The El Paso Courts of Inquiry: Nine Years Later

When Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds looked for justice for their client via a rarely used court procedure and Judge Richard A. Roman signed the order convening the first Court of Inquiry in El Paso in many years, many in the city were aghast at the two attorneys and a judge who dared challenge the political status quo of the city. Little did the community know back then that the court of inquiries, six more soon followed, were the beginning of exposing the rampant corruption many talked about but many more pretended did not exist.

I was there at the beginning of courts of inquiry and was the only one that reported on them from beginning until the end. Although I’m not trained as a journalist I had to take my haphazard grammar and inability to write a coherent sentence in order to fill a void in a city anxious to learn more about the dirty political undercurrent in a city best known today for the rampant public corruption scandals that continue to plague the city to this day.

It is a sad commentary that a whole city had to rely on two attorneys, steadfastly working on behalf of their client’s need for justice while at same time fighting a system intent on keeping the dirty-dealers in play because either the system was too dependent on the corruptors for its existence or because it’s just wasn’t “seemly to expose our dirty laundry to the world”, to force the exposure of the corruption in their midst.

When the news about the courts of inquiries first hit the community collective the local paper, under the tutelage of Bob Moore, wasted not even a minute attacking the notion that finding out the truth about public corruption in the police forces and the judiciary was nothing more than a political agenda. The local paper was content to attack the messengers rather than look closely at the problems they were exposing.

The reason was that the use of the courts of inquiry threatened to undermine the carefully crafted erroneous message that public corruption existed only south of the border that the local paper and the local politicos had crafted over the years.

Then, as today, the general mantra emanating from the chambers of commerce, the local governmental entities’ and those in power is that “El Paso, it’s all good”. “We are the safest city” they all collectively proclaim today as they did back then.

As it was then it is today just a pig covered in makeup.

El Paso is nothing more than a façade of “it’s all good” covering up a corrupt underbelly so corrupt that no amount of makeup can keep the stench away no matter how hard the so-called community leaders try to pretend it doesn’t exist.

Then, as today, it is the “crazies that are keeping our city down” they utter in mock astonishment as even more people rise up to say “ya basta”.

On January 21, 2004 two attorneys and one judge had the courage to demand an investigation into the city’s corruption. They were publicly chastised and ridiculed for doing what others lacked the courage to do. Coincidently at about the same time the FBI’s Agent in Charge abruptly resigned amid drug cartel related impropriety and as far as we know today, that same agency started an investigation into public corruption in El Paso that has led to the incarceration, indictments and convictions of at least thirty so-called community leaders for public corruption and countless others that even today remain under the radar.

Theresa Caballero, Stuart Leeds and Richard Roman had the courage to demand better in their community. Jaime Esparza, Carlos Leon and Richard Wiles, all in a position to investigate and prosecute public corruption in the city have yet to step forward and account for their lack of action in the many corruption scandals of the city. All three were named in the courts of inquiry.

Coincidence?

Tomorrow I’ll connect some dots for you about the city public corruption that El Paso’s fearless leaders pretend doesn’t exist because, as you know “it’s all good”.

30 thoughts on “The El Paso Courts of Inquiry: Nine Years Later

  1. Corruption cases, even at the state and local level, are always the purview of federal law enforcement agencies, because federal statutes give them better tools to prosecute offenders. That’s why Lorenzo Garcia was charged in federal court for crimes committed entirely in Texas — there’s no local or state wire fraud statute. So before you indict local law enforcement for not doing their jobs in El Paso, start closer to your home: Give the FBI office in Orlando a call and ask them why the mayors of Homestead, Fla., Sweetwater, Fla., and Miami Lakes, Fla., are all being prosecuted in federal court instead of local or state court. They’ll tell you it’s for the same reason.

    Also, the El Paso Times was under the “tutelage” of Don Flores in 2004, not Bob Moore. If you’re going to criticize the newspaper, fine. But the various regimes there (Flores, Lopez, Moore) are as different as those on city council (Caballero, Cook and Leeser), despite what your source, Theresa Caballero, thinks. She’s just upset that no one at the Times will let her get away with any of her shenanigans or histrionics. Here’s a fun exercise: Have any other lawyers in El Paso been sanctioned by the state for their poor lawyering more than Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds?

    1. Anson, as you will see tomorrow when I lay out a timeline of public corruption in El Paso, Jaime Esparza has already attempted to investigate one public corruption case albeit one that was politically motivated because the attempt to prosecute Regina Arditti did not interfere with the Caballero-Rodriguez-Shapleigh public policy agenda that dominates today. Esparza lost that case. The notion that only the federal government can investigate public corruption is a deception being perpetuated by those trying to keep the façade that “It’s all good El Paso”. The federal government stepped in because federal monies were involved and the local dominant judiciary was either too incompetent or unable to do their job for whatever reason. As a matter of fact, I’m even going to point out what fundamentaly changed at the FBI that seems to have led to a change in investigative focus. Also, drug crimes are federal and state and the state prosecutes some of those cases. Likewise a bribe is a criminal offense at the federal and state levels. The county and the city lost local taxpayer funds to public corruption, not just federal monies.

      There was evidence presented in the Larry Medina sentencing hearing that alludes to him participating in bribery at the city. In this particular case there is no double jeopardy because Medina pleaded guilty to county corruption not city and evidence exists in the court docket to get the investigation started. Why hasn’t Jaime Esparza’s office asked the federal government for a copy of the investigative documents they have on the Larry Medina case? I know you’ll argue the time honored propaganda that it is becasue it is still an open investigation. However, could it possibly be because prosecuting Larry Medina would open up a Pandora ’s Box for Susie Byrd, Ray Caballero and Veronica Escobar? They were in position to benefit from Larry Medina’s political activities when he was at the city.

      As for Bob Moore, he started working for the El Paso Times in 1986. He worked through 2005 when he left. He came back in 2011. You’ll see those dots connect on my timeline tomorrow as well.

      Here’s an idea, instead of trying to perpetuate the myths why not dissect what I post with facts? If I’m wrong then it wouldn’t be too difficult to prove I’m wrong with facts. Instead you focus on attacking the messenger or deflecting the message with innuendo or propaganda. Is it because “it’s all good” instead of “it’s all corrupt” as the propaganda tries to portray?

      How about you prove me wrong with facts?
      Martín

      1. Facts like Don Flores was the editor of the El Paso Times in 2004? You don’t seem to handle facts well, Martin. Bob Moore may have worked at the Times in 2004, but so did a lot of people, included your nemesis Jay Koester. But Mr. Flores was the editor, not Mr. Moore or Mr. Koester. Go back to connecting the dots in your kindergarten workbook.

      2. Again, deflection because I did not write that Bob Moore was the editor, instead I have implied numerous times that Bob Moore influenced the coverage of the El Paso Times during the periods in question as evidenced by how the paper acted when he was not there.

        By the way, it’s kind of strange you would refer to yourself in the third-person Jay, oops “Anson Fan”. You would know what I mean about Bob as you were also part of his blunt public disinformation campaign while you were at the paper. And apparently you are still attempting to distort the reality with disinformation. The problem for propaganda is that eventually the truth emerges.

        Try again,
        Martin

      3. How’s the weather in Florida? Since you’re not in El Paso, I’ll let you know it’s been a little chilly here. I know you can’t really gague for yourself since you have no connection to El Paso.

      4. Jay, I realize you are not a techie so here’s a little advice for you. If you are going to attempt to deflect attention away from the point I am making by creating an illusion you might want to learn a little about how IP addresses work. If you want to pretend to be numerous individuals try using the same name on the same internet connection each time and not use your real name on the one you are using to create the illusion. It is a dead giveaway. How about sticking to the facts?

        Yes, you are right I do not live in El Paso. There is a reason for that and it has to do with the city’s rampant corruption. However I still pay city and county taxes in El Paso. I also have business interests there. On top of that I have a substantial investment in Cd. Juárez. As such, the El Paso corruption affects me directly and therefore I am entitled to comment on it. Moreover since when does my right to comment on public policy wherever it may be gets voided by you? You, who is working in journalism should know that. Of course that would mean you would have the integrity of a journalist.

        Again, facts please.
        Martin

      5. Or maybe some of us work on Ft. Bliss, and the DoD only spits out one IP address to the outside world? Hmm… No, judging purely by coincidence instead of fact is more your style.

      6. “Not Jay”, again an attempt to deflect from the central argument through propaganda will not work. I never wrote anything about Fort Bliss IP addresses therefore you are either Jay or are acting on his behalf because your post conveniently happens in response to mine during working hours. You insinuate that I do not have the knowledge to interpret and analyze information. You do realize that the more information you provide me the easier it is for me to connect your dots?

        Thanks for the entertainment although I’m starting to get bored if that’s the best you can do,
        Martín

      7. You previously wrote that Jay works at Ft. Bliss. So do I. But unlike you, I *am* a techie and know that to an outsider, my IP address looks the same as many of the other 60,000 people working on Ft. Bliss. Same as if you are on Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon, Cricket, etc., etc., etc. They’re called gateway nodes. These days, IP addresses can no more identify an individual than can you identify the people behind the aliases on your sites comments.

      8. I’m not going to argue the intricacies of IP addresses with you. You presume to know how I know what I know and therefore we can argue this ad nauseam. I stand by my statements.
        Martín

      9. And I stand by mine. You don’t know who I am. And you can’t prove I’m Jay either. Because I’m not.

  2. henry plumber, jay, anson fan, why dont you go write about the “naked harem” again since that was the only blog article that was of ever any interest when you were at the times. after that they killed your blog. wonder why ?

  3. Facts …
    –Martin writes: “I still pay city and county taxes in El Paso.” According to epcad.org, no one named Martin Paredes, or M Paredes, has owned property in El Paso since at least 2010.
    –Martin claims Jay Koester is capable of setting up the online operation of an entire newspaper to do the bidding of the horde, shrewdly guiding news updates and blogs to successfully put a choice select few in positions of power and also coercing an entire city to label as “crazies” those who would challenge said horde.
    –Martin writes that this same Jay Koester is “not a techie.”
    –Martin lauds the court of inquiry of 2003 as the “beginning of exposing the rampant corruption many talked about.” The court of inquiry closed with no arrest warrants issued.

    1. Fact: There are many sources of tax revenues flowing into the city and the county. Not only have I incurred and paid property taxes on real estate property I have also paid numerous other taxes such a franchise, telecommunications, sales through my business and personal activities in the city. Almost every purchase, sale, property or inventory item that is not necessarily under my personal name pays an activity tax that flows to the county, the city, the school districts and the hospital districts. Since it all comes out of my wallet then I am paying taxes in El Paso.

      Fact: I claimed that Jay Koester is a “useful idiot” working on behalf of the horde. According to Wikepedia, a “useful idiot” is a term for “people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause”. Nowhere have I written that Jay Koester, has the wherewithal to “set up the online operation of an entire newspaper”. In fact I have written that he was the instrument by which those demanding justice in the corrupt city were attacked by the paper, which in my opinion, was somehow condoned if not outright orchestrated by Bob Moore. By the way, I first heard about “useful idiots” from my studies on Soviet propaganda.

      Fact: I stand by my written statement that Jay is not a “techie”.

      Fact: Again disinformation. I can point to two very poignant cases that factually show that the US criminal system is imperfect and sometimes outright corrupt. Or, have you forgotten OJ Simpson or Casey Anthony? You ignore a very important fact about the US judicial system that by its very nature does not determine innocence but instead determines that a crime was committed based on the preponderance of the evidence. People are not found innocent in court as innocence is presumed. People are found guilty in court.

      Writing that no arrest warrants were issued is not only a lie as Dean Kinder was arrested and convicted based on one of the courts of inquiry but also ignores the fundamental truth about US jurisprudence.

      You are welcome to try again, if you like however limit yourself to one pseudonym.
      Martín

      1. 1.) There are indeed many sources of tax revenues. If you have paid property taxes, there is no record of them on epcad.org. If you’re helping a relative, a business partner or a significant other pay property taxes, that doesn’t necessarily make you a taxpayer. That’s like Junior kicking some money to mom for her mortgage while he lives with her. Many have harped on you for this point in recent weeks. You could easily put their claims to rest by disclosing your financial matters with regard to El Paso and El Paso County. But what’s that you say? Your personal emails and financial statements are private and no one else’s business? You’d be right. But that’d make your repeated calls for others to disclose theirs wrong.

        2.) You never claimed Jay Koester has the wherewithal to set up the Times’ online operation? “In 2006, Jay Koester became the local paper’s first online editor. As part of his job at the paper, Koester setup and managed the daily’s initial social media outlet.” Granted, you’re specific in stating social media outlet. But are you suggesting Jay was smart enough to handle a stable of blogs, Facebook and Twitter efforts, text blasts, podcasts and app maintenance, yet somehow was too inept to do anything with the website? Sounds like an opinion to me. You admit your contention that Bob Moore somehow pushed Jay to attack certain people is also an opinion. As such, these aren’t facts. To include them in your bullet points labeled as fact doesn’t make them so. Who is spreading the disinformation here?

        3.) I suppose this is a fact. You do seem to strangely stand by your contradictory assertion.

        4.) In one breath, the U.S. criminal system is imperfect and sometimes outright corrupt. In the next, the system is just because Dean Kinder was arrested. You want to pick and choose tidbits of information to make yourself feel better? Fine. But the effectiveness of the justice system is of no consequence here. You very specifically stated, in the very first sentence of this blog nonetheless, “… signed the order convening the first Court of Inquiry.” FIRST. That was indeed the one in which Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds worked on behalf of Nancy Hollebeke. No arrest warrants were issued against officers Albert Machorro or Jose Garcia at the closing of that case in June 2004. I feel this bears repeating: NO ARREST WARRANTS were issued against officers Albert Machorro or Jose Garcia at the closing of that case in June 2004. That’s a matter of public record. Dean Kinder’s arrest occurred a full three years later as a result of a separate court of inquiry requested by Cecilio Soto. If you want to give Theresa Caballero credit for this, go right ahead. But his arrest certainly didn’t result from that first court of inquiry. I won’t hold my breath for a retraction on your contention that this is a lie.

      2. You obviously have no intention of having a rational exchange of ideas. Therefore let me make it very simple for you. I paid taxes in 2013 directly to the city, the county, the school districts and the hospital district. I have no family, relative or significant other in El Paso. The taxes I paid came directly from my pocket from money I earned and for property and business activities I outright and directly owned. There is no ambiguity there.

        As for disclosing my personal financial information to you it is not even open for debate because I have never asked for anyone to disclose their personal or business financial statements unless they directly pertain to the use of public property to include taxpayer monies.

        Although you allude to it however you do not directly state it you are likely referring to me demanding that Steve Ortega release the emails that properly belong to the taxpayers’ of the community. Again there is no longer any ambiguity there because by partially releasing some of his private emails not only has Steve Ortega acknowledged that they rightfully belong in the public realm he has also acknowledged that documents in his possession regardless of where they reside that pertain to the city’s business belong to the community.

        Now to be crystal clear and unambiguous there is no law or doctrine that limits my ability to opine on the matter of El Paso Texas regardless of my financial contributions to the city or my citizenship to the country. Therefore your illusion that I should somehow limit my commentary because of whether I live or not live, or my contributions to the tax base clearly demonstrate that you want only individuals with your point of view to comment on El Paso politics. Unfortunately for you in a free society it is not only incumbent on the people to demand accountability for the actions of the government it is also their responsibility to keep government in check in order to maintain the society free of oppression.

        I realize that such a concept might be alien to you however rest assured that whether you agree that I should comment or not does not matter to me and I will continue to expose the corruption many like you wish to keep hidden.

        I am not retracting anything and I stand behind everything I have written. Whether you like it or not is immaterial to me. I appreciate that you spend so much time on my blog for someone that finds my material inaccurate or inconsequential. That simple fact encourages me to continue doing what I do because obviously it is having an effect with you.

        Continue to enjoy my writings however I will no longer play your game of going back and forth on your opinion versus my own. As long as you are respectful you are free to continue to comment on the veracity of my commentary.

        Martín

      3. Martin, you confuse anger with power and bluster with strength. You spit vitriol about so many without a shard of evidence against any of them. But anyone with serious questions about your antics only receives a convoluted diatribe about something that skews off topic. Thanks for the dismissal. Now you don’t have to face facts and can continue not exposing anything. Toodles.

  4. Martín, you are allergic to facts. There are none in this post, nor in your reply to my comment — just suppositions, unfounded allegations and misinformed rantings based on the skewed and biased view of your source, Theresa Caballero.

    So, let’s consider the source. Let’s do lay out the facts, instead of your hagiography.

    Fact: Theresa Caballero has been sanctioned by courts, the bar and the state for her outrageously unprofessional conduct more than any other lawyer in El Paso.

    Fact: Theresa Caballero has an axe to grind against nearly everybody in the county who doesn’t agree with her, including (and perhaps especially) her father, former mayor Ray Caballero.

    Fact: Theresa Caballero’s outright hatred for her father (their public exchanges at city council meetings are legendary) is surpassed only by that for the El Paso Times… except for the editor there whom she was dating until he was reassigned out of town (not Bob Moore, by the way, lol).

    Fact: Stymied by the electorate, who hasn’t voted for her in any of the elections she’s run as a candidate, she is now enlisting the aid of the few people left who haven’t completely written off her antics — including now an easily swayed blogger from Orlando — to allege that the entire city is run by a corrupt horde, a secret cabal, the Illuminati or Knights Templar.

    You never addressed the crux of my argument, that the feds have jurisdiction over public corruption as a matter of course. You also routinely promise to “connect the dots.” Yet, all you do is vomit out a series of disconnected narratives that are never backed up with proof. You continue to confuse the term “exhaustive” with “exhausting” and naturally assume anyone who finds fault with your D-level prose to be a part of the conspiracy.

    We’ll, I’m not part of the conspiracy. (I’m also not Jay, Henry Plumber, Balmorhea, Rotten Peppers, or any of the other pseudonyms here.) But I do care about the truth and having innocent people painted with an overly broad brush — that everyone who disagrees with you is corrupt. That is wrong, and you should know better, Martín.

    1. Anson (Jay),

      I believe that everyone that reads my blog understands you dislike Theresa Caballero very much. However let’s set the record straight because as always you like to create illusions instead of focusing on the facts. As of a few minutes ago the Texas Bar lists Theresa Caballero as “eligible to practice” therefore she is an attorney in good standing.

      If Theresa challenging public corruption and political malfeasance bothers you so be it. You are free to like and dislike individuals as you wish. I’m equally free to opine on what I see as corruption or wrongdoing in the community, in any community. I am also free to disagree on public policy as I wish.

      I understand that my posts may seem exhausting to you however you spend a lot of time trying to attack my message, however you must not read for comprehension because I clearly wrote that a bribe is a bribe in either state or federal court. Jaime Esparza can and in my opinion should investigate bribes at the county which includes the city. That is a fact.

      If you don’t agree with me so be it. I do not write for you and I don’t expect everyone to agree. In fact there are commenters who have specifically written that they take what I write with a “grain of salt”. And some have also written that they appreciate my detailed posts. Guess what? I get excited when someone doesn’t take my writings as fact and I get even more excited when they challenge the veracity of what I write with knowledgeable and articulate criticisms because it forces me to do better.

      Growing up in Mexico I realized long ago that corruption is not just the notion of a monetary or “favor” quid pro quo. Public corruption in my opinion is cashing a taxpayer check while not doing the job you are supposed to do. I have written this numerous times. If someone who is cashing a government paycheck is not doing their job, in my opinion then I have every right to point it out. Or, is commenting on political affairs only reserved for you?

      Then again; “you should know better” betrays your bias against me and my right to express myself.

      As this is my blog, you are more than welcome to challenge my assertions and I welcome it. However these are my writings and my opinions and therefore I am asking you to focus on what I write and not on what you perceive Theresa Caballero to be or not to be. She is my friend and I will not allow you to disparage her. Disagree with me all you want and as long as you are respectful you are welcome to opine here all you want.
      Martín

    2. Martín (Jay [are we all Jay now?]),

      Again, I’m not Jay. I do enjoy his blog, and I do enjoy his comments here. But last I heard, he’s in Korea, and I doubt even someone of his admirable skills can bilocate. Besides, I doubt he knows as much Latin as I’m about to write.

      In reference to your reply, which I note doesn’t attempt to directly counter any of the facts I presented, I’ll go paragraph by paragraph.

      1. You are succumbing to the ignoratio elenchi fallacy, or irrelevant conclusion. Whether Theresa Caballero is currently able to practice law is irrelevant to the fact I stated: no other lawyer in El Paso has been sanctioned for his or her professional conduct more than she has.

      2. Straw man fallacy. I never said challenging political corruption wasn’t admirable. But doing so without proof is just rumor-mongering and maleficence, whether you do it or your good friend, Theresa Caballero, does.

      3. “Jaime Esparza can and in my opinion should investigate bribes at the county which includes the city. That is a fact.” Well, which is it? Your opinion or a fact? Do you know what a fact is? Or has your relationship with Theresa Caballero so confounded your ability to tell the difference between the two?

      4. I get excited too whenever you write. I can’t wait to see who is feeding you bad information to post because they aren’t willing to do the job themselves or have already lost all credibility.

      5. What about the private citizens you drag through your muck? You are always complaining about Bob Moore, who is not an elected official. Yet, you still haven’t produced a shred of evidence to prove he’s part of this vast conspiracy. Did he make any money off the sale of the Times building? No. Was he in a position to suppress news coverage before he became editor? No. Has he since? No. Do you have any idea how the Times editorial or business operations are set up? No.

      6. Express yourself, Martín. Just don’t embarrass yourself.

      7. I have not disparaged her nor will I. I am merely stating the facts about who is clearly your source for this fascinating “special report” of yours. Make whatever assertions you want. Just “show your math” as to how you got there. But you haven’t yet, so I don’t think you’re about to start now.

      1. Anson (Jay),

        Ok here we go:

        You are succumbing to the ignoratio elenchi fallacy, or irrelevant conclusion. Whether Theresa Caballero is currently able to practice law is irrelevant to the fact I stated: no other lawyer in El Paso has been sanctioned for his or her professional conduct more than she has.

        My answer: we disagree on Theresa Caballero and therefore there is no need to discuss her further.

        Straw man fallacy. I never said challenging political corruption wasn’t admirable. But doing so without proof is just rumor-mongering and maleficence, whether you do it or your good friend, Theresa Caballero, does.

        My answer: We would not be having this argument if there was a smoking gun. I write in an attempt to connect as many dots as I can. That is my prerogative. To be clear I do it for myself.

        “Jaime Esparza can and in my opinion should investigate bribes at the county which includes the city. That is a fact.” Well, which is it? Your opinion or a fact? Do you know what a fact is? Or has your relationship with Theresa Caballero so confounded your ability to tell the difference between the two?

        My answer: “in my opinion” means that he should be investigating the public corruption cases. As for the fact that he “can” investigate public corruption cases I offer the following three examples. In 2009 he stated that he “could have prosecuted” Manny Barraza for public corruption however he let the Federal prosecutor do it. Esparza unsuccessfully prosecuted Betti Flores for public corruption in regards to 18 campaign contributions. Esparza also threatened to file charges against Manny Ramirez in the 1990’s for holding an office that he was not entitled to because he did not live in the district.

        I get excited too whenever you write. I can’t wait to see who is feeding you bad information to post because they aren’t willing to do the job themselves or have already lost all credibility.

        My answer: I want to be perfectly clear: what I write I write as an expression of my own thoughts, concepts and ideas based on my own research. I do not write on anyone’s behalf or for anyone. Every word under my name is strictly my own doing.

        What about the private citizens you drag through your muck? You are always complaining about Bob Moore, who is not an elected official. Yet, you still haven’t produced a shred of evidence to prove he’s part of this vast conspiracy. Did he make any money off the sale of the Times building? No. Was he in a position to suppress news coverage before he became editor? No. Has he since? No. Do you have any idea how the Times editorial or business operations are set up? No.

        My answer: To be clear I do not have proof however I believe that Bob Moore either directly directed or influenced Daniel Borunda to write an attack piece on me that was printed on the front page, above the fold of the El Paso Times in order to protect a felon who is sitting in jail today for public corruption: Larry Medina. Borunda spent almost a month coming to my office, calling me on the telephone all under the pretext of doing a piece on the innovations my company was doing on the Internet. What was published was nothing more than an attack piece insinuating criminal behavior on my part for the use of an old thermal fax machine worth less than $20 on a good day for the recall of Larry Medina. I had nothing to do with the recall of Medina other than to be the “publisher” of an online political paper. Up until that moment my only interest was showing the power of the Internet to drive more business. As a result of that yellow journalism I believed then as I believe now that the El Paso Times is an unethical newspaper and that Bob Moore is just as unethical, and probably worse. And before you respond, yes I write out of anger and I have written blogs about that. In fact the reason for my blog is directly a result of that one event.

        Use the search feature of my blog and you will see many instances of where I point out Bob Moore’s and the El Paso Times’ continued unethical behavior.

        Express yourself, Martín. Just don’t embarrass yourself.

        My answer: I will continue to express myself as I please.

        I have not disparaged her nor will I. I am merely stating the facts about who is clearly your source for this fascinating “special report” of yours. Make whatever assertions you want. Just “show your math” as to how you got there. But you haven’t yet, so I don’t think you’re about to start now.

        My answer: my source is my own research. It is that simple.
        Martín

    3. Anson,

      You state ” … the feds have jurisdiction over public corruption as a matter of course.” Public corruption cases may end up in federal court but local law enforcement as well as attorneys and citizens have avenues to report abuse.

      I know first-hand of a corrupt judge in another county in Texas who was finally removed from the bench and disbarred after many citizens (myself included) and attorneys reported him.

      One may disagree with the tactics they use, but Ms. Caballero and Mr. Leeds are two of precious few attorneys in town who are willing to stand up to the El Paso political machines.

      Sorry, but federal-only investigation of public corruption would be like letting the fox guard the hen house.

      1. Balmo, are you talking about Judge Abel Limas in Brownsville? If I so, you’re right that the judge was removed under state statutes that govern state offices, including judgeships. But he was arrested and tried by the feds, not local law enforcement.

        My original point stands: Martín is taking local law enforcement to task for not investigating public corruption when it’s not their job. The feds have far more resources and laws at their disposal to investigate and prosecute public corruption than Jaime Esparza does. The FBI even has a whole division devoted to it.

        As for Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds, I will grant you that no other lawyers are as independent as they are and thus able to rail against “the system.” But I posit that’s because they’ve alienated nearly everyone by their appalling behavior in court.

  5. At least someone has the courage to speak up about the local government corruption. Those that don’t like it are part of the problem and will be ruled like feudal servants. In El Paso a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.

    Go Packers

  6. Anson,

    No, it wasn’t in Brownsville. This judge was removed by local authorities.

    Please tell me how federal authorities get their information if its not from local authorities.

      1. The judge I’m speaking of needed to be removed from the bench before he did further harm to citizens. The harm he did was within the judicial system. He was not arrested. Technically there was no felony, but he was corrupt.

        So I looked at the FBI website you linked to. The only avenue I see there to report judicial or other abuse is through a citizen “tip” reported on the FBi website. Sorry, that’s just not enough. Surely you don’t think the FBI is part of our system of justice. The FBI is enforcement. There must be avenues within the judicial system to deal with abuse, such as the Court of Inquiry.

  7. Hmmm..people can play the cat and mouse game all they want but there is always an ip way to find you:) Even on fort bliss:))

    So many attorneys at DA’s (County and City) should be investigating corrupting in high places instead of meeting quotas till punch time.

    1. Birdie (Martín),

      You won’t find me, Birdie. Whether on Ft. Bliss or not. Whether you think you know my IP or not. :))))))

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