The problem with a city, like El Paso, which relies on creating illusions of reality, is that the inconvenient truth always comes out. Many of you are aware of the video of Sgt. James Brown that has been circulating on social media and on the national news circuit the last few days. It is poignantly… Read More The Death of James Brown Exposes El Paso Dirty Secret
“You can get a ham sandwich indicted”. When I first heard that statement, I didn’t really understand the magnitude of that simple, yet profound statement. Like most people, I have a very simplistic understanding of the legal system mainly drawn from television shows like Law & Order. In 2004, I started to get more interested… Read More Indicting a Ham Sandwich
When the Courts of Inquiry were first announced in 2004 the first thing the corruptors did was to create the illusion that those alleging police misconduct were “police haters”, “criminals” or had “monetary motives” for making the allegations. Many rejoiced when the system resulted in one criminal referral because in their mind it vindicated the… Read More El Paso Law Enforcement Conduct
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… Read More The El Paso Courts of Inquiry: Nine Years Later
The following is a guest post by Judge Richard A. Roman “When two elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled” – African proverb. “A sitting Texas judge faces a rare court of inquiry reviewing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in a 25 year jail sentence before the defendant was exonerated.” (National Public Radio). “Today, a… Read More The Courts of Inquiry and El Paso Public Corruption
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?
In response to the motion filed by attorneys Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero seeking his removal, appointed Attorney Pro Tem for the Hollebeke Court of Inquiry filed a response March 25, 2004. In his response, Alcala addresses two of the three concerns addressed by the Caballero-Leeds motion and conveniently forgets the last and most important… Read More Alcala Responds to Criticism
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
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
On Tuesday January 20, 2004, in a court room in our community, Judge Richard Roman of the 346th District Court found that probable cause exists that a crime has been committed against the State of Texas thus starting the roller coaster looking into allegations of malfeasance and corruption in our community. The main alleged culprits… Read More First There Was One, Then Two and Now Possibly Seven
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
SPECIAL REPORT – In a surreal moment, District Attorney Jaime Esparza found himself seated on the criminal defense side of the courtroom as he sat and listened to Judge Ables rule that there is sufficient probable cause to find that a crime has been committed against the State of Texas. On the twelfth floor of… Read More Jaime Esparza Finds Himself on the Other Side of the Courtroom
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
Things are stating to intensify in the inquiry into the allegations against the District Attorney’s office and the Police Department. Interestingly the allegations have brought forth others relating stories of their own experiences with Jaime Esparza. It will be interesting to see if any new allegations are levied in the upcoming days as some individuals… Read More And the Saga Continues…
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
A request to look into this very important question was filed in District Court yesterday and a hearing was held this morning. On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, El Paso attorneys, Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero, filed an affidavit with Judge Richard Roman of the 346th Judicial District Court of El Paso county, outlining their reasons… Read More Is Our Legal System Corrupt?