Friday, October 18, 2013

 

OPEN LETTER TO ARMANDO VILLALOBOS -
YOU OWE NO ONE BUT YOUR KIDS

Devan Marchan is now the poster child of the consequences bad conduct by elected or public officials has on the children of the officials. Former Texas AG Dan Morales mishandled his post conviction discussions with the DOJ to the point that he lost any meaningful relationship with his children. [It has been 10 years - so it is possible his now older children have connected with their father]  It was like he made a list of how to mess up, then added a few more things and then did everyone of them. He has since remarried and is working.

Here is a side note, I will follow - he seems to be trying to get the files open related to his conviction.  He claims there is money to be made by the State. AG Abbott refused to even open his package from Dan Morales.

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The DOJ has now given Armando every chance in the world to talk.  I hope if for no other reason than his children he is talking a mile a minute.  Armando owes no one but his kids.  My dad was not the best dad with the original 5 he had with Alice, but I will never forget when my half-sister Caroline told me that when she visited us in Salt Lake she had seen daddy had finally become the father he never was to them.  She said she finally felt like she had a father.  My point is, no matter how much you screw up if you do the right thing in the end, as a father your kids  forgive you.

Armando it is simple - give the DOJ everything they want so you return home to your kids sooner than later. 

TO MY READERS:

For me, while I believe Armando deserves jail time, I feel like we are blaming Armando  for everything which went wrong.

We had a feckless commissioners court which refused to fund his office.  Armando saw an opportunity to make for a better district attorneys office by using forfeiture money to remake the office.  Yes, this conduct was illegal - but it did make for a better office. 

Once he saw how easy it was to use bad forfeiture cases to raise money, something which may have never happened but for the feckless commissioners court, Villalobos saw other areas where he could make money. 

Villalobos was exposed to the worse of the worse within the system.  Politics is never easy - but the need to win draws the candidates to bad people.

We will not have justice until all the people who helped make Villalobos what he became are also taken down.

Armando, you need to promise your kids you will do everything needed to come home soon.  You need to admit to your mistakes and tell them you are now helping the police to punish all of the bad people.  This is what they need to remember you for while you are gone - in the end you did the right thing.  When you get out they will be there for you.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are wrong, in my opinion. Villalobos owes every citizen of Cameron County. He made specific and implied promises to us all when he ran for election. He then did us all wrong and must pay the price. Granted, he can never repay the debt he owes us all because he can not undo the joke he made of justice as our chief law enforcement officer, that will be for others to do but that still does not remove the debt. When he betrayed justice he forfeited all consideration including his family. It is a shame they will have to carry a hefty portion of his debt but he made that decision and if he did not want it to be so he should not have done what he did. It is true that one of the ways he can begin to repay is to come clean regarding his accomplices and enablers but that alone will not do it. Time in prison won't either. And, to my surprise, you are almost sounding like an apologist for him. You are not there yet but when you start making excuses -- well it wasn't all his fault, he couldn't of done it alone --- and so forth you are getting into that territory. As you know he made his own decisions. As far as I can tell no one put a gun to his head and made him do it. And, as you also know, the end doesn't always justify the means.

BobbyWC said...

First thanks for your comment, it is the type comment which makes the BV better.

You are 100% correct - Villalobos chose to do what he did - he gets 100% of the blame for his decisions - no excuses.

But there is also policy decision issues - did the failure of the commissioners court contribute to his bad decisions? Yes. Does this mean it is okay what Villalobos did - no - it will never be okay.

But as to his kids - they are innocent - to say we are going to ignore the impact on his kids is simply wrong

He makes right by his kids by showing them he is giving up everyone and doing the right thing.

I said he needs jail time, but the hard core reality is - convicted defendants do not give up others unless they can get a reduced sentenced - so would you prefer he do the full amount of time and no one else get prosecuted, or would you prefer he get some reduced sentenced and a lot more people get prosecuted?

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with 10:13
While I wish no one ill; He created his bloated office with his band of cohorts.
We all know politicians help their friends and supporters by giving them jobs, contracts, etc. Unfortunately that's the way our system works. It is unacceptable when justice goes on sale and political rivals are taken advantage of with no compassion.

Anonymous said...

You are a lunatic Bobby. Just the fact that you are saying that it was o.k. For Villalobos to break the law so his office could have funds is totally crazy! You are nuts. He broke the law for God's sake,...and you say fine, but file charges for people not putting the word "for" on their campaign propaganda!! You are a nut!

BobbyWC said...

Oh poor Zeke , where in gods name did I say anything Villalobos did is okay - never happened - I spent thousands of my own dollars pushing his prosecution.

You can lie all you want to protect your unethical boy Alex but people can read.

I believe in solving problems. ALl I did is state commissioners court's failure to fund the DA's office contributed to the problem.

Nothing excuses Villalobos conduct - but you would have us never ask how we got to that point.

But according to you it is okay to claim you hold the office of judge of county commissioner when you do not - wow - just wow

That is how we got to Villalobos - people like you deciding which laws are to be enforced based on who you like and dislike

I say enforce all laws

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I would prefer that he give up his cohorts for a reduced sentence. But he should make a generous payment on his debt. If he ends up with two years or even five years it will farther cheapen justice in Cameron County even if he gives up the entire county bar. I mean, if he doesn't do ample time the system is telling the citizens of the county that there is little value attached to whether or not we get justice. So I'm okay if he negotiates 20 years down to 10 years and gives up his associates in crime. I think he also ought to be required to give up anybody who didn't participate but knew about what was going on. They probably are not indictable, though it is an offense to fail to report a crime, I believe, and I think we deserve to know who, particularly in the bar, didn't act to protect justice.
Finally, of course his children are innocent but once again, his debt is not just to them. It is to all of us.

BobbyWC said...

I agree with everything you are saying - I can tell you the AUSA on the day of conviction told me 20 years was not going to happen - it would be less - but since he was the DA he should get the most - so 10 years sounds about right - Limas got 72 months - Now Rosenthal is anyone's guess - unless he is giving up judges all over Texas he is going to do a lot of time.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

It's unfair that just because he's part of the system 20 years is incomprehensible to the AUSA. If it were you or I we'd be looking at 20, even though I think sentences like 20 years should be reserved for hardened criminals

BobbyWC said...

I agree with you - but here is the deal - the judges, and attorneys alike all hate the federal sentencing guidelines - they are a disaster.

They are always before Congress for Amendment

I get everyone's frustration - but the AUSA understands if their are bigger fish to fry out their they must be willing to agree to lessor sentences - without it a lot of criminals would walk

Do I like the system? No

But the other choice is to just allow the other criminals to walk

Now if Villalobos gets a reduced sentence for talking I expect him to give up some very big people - it should rock the county - if they are not the biggest of the big then I say let it go and go for the maximum sentence

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I believe he did the only thing he could do to fund that office. That office needed to be funded.I agree with you Bobby in that he needs to look out for his children and their futures .I also agree that they like to blame everything on him.The CC system is corrupt, He didn't corrupt them ... He might not have done anything to stop it ; but then neither did anybody else.

BobbyWC said...

Well actually he could have gone public with the problem and force commissioners court to fund his office.

I basically agree with you - but he needs to be punished - all he can do to make it up to he people is to give up a lot of really big targets - he owes it to the people

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I hope he is cooperating.I believe he is . This is not a dumb guy. The fact that his testimony wasn't used against his friend should tell us all that he is cooperating and he must have some sense of loyalty.I hope he gets a new trial.I hope he gets to raise his kids.

BobbyWC said...

He will get jail time - it is also not lost on me that he asked that his sentencing be delayed until after the March primaries - it tells me he does not want what he is giving up to impact the primaries

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I believe that a juror was on FB during the trial and for that reason he deserves a new trial.That he will serve time is a given.That issue wasn't lost on me either

BobbyWC said...

If a juror was on FB during the trial discussing the trial it could form a basis for jury misconduct. Given the fact no motion has been filed on this issue to the best of my knowledge, I find the claim suspect.

But I approved the comment as an educational issue

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

" he does not want "
I kind of think that what he wants with respect to society is not a matter that should be allowed to enter into it anymore.

Anonymous said...

Bobby,
I have to say that I disagree with your opinions at least 95% of the time, and I sometimes I feel that reading your blog is like looking at a car wreck on the expressway (I know it's bad, but I can't help but stare). But having said all that, I also have to say that I agree with you on this one. Mando is a good man who was faced with a difficult situation and made some bad choices. I agree, he owes it to his family to do what he can to get out of jail sooner and be there for his kids.

You are also right in that I put the blame squarely on the commissioners court. To this day, the court continues to refuse to adequately fund the D.A.'s Office. This fiasco has not changed the arrogance of the commissioners court, at all.

Anonymous said...

I agree there is enough blame to spread around, Cameron County Commissioners court, unsupervised DA investigators etc. However, Armando should not slide since he was the head of the snake in the corruption and case fixing he oversaw. How extremely coincidental that his investigators found millions just day before their funding ran out. How interesting is it that no one was ever brought up on charges for the discovered cash. Not the driver of the semi, and not the home owner. Two separate cases that must lead one to believe something very unusual was going on in that office.
I balance my check book just like all of you do. How come he couldn't and some of you want to give him a pass and blame it on the Comm court? Are you too covering something up?

BobbyWC said...

I want to be clear - Armando is of his own doing - but you cannot fix a problem or prevent a repeat of the problem if you do not look at all of the variables.

Bobby WC