In a Normal City Luis Aguilar Wouldn’t Be Elected

Author’s note: This post reproduces public documents verbatim that contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

elpasovotesYesterday I shared with you a dossier on Luis Aguilar who is seeking reelection as judge of the 243th District Court. As much as I wanted to comment on Luis Aguilar, I forced myself to keep the dossiers separate from my commentary. Aguilar previously held the judgeship of the 120th District Court. He lost to Maria Salas-Mendoza (45%) in a three-way race between them and Jesus R. Herrera (22%) on March 7, 2006.

How someone like Luis Aguilar can be elected a judge is beyond me. However, his election with the support of the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper may explain why El Paso’s leadership is so corrupt-laden.

In 2005, the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a Public Sanction to Luis Aguilar. The Public Reprimand (CJC No. 04-0058-DI), dated December 21, 2004 stated the following Findings of Fact. According to the affidavits attached to the finding,

“Aguilar made derogatory remarks and gestures of a sexual nature about women, including female judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and others with whom the judge deals in his official capacity”. According to the write-up most of the comments were made in the “judge’s chambers or offices, but in the presence of court staff”.

The reprimand adds that witnesses reported Aguilar using terms as “hot tamale”, “fucking bitch”, “fat pig”, “fucking lazy” and “stupid bitch” even referring “to one female judge as being ‘in heat’”.

The reprimand details a March 28, 2003 incident between himself and Assistant District Attorney Laura Franco Gregory. According to the reprimand, Luis Aguilar berated Gregory in public and added that Aguilar “was so out of control and full of rage” that Gregory “believed” he “was going to hit her”.

The Commission concluded that Luis Aguilar’s

“persistent use of derogatory, demeaning, and sexual remarks toward women, including female judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and others”, “lacked the patience, dignity and courtesy required of a judicial officer”.

Clearly, the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct found sufficient and compelling evidence to publicly reprimand one of its own.

As I pointed out above, Luis Aguilar lost his seat in the 120th District Court in 2006. A few years later, Luis Aguilar once again surfaced and ran for the 243rd District Court bench against Bill Hicks. El Paso voters elected him with 60% of the vote. In 2012, Aguilar beat Richard Contreras to retain the office.

During the 2012 election against Richard Contreras, Luis Aguilar was endorsed by the El Paso Police Department, The Sheriff’s Department, the El Paso Fire Department, the Westside Democrats and the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper.

Consider what the editorial board of the El Paso Times wrote;

“In his previous stint on the bench, Luis Aguilar was loud and sometimes crass”.

And, with that they endorsed him for office.

Reprehensible doesn’t even begin to define the paper’s endorsement and as bad as that was the fact remains that the electorate of the city continues to elect this individual into office. As long as people like Luis Aguilar are endorsed by the local paper and elected by the electorate El Paso will continue to remain stagnated in its own pool of corruption.