UPDATE - January 03, 2009 - It's Official: A new Grand Jury will be empanelled to review the evidence presented by former DA Juan Guerra. It is not clear how much of the original case will be revived. Due to the Judge's order in December taking Guerra off the case, the county now has two prosecutors in the matter against Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Presiding Judge J. Manuel Baņales appointed a lawyer from a neighboring county as DA Pro-Tem, Alfredo Padilla insists he will review the evidence before the new grand jury fairly and without prejudice. Then there is the new DA who came into office on January 1, GEO Group, formerly Wackenhut, and Warden David Forrest, charged with murder and manslaughter in the 2001 beating death of Gregorio De La Rosa Jr. by two inmates in a prison under their control2009- Bernard Wayne Ammerman. He has told several press people its "just too early" for him to know what he is going to do about the indictments and the Grand Jury, if anything.
|Guerra celebrated State Senator Eddie Lucio-D Brownsville, Tx- asking for the property that Lucio allegedly purchases with bribes and payoffs from a private prison corporation that operates state and federal prisons in Texas and other states. Guerra has also taken his complaint against the State Senator to the Texas Ethics Committee. In our discussions with Guerra he has alleged that the prison company, GEO Group, formerly Wackenhut, and Warden David Forrest, charged with murder and manslaughter in the 2001 beating death of Gregorio De La Rosa Jr. by two inmates in a prison under their control. The interview with Guerra recorded right after his removal from the case was ordered by the presiding Judge is available on demand on this page.by filing a civil lawsuit against|
- December 19, 2008 -
Texas State Officials up in arms over the visit to a
private prison by District Attorney Guerra
shortly after an inmate died in Prison. The illegal
alien was pronounced dead by GEO corporation who
said it was a suicide or heart attack, Guerra says,
"Not So. It is another case of this prison
corporation killing prisoners thru neglect in an
effort to maximize profits."
CLICK HERE for the story from the Brownsville Herald.
DA or Did It?
(9:00 p.m.- 12-10-08) The unusually cold weather has settled in for the night in this small town in South Texas, but the cold weather was nothing to the cold reception Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra got today. He lost another battle Wednesday before state presiding District Judge J. Manuel Baņales who removed him from pursuing further charges against several high-profile public officials on the eve of a grand jury session Friday.
It was another charade, far too many of these dramas worthy of Hollywood script writers have been played out Court Rooms across the country recently as we see the grasp the establishment has on the Judicial system. It should be apparent to everyone by now as it has been apparent to this writer for many years when faced with doing conspiracy programs that reveal bad conduct by sitting public officials who routinely smirk at the idea they have a public trust.
The best smirk of the day leaped out at me from story on this incident from the Brownsville Herald newspaper covering the story today, they reported: Baņales with "deep regret" decided to remove the embattled DA from pursing charges against Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the GEO Group and warden David Flores.
The judge made a Vice President Cheney and former Attorney General Gonzales. The Judge ordered that the DA, Guerra will not be able to speak to the grand jury without the presence of the pro tem district attorney and Guerra must immediately relinquish all related files to that temporary prosecutor.to stop the grand jury that is set to meet on Friday to hear presentations from Guerra as the whether or not to re-indict the public officials including
Baņales dismissed the Nov. 17 grand jury indictments against the defendants on Dec. 1. The indictments center around several politicians on the state level, some other state judges and Cheney and Gonzales. They involve proof of blocking investigations, fraudulent use of tax payer money and a willful neglect of private prison corporations to attend to prisoner welfare and safety. Guerra has told me n an interview murders and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraud is involved. He compared Cheney to the mafia don and Gonzales as acting as the enforcer to keep all investigators away from the true facts of the case.
Guerra has not yet responded to our question, What next. In an email tonight, we notified Congressman John Conyers, head of the Judiciary Committee in the House of these incidents and urged Guerra whose term expires at the end of the year to take it to the house for further action.
One of my new heroes in Law enforcement is Juan Angel Guerra, a South Texas DA, who is passionate about what is happening to the nation's prison system. It is not news that the Bush Administration has been using torture, but it is news when a DA holds a grand jury investigation and finds that the Vice President, the at the time and a number of local officials all were making huge sums out of the Federal Prison system unethically and illegally. Guerra was recently quoted in the Brownsville Herald as saying " He wanted to cut off the head of the snake and kill it. "He was referring to Vice President Dick Cheney and . He says they have used Mafia tactics to keep investigators away from the truth of what is really happening and what really is happening is that this past eight years has seen more graft and corruption than anytime in the history of the US, but since they control the investigation and prosecutions, nothing really has happened as far as accountability.
Guerra himself told me recently that murder, torture, and danger looms as a possible situation for every prisoner in the Federal System. Take Time to listen to the Guerra interview on this page and check back for future developments. Perhaps with the beginning of a new administration in Washington, there will be more Johnny Guerra's to rise up and begin to right the wrongs that have been done. We can only hope.
6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2008
LAW, LIKE NO OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD?
The same Judge that dismissed
Dick Cheney and
oral argument on December 10th in an effort for the defense
of State Senator Eddie
Lucio Jr., to derail Guerra from re presenting the evidence
against at least some of the defendants again when the Grand
Jury meets on December 13th. It will happen at 10:a.m. in a
Raymondville courtroom. This city of about 10,000 people
has been the center of attention for this reporter ( ) since November and it is not likely to lose
interest in the next week or so.
If Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra wins any motions at all under this Judge it will be a major sea change in December 1, 2008 hearing no attorney's showed up to argue for Cheney or Gonzales but that did not stop the Judge from dismissing the charges faster than a blink of the eye, gavel sound and dismissed mumbled each time on each charge.. has rarely ruled any motion in favor of Guerra and has been blatant about how he dismisses the District Attorney routinely. For instance on that
It left this reporter wondering who had told the attorneys they didn't have to bother to drive down to the Court House from Houston?