Thursday, June 6, 2013


THE CRIMINAL CASE OF SONNY PEDRAZA, AND POST DIVORCE PROPERTY  DIVISION OF ANTONIO JUAREZ

I went to court to watch a hearing on Sonny Pedraza, and learned Justice Fred Hinojosa was acting as a visiting judge for Judge Olvera in the case of  Antonio Juarez in a post divorce property division.  Justice Daniel Chew was the visiting judge for the Pedraza case.  So, I got a two-fer one.

SONNY PEDRAZA

Here is where it begins.

"The indictment accuses Pedraza of one count of state jail felony tampering with a government record to defraud or harm.

Court records show that Pedraza is also facing one count of Class A misdemeanor official oppression."

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=876552

I have no idea who is the truth teller and who is lying.  But officer Pedraza's problems began after he reported wrongdoing by a senior officer.  An internal investigation showed the claims to be unsubstantiated. 

In the criminal case the complainant has given two different stories as to her whereabouts when her home was trashed.  This is the allegation of the defense.  ADA Korina Barraza did not challenge the allegation.

Justice Chew told defense counsel Nat Perez he could renew his motion to quash the indictment during trial.  Justice Chew first wanted to see if the state could meet its burden.

A big issue at Thursday's hearing was discovery.  The DA's office had been less than forthcoming.  Judge Chew granted the defense access to all of the documents they wanted.

ADA Korina Barrera claimed that the Internal Affairs Department of the BPD was concerned with releasing the defendant's statement.  There was a time such a stupid argument would have been met with sanctions.  A defendant is always entitled to their own statement.  Justice Chew gave the defendant everything he was seeking.  The fact of the matter was, Nat Perez already had his client's statements.

If Sonny Pedraza's claims of retaliation are true, the COB is in for a fight if he is found not guilty.

Assuming Korina Barrera told the truth and that the problem with release of the internal affairs report was coming from the BPD, then it is fair to say, the BPD Internal Affairs department is a joke and exists for the sole purpose of protecting a select few, which would then support Pedraza's claim the entire matter is retaliation for his reporting of wrongdoing by a senior officer.

I have no idea who is telling the truth.  But in cases like this the DA should be concerned when their primary witness has told conflicting stories.  It should form a basis for senior ADA's reviewing the evidence as a team to determine if the case should move  forward. 

It is a very dangerous system for all of our law enforcement officers if an unethical Internal Affairs department can use the DA's office to aid in their own cover-ups and retaliation.

Again I have no idea who is telling the truth - but when the victim has told two different stories about her whereabouts when her home was trashed, and Internal Affairs is claiming the defendant should not be given his statement, the case merits high level review.  It undermines the dignity of the DA's office when they become a puppet for a less than ethical Internal Affairs Department of a police department.

If this case goes to trial and the DA loses, the damage could be irreparable.  It could make it  difficult for the DA's office to work with the rank and file of the Brownsville Police Department.  A trial which the DA loses though, could result in a federal investigation of the BPD Internal Affairs Department.  The latter could be a good thing for the police officers and the people of Brownsville, but a disaster for the city of Brownsville.

Marc Sossi's attempt to quash the subpoena on the police chief failed.  Justice Chew found the chief must be on hold to testify.  Based on the  evidence which comes out during trial, Justice Chew will allow the chief to be called as a defense witness.

The parties are waiting on a trial date.  The trial was to be Monday, but Justice Chew is unavailable.

I will report on the Antonio Juarez matter on Saturday.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you a Nat Perez junkie or what?

Anonymous said...

Are you a Nat Perez junkie or what?

BobbyWC said...

Why not address the story instead of using a distraction - I have never met the man in my life until today after the hearing. I would not have known him had I seen him on the street.

Do you really think you are helping the DA or police with such a moronic statement?

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

BOBBY PLEASE CONTINUED WITH THIS CASE,SMELLS FUNNY ABOUT THE LADY IN QUESTION. IF THIS GUY PEDRAZA IS FIGHTHING AGAIST THE CITY,HE HAS SOMETHING TO TELL US.AND FINALLY ASK ABOUT THE CASE OF WILLY GONZALEZ HE SHOOT TWO PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE TUCAN BAR, AND HE STILL IS WORKING AT THE HEALTH DEPT,BECAUSE HE IS THE SON OF LADY THAT USE TO BE HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR AND DID A LOT OF FAVORS HIGH RANKING OFFICERS OF THE CITY OF BROWNSVILLE

Anonymous said...


"I will report on the Antonio Juarez matter on Saturday."

Today is Saturday, still working on the report?

BobbyWC said...

I've been dealing with a fever all day - sorry - I had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic - I stopped it - I felt better last night - but this morning I woke up with another fever - I now know the problem - I woke up about 3:30 this afternoon in a lot of pain - I now have a full fledge attack of diverticulitis - I am certain it was brought on by the side effects of the antibiotic - all I can do is pump fluids - depending on certain variables I have to wait until I am at somewhere between 101-102 before going to the doctor -

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better.

BobbyWC said...

By chance I have my regular blood and lab work up on Monday - normally without a 101-102 fever I would not get an antibiotic - but I still need an antibiotic for the absessed tooth - so I will do a walk in with my regular doctor - she knows which antibiotic I can handle -

Cipro or cypro - I cannot take - it cases major me seeing things - like dinos - it is really a trip

Bobby WC