Trump Deploys Border Patrol Against Citizens

There is rising controversy in Portland, Oregon where U.S. citizens are being detained by law enforcement in unmarked vehicles and little to no insignia on their uniforms. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has admitted to being one of the agencies involved in arresting protesters in Oregon. According to CBP’s website, its function is to… Read More Trump Deploys Border Patrol Against Citizens

Open Records Show Reasons for the Termination of Steve Norwood

On October 9, 2015, I submitted an open records request to the county commissioners asking for communications and documents in regards to Steve Norwood’s termination as the county’s first County Administrator. A frequent reader that wishes to remain anonymous had suggested that I submit the request. On Monday, November 3, 2015, I received about 130… Read More Open Records Show Reasons for the Termination of Steve Norwood

Why Is It Acceptable to Tell a Property Owner What To Do With Their Property?

Since when did it become acceptable in the United States to dictate what a property owner can and cannot do with their real estate? The ongoing debate about the historical designation of downtown El Paso has forced me to ask this question once again. However, this is a question I’ve been asking myself for years… Read More Why Is It Acceptable to Tell a Property Owner What To Do With Their Property?

A Simple Solution to Municipal Identification Cards

Today I want to clear up some misconceptions about the municipal identification cards and their ties to immigration issues. As expected, those opposed to the municipal identification cards have tied the issue directly to immigration, while the proponents to the identification cards have tried their best to keep immigration out of the equation. The problem… Read More A Simple Solution to Municipal Identification Cards

What Google Teaches Us About The Dangers of Passive Personality Principle

Unbeknownst to many, there is a legal principal known as the “Passive Personality Principle” that some countries have begun to apply as a result of worldwide problems of terrorism and transnational criminal organizations. A few weeks ago, the European Court of Justice, the European Union’s highest court, indirectly applied this doctrine in ruling that Google… Read More What Google Teaches Us About The Dangers of Passive Personality Principle

Presumption of Innocence is a Fallacy in American Jurisprudence: The Aaron Hernandez Case

One of the things that has always bothered me about the American jurisprudence system is the notion that the accused are presumed innocent. The fallacy of this notion starts from the moment the accused is chained from hands to ankles, like a criminal, and made to stagger into the court room. The recent events surrounding… Read More Presumption of Innocence is a Fallacy in American Jurisprudence: The Aaron Hernandez Case

John Cook’s Request for Legal Expenses Reimbursement and El Paso Times Incompetence

As most of you already know, on Tuesday, July 23, 2012, city council voted unanimously to deny John Cook’s claim for his legal fees. As is the process when filing a claim against the municipality, John Cook now has the option to file a lawsuit against the city. As part of my questions with John… Read More John Cook’s Request for Legal Expenses Reimbursement and El Paso Times Incompetence

The Dee Margo Affair

On May 8, 2013, KVIA reporter, Matt Dougherty shed more light on El Paso Police Officer Alberto Machorro’s road-rage incident with Dee Margo back in September of 2012. Some have speculated that this incident led to Margo’s reelection loss to Joe Moody. Was this incident a conspiracy? As with all conspiracies the evidence is circumstantial,… Read More The Dee Margo Affair

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

Tomorrow is a Day of Action for all those that oppose censorship; SOPA is censorship

On January 24, 2012, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate and a similar bill is pending before the House of Representatives. Both, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and PROTECT-IP (PIPA) in the Senate are misguided attempts to deal with online intellectual property theft. Unfortunately their approach is draconian… Read More Tomorrow is a Day of Action for all those that oppose censorship; SOPA is censorship