El Paso Corruption Spotlight: JUDGE ...

El Paso Corruption Spotlight: JUDGE BONNIE RANGEL

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Since: Sep 08

El Paso, TX

#1 Feb 2, 2010
This is an excerpt from a story done on the corruption of Judge Bonnie Rangel who is up for re-election this year. After reading this, do a little fact-finding for yourself and then you be the judge. These judges that judge cannot be corrupt in any way. How dare they?

Woodall & Coutta are filing documents to have Judge Rangel removed from the case; and reported to the Judicial Grievance Committee and The Texas Bar Association. According to Naked Harem Owners Judge Bonnie Rangel allegedly attempted to solicit one of the Naked Harem’s Female Dancers, into a 3 way sex liaison for money; with herself and an undisclosed male, after a wedding reception which all three attended.

The Dancer refused the threesome, but felt that Judge Rangel continued to harbor animosity toward her and the Naked Harem after the refusal. Woodall & Coutta felt Judge Rangel knowing the Dancer at the Naked Harem was witness in the case, she should have removed herself because of potential personal conflicts. Not doing so has likely cost Woodall a 16 year sentence, & almost 2 years in jail; plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and a denial of basic civil right of a fair and unbiased trial.

This kind of corruption can not be allowed to stand in El Paso; It is time for the Widow’s Daughter (Woodall), to find a Square deal in a Court of Law. Not corrupt favoritism and manipulation of the Judicial System for personal revenge or gain. So many aspect of the case against the Naked Harem held inconsistencies, which Judge Rangel refused to allow into evidence. Now with these allegations and the fact that Judge Rangel herself is known to frequent El Paso Strip Clubs, there seems to be a clear appearance of moral and legal impropriety, with the Judge herself being the Guilty Party.

Now 04/17/2008 Judge Rangel has ordered Coutta arrested and held on a $300,000 bail in an attempt to silence her about these allegations, as well as tape recordings Coutta has in her possession confirming her first defense attorney (Jesse Herrera), saying that Judge Rangel and he were intimately close, and she would make sure Coutta did no jail time (with proper motivation).

Coutta attempted to hire a new defense attorney David Botsford of Austin, but Judge Rangel refused to allow it, and instead appointed a “over worked” Public Defender (Bruce Ponder) at the City’s expense,(when Coutta could well afford, and wanted to hire her own Private Attorney).

Public Defender: Bruce Ponder upon learning the allegations Judge Rangel tried to have sex with one of the Club’s Dancers, and Tape Recordings of Attorney Herrera’s conversations concerning Judge Rangel; in addition to the Judge forcing him to be ready on such a complicated case by May 16th., resigned from the case.

This case is fastly snowballing into a major corruption scandal, and needs an FBI Investigation. The City of El Paso will have a black eye behind this one! It only make you ask: Is El Paso the “MOST CORRUPT” City In Texas?

Since: Sep 08

El Paso, TX

#2 Feb 2, 2010
Lawyers top donors in judicial races
By Adriana M. Chávez / El Paso Times
Posted: 01/24/2010 12:00:00 AM MST

EL PASO -- Attorneys and their associates are the biggest and most reliable contributors to candidates for judgeships, who so far have received almost $88,000 in donations.

In the Democratic primary election for County Court at Law No. 1, incumbent Judge Ricardo Herrera has received nearly half of all the contributions in judicial races --$42,100. He has spent $17,934.

His challenger, Beto Acosta Jr., an assistant district attorney, said he had raised $14,078 and spent $10,277.

Among Herrera's top contributors were his relatives. Grace Herrera, a court coordinator in District Criminal Court No. 1, donated $4,000, and Michael Herrera, a runner for attorney Sib Abraham Jr.'s law office, donated $17,000.

Abraham himself gave $1,000 to Herrera.

Acosta listed his top contributor as Maria Acosta, who donated $1,000.

Several people donated $500 to Acosta. They included attorneys Darron Powell, Luis Gutierrez, Israel Parra and the Lozano Walker law firm. Also contributing $500 were Maria Christina Gonzalez, a professor at El Paso Community College, and homemaker Malinda Collie.

Three people seeking judgeships -- Luis Labrado, Marcos Lizarraga and Christine Pacheco -- have not yet submitted campaign reports because the did not make their candidacies official until Jan. 4. They have until Feb. 1 to file.

Lizarraga and Pacheco are running as Democrats for the 168th District Court judgeship, a position held by Republican Chris Antcliff.

Antcliff listed only one
contribution of $1,500. It was from his father, Robert Antcliff.

Labrado is running against Judge Bonnie Rangel for the 171st District Court judgeship. Both are Democrats.

Rangel has raised $3,790 in addition to the $14,426 already in her campaign fund.

Her top contributors were attorneys Derek Wyatt, who donated $2,500, and James Scherr, who gave $1,000.

Abraham donated $500 to each of the Democratic candidates for the judgeship of County Court At Law No. 2. They are attorney Frank Macias and incumbent Judge Julie Gonzalez.

Macias has raised $12,425 and spent $50,614. Gonzalez listed $14,101 in donations and expenditures of $21,258. But she said she had $7,500 remaining in a campaign fund.

Macias said in other years he probably would have raised more money, but the poor economy has translated to low donations.

"I think this is a real, real low turnout as far as money is concerned," he said.

Macias said it was common for attorneys to contribute the same amount of money to competing judicial candidates.

"I think that all of them want the best judge in there, but they're afraid if they contribute only to one judge and the other person wins, the one they didn't give to will take it out on them, not that it would happen," Macias said.

Certain attorneys, though, donate to only one candidate because of a friendship or professional admiration. Defense attorney Gary Hill donated $1,250 to Gonzalez, whom he has known since she was in high school.

"She's kind of been like family," Hill said. "She's a real good judge, too. She's pretty strict."

Gonzalez's other top do nors include Ramon and Dionicia Gonzalez, who contributed $1,000, and attorneys Ray Velarde and Kenneth Del Valle. Law firms Lozano Walker and Delgado Acosta Spencer Linebarger & Perez also donated $500 each.

Macias' top contributor was David Lujan, an attorney in Agana, Guam, who donated $2,000. Macias said he and Lujan served together in the Navy.

Samuel Streep, a private investigator, donated $1,000 to Macias.

Those who donated $500 included attorneys Antonio Muñoz, Robert Ramos, Jesse Herrera and Kenneth Del Valle, and the Wyatt & Underwood law firm.

They all take care of themselves. Leaving us out in the cold...like always. Time for CHANGE!

Since: Sep 08

El Paso, TX

#3 Feb 2, 2010
This person needs to get voted out. What comes around...

Since: Sep 08

El Paso, TX

#4 Feb 2, 2010
Who the hell is this communist Norma Fisher Flores? How much money does she get to oppress the Mexican people. Isn't her last name Flores? Who cares! I attached her February Calendar. She sure is a busy little bee for the democratic party?

Since: Sep 08

El Paso, TX

#5 Feb 2, 2010
Here's the calendar. Busy busy busy little bee. All in the name of what? I don't even think she knows. Just another mat to step on while the corrupt, disgraceful so-called "Catholics" get in office to dishonor the offices they hold. Like crabs!

United States

#6 Jan 9, 2011
Macias is a thief

El Paso, TX

#7 May 11, 2011
I came to El Paso texas and all it been is corruption here not only goverment but work places and the people have no respect for each other. I not voting here in EL PASO THINK IT SHOULD BE CALLED THE CITY OF CORRUPTION .

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