be good - but the horrible way the AUSA tried to impugn Canales character made me want to vomit.

In today's comments I noted long before the request from the State Bar got in as evidence that Androphy messed up and opened the door to the evidence getting in - I saw it as a teachable moment.

Yes I have commented on some of what is happening but again any  suggestion I favor Villalobos is absurd.

Androphy allowed his emotions to get the better of him with Gripka - I think he lost points with the jury - it certainly cost him the State Bar evidence getting in.

I can think of nothing dumber than allowing Villalobos to testify.  The slightest mistake and his State Bar probated disbarment gets in.  This is very dangerous - if it gets in they will convict.

Personally, I think in the morning the defense needs to rest if all they have is more witnesses like Rick Canales trying to bolster Villalobos character. 

Judge Hanen has noted the evidence in some cases is thin, why chance opening the door to something new.


Anonymous said...

Can you clarify what was offensive about how the government treated Canales? I did not pick up on that in your afternoon session.

Chispas said...

Again, thanks for all your good work. It's been quite an eye opener for me.

Do you suppose judge Hanan was once a state district judge and knows about campaign contributions??

Anonymous said...

Judge Hanen has only been a federal judge (by appointment and so no campaign contributions).

BobbyWC said...

But as a lawyer he made contributions - the very nature of contributions taint the process - he can turn out to be a great judge the process taints the judges more so than the judges themselves

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

the comment about Canales being on a bench outside a bank in the mall. You know what if they have a photo of that do you not think the bank would have had video of them going into the bank?

Wynne intentionally tried to taint the jury with evidence he knew did not exist

And what is so nefarious about going to Matamoros?

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Bobby, the co-counsel for the defense's name is Ashley Gargour