EPISO: Division of Church and State?

Author: Theresa Caballero On October 7, 2002, El Paso Commissioners Court held its weekly meeting. One of the items slated for action was consideration of how the county would dispense with some of our tax dollars. Naturally there were several groups and individuals present asking for funds for their particular projects. One of these groups… Read More EPISO: Division of Church and State?

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Why Should the Taxpayer Care About the Courts of Inquiry?

The Courts of Inquiry looking into the actions of the El Paso Police Department and the District Attorney has polarized the legal community into two different camps. Some in the community question why a Court of Inquiry and what underlining motive or agenda is driving these investigations. Of course the truth and the reality seem… Read More Why Should the Taxpayer Care About the Courts of Inquiry?

Attorneys Seek to Remove Court Appointed Attorney Pro Tem

On Monday, March 22, 2004, attorneys Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero filed a motion to replace Court Appointed Attorney Pro Temp Dick Alcala. Alcala was recently appointed by Judge Stephen B. Ables to conduct investigations for the first Court of Inquiry convened to investigate allegations of corruption against the El Paso Police Department and the… Read More Attorneys Seek to Remove Court Appointed Attorney Pro Tem

Judge Alvarez Swears In Prosecutor for Second Court of Inquiry

Yesterday morning, Judge Manny Alvarez of Criminal Court No. 5 in Dallas Texas swore in Edwin V. King as prosecutor for the Romelia Enriquez Court of Inquiry investigating District Attorney Jaime Esparza, his office, police officer Francisco Enriquez, her former husband and the actions of the Police Department. Judge Alvarez indicated that he was appointed… Read More Judge Alvarez Swears In Prosecutor for Second Court of Inquiry

Citizen’s Fighting Back Against DA Esparza: New Court of Inquiry Filed

At approximately 10:15 am on Thursday, February 12, 2004, Judge Roman of the 346th District Court signed on order requesting the convening of a second Court of Inquiry to investigate allegations against the District Attorney’s office and the El Paso Police Department. In less than 15-days, District Attorney Jaime Esparza finds himself the subject of… Read More Citizen’s Fighting Back Against DA Esparza: New Court of Inquiry Filed

If it Weren’t So Serious, It Would Make a Nice Reality Show

Tomorrow’s court hearing regarding the affidavit seeking to convene a Court of Inquiry to investigate wrongdoing in the city’s District Attorney and the Police Department is sure to present drama, but the reality is so insidious that the community, at the very least, should carefully consider the ramifications of the whole fiasco. On one hand… Read More If it Weren’t So Serious, It Would Make a Nice Reality Show

District Attorney Accused of Further Violations of the Law

On Friday, January 23, 2004, attorneys Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero filed a supplement to their Affidavit that further establishes probable cause that District Attorney Jaime Esparza has been abusing his position to mount a defense against the Court of Inquiry charged to investigate the District Attorney’s actions. According to the supplement, Jaime Esparza used… Read More District Attorney Accused of Further Violations of the Law

Legal Maneuvers Raises Serious Questions About the Integrity of the City’s Jurisprudence

The ongoing legal battle involving allegations of police abuse against a female detainee being waged in El Paso’s courts begins to expose the underbelly of legal tangles in our community that raises serious questions about the integrity of El Paso’s jurisprudence. In legal motions filed in court last week, the underbelly of the legal choreography… Read More Legal Maneuvers Raises Serious Questions About the Integrity of the City’s Jurisprudence

The Housing Authority: Of Complex Structures and Taxes or Is That Liens? – V of V

As has already been established, the Suncrest Townhomes continues to be a serious point of contention among the community and at City Council. Although, the Housing Authority of El Paso continues to portray the fallacy that this is just about some “disgruntled employees” and nothing else, the reality is that there is much more to… Read More The Housing Authority: Of Complex Structures and Taxes or Is That Liens? – V of V

The Housing Authority: Bidding Rights, It’s Only the Taxpayer’s Monies – IV of V

As if clustering and questions of insubordination aren’t enough to give rise to possible irregularities within the Housing Authority, the latest twist in this saga is the taxpayer’s expectation of best value for their money. The spokesperson for the El Paso Housing Authority, Al Velarde challenges the veracity of the allegations by consistently stating that… Read More The Housing Authority: Bidding Rights, It’s Only the Taxpayer’s Monies – IV of V

The Housing Authority: Insubordination – You Wouldn’t Let Your Employee Get Away With It, Or, Would You? – III of V

As significant as the “clustering” issue is in regards to the Housing Authority’s Suncrest Project, more serious and troubling aspects of this project continue to emerge. As a quasi-government agency, the Housing Authority operates as both a corporation and a government agency. Because of the use of taxpayer monies, the Housing Authority is more of… Read More The Housing Authority: Insubordination – You Wouldn’t Let Your Employee Get Away With It, Or, Would You? – III of V

The Housing Authority: Clustering, A Housing Authority Ignoring Its Stated Mandate – II of V

At the center of the Housing Authority controversy is a proposed 144-unit quadraplex project known as the Suncrest Townhomes. This proposed project is slated to be located near Sunland Park in a concentration of other low-income projects. The Suncrest Townhomes is a proposed partnership composed of local developer Ike Monte and the Housing Authority’s nonprofit… Read More The Housing Authority: Clustering, A Housing Authority Ignoring Its Stated Mandate – II of V

The Housing Authority: Rogue Agency Threatens El Paso – I of V

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso has been consistently the subject of negative public comment on the El Paso Forum and at City Hall. As is the case with most public agencies, there is usually one or two disgruntled former employees or public “rabble rousers” whose only intention is to serve their… Read More The Housing Authority: Rogue Agency Threatens El Paso – I of V

Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II

By Gerald Mangrum, El Paso Tribune What’s the big deal? The school district is providing funding so some very talented students can gain some experience in the real world and hone their sense of ethics by rubbing elbows with prominent citizens of El Paso. What’s wrong with that? In this article there will be more… Read More Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II

Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II

By Gerald Mangrum, El Paso Tribune This is a situation where there are more questions than answers. Unanswered questions left unanswered can fester into an open sore on the community. To help you understand the confusing maze of the Community Scholars Program and its connection to prominent people in this community via the Community Initiative… Read More Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II

Cuban Political Prisoners in the United States

Author: William Blum The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gave the defense team its “Against All Odds” award, named for a deceased public defender who championed hopeless causes. Defending pro-Castro Cubans in Miami, in a criminal case utterly suffused with political overtones, with the US government wholly determined to nail a bunch of commies,… Read More Cuban Political Prisoners in the United States

Election Analysis: Is El Paso Now a Two-Party County?

Author: Katherine LeChat Alejandro Burgos, Chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, was jubilant Election night while being interviewed by a local television reporter. By that time he and the rest of us who were watching election returns knew that the republicans had recaptured the U.S. Senate and Texas republicans had won all the… Read More Election Analysis: Is El Paso Now a Two-Party County?

The United States, Cuba and This Thing Called Democracy

Author: William Blum During the Clinton administration, the sentiment has been proclaimed on so manyoccasions by the president and other political leaders, and dutifully reiterated by the media, that the thesis: “Cuba is the only non-democracy in the Western Hemisphere” is now nothing short of received wisdom in the United States. Let us examine this… Read More The United States, Cuba and This Thing Called Democracy