Defense Attorneys Live to Fight Another Day

After six days of trial battling charges of contempt, prominent defense attorneys Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds can breathe a sigh of relief. Visiting Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner, a jurist in Bexar County, on Saturday decided that the two attorneys will not have to pay any fines and will not face any jail time after finding… Read More Defense Attorneys Live to Fight Another Day

Closing Arguments in Contempt Trial Ongoing

El Paso defense attorneys Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero were in the process of delivering their closing statements in their contempt trial Saturday morning when the prosecution asked for a brief break. The prosecutor, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza, is expected to begin his closing argument following the conclusion of attorney Caballero’s summation after… Read More Closing Arguments in Contempt Trial Ongoing

Judge Smith Testifies Attorneys Disrespectful, Biased

Judge Steve Smith, of College Station, testified Friday that attorneys Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds were the ones who were racist and disrespectful during the trial of Judge Regina Arditti, who was found not guilty. Judge Smith testified that emails Leeds and Caballero sent him were, first, improper and, second, contemptuous. “They brought disrespect to… Read More Judge Smith Testifies Attorneys Disrespectful, Biased

Judge Will Testify as Witnesses Continue to Give Evidence

The prosecutor in the contempt trial of two, prominent El Paso defense attorneys announced today that Judge Steve Smith will testify as a rebuttal witness in the proceedings he initiated. Visiting Judge Smith, of the College Station area, filed the contempt complaint against attorneys Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds alleging they were confrontational, disrespectful and… Read More Judge Will Testify as Witnesses Continue to Give Evidence

Surprise Rebuttal Prosecution Witness Expected

District Attorney Henry Garza, of Bell County, announced Thursday that he is calling to the witness stand Judge Steve Smith, a visiting judge who filed the contempt charges against El Paso defense attorneys Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds. Judge Smith accused Leeds and Caballero of contempt, saying they were disrespectful to the court and rude… Read More Surprise Rebuttal Prosecution Witness Expected

Contempt Trial Having a Chilling Effect on Legal System

The outcome in the contempt trial of two prominent El Paso defense attorneys, which continued Wednesday, will scare and stop defense attorneys from doing their jobs, say legal experts. The contempt trial, which has the entire legal community on edge, has become something of a window into the very essence, the business end of what… Read More Contempt Trial Having a Chilling Effect on Legal System

Contempt Trial ‘Upside Down,’ Say Attorneys

Two high-profile, El Paso defense attorneys on trial for contempt say they believe they are not receiving a fair and impartial hearing. “You read the record before it was introduced,” a surprised Theresa Caballero asked Visiting Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner shortly after the proceedings began Tuesday. “You are the fact finder in this case, and we… Read More Contempt Trial ‘Upside Down,’ Say Attorneys

State, Defense Rest Cases

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against accused Judge Regina Arditti, who has been indicted on allegations she used her position as an elected official to benefit herself, her family and others. Defense attorneys, after returning from a lunch break, promptly rested their case without calling a single witness. The defense has repeatedly turned prosecution witnesses… Read More State, Defense Rest Cases

State’s Key Witness Returns

Attorney David Beagas was called to the stand Tuesday to again testify in the trial of Judge Regina Arditti. Beagas testified he had personal knowledge of the alleged agreement between the two judges. He said convicted Judge Manny Barraza’s sister revealed the plot at a meeting.

State Bogs Down Trial With Paperwork

The state introduced more than 25 documents Moday in the trial of Judge Regina Arditti. The paperwork is mainly job applications and job openings the court’s Human Resources Department needs to fulfill its policies. The state appears to be laying the groundwork for Judge Arditti hiring staff improperly.

Judge’s Son To Take Stand

The prosecution called accused Judge Regina Arditt’s son to the witness stand Friday but he was not present. Defense attorney Theresa Caballero explain in court that Judge Arditti’s son was asked to appear in court on May 2, but served the document on May 3. The trial of Judge Arditti is on its 4th day.

Courthouse Culture

Judges are afraid of the District Attorney’s Office, a prosecution witness testified Thursday in the trial of Judge Regina Arditti. That alleged power to intimidate is part of what a defense attorney described as the culture of the courthouse. “It is a cesspool,” she said, adding that gossip runs rampant and often innocent people are… Read More Courthouse Culture

Testimony Dishonest, Riddled with Hearsay

Witnesses for the prosecution in the Judge Regina Arditti trial stumbled under hard-nosed questioning from the defense, admitting to lying to law enforcement officials and alleging sworn affidavits were incorrect. David Beagas, who testified in federal court against convicted former Judge Manuel Barraza, admitted during questioning Wednesday in the District Courthouse that he lied to… Read More Testimony Dishonest, Riddled with Hearsay

Prosecution Witness An Enigma

The prosecution’s key witness in the Judge Arditti trial has twice admitted he lied to law enforement officers. The witness, who testified in the federal trail against convicted Judge Barraza, continues answering questions under cross examination. The trail is expected to continue until 6:30 p.m. according to the judge handling the trail.  

Prosecutors Request Defense Removal, Sanctions

The defense in the Judge Regina Aditti trial almost wasn’t. Following a bitterly contested opening statement from the defense Tuesday morning, prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Office made a motion to have defense attorneys Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds removed from the case. Joe Monsivais, assistant district attorney, described the trial thus far as “quickly… Read More Prosecutors Request Defense Removal, Sanctions