State's largest law enforcement group endorses Parnell McNamara for sheriff
In a rare endorsement in a local political race, the state's largest law enforcement association threw its political clout behind Parnell McNamara on Wednesday in his race for McLennan County sheriff.
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#1 May 11, 2012
UNION PLEASE READ/CLEAT Endorsement could be a losing proposition
CLEAT made a rare endorsement. CLEAT endorsed Jim Mattox when he ran for governor in 1990 and their endorsement did not help.
CLEAT IS STATEWIDE POLICE UNION LOBBY GROUP, again, for emphasis CLEAT is nothing more than a statewide lobbying organization. They are not the largest law enforcement union, they lobby.
CLEAT ALSO HAS SKELETONS IN THEIR CLOSET AND I DO NOT THINK I WOULD WANT THE ENDORSEMENT KNOWING THE FOLLOWING
Former SA sergeant is sentenced
SAN ANTONIO (AP)- A former San Antonio police sergeant who was convicted in a $500,000 kickback and money laundering scheme was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison. Harold W. Flammia Jr., 54 was given a 55-month prison term and three years of supervised release by U.S.
District Judge H.F. "Hippo" Garcia. Flammia, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and mail fraud, was also ordered to pay $508,000 in restitution. Flammia is the former head of the San Antonio Police Officers' Association. He also held leadership posts within the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, CLEAT, a statewide police union lobby group.
In his plea, Flammia admitted receiving kickbacks and bribes from lawyer Larry Souza in exchange for allowing Souza to keep a $900,000 annual contract to manage the legal trust fund for San Antonio police officers and firefighters. The illegal payments came from a CLEAT police union defense fund.
Two months later, Souza, 52, pleaded guilty to the same charges and is currently awaiting sentencing. Another defendant in the scheme, James Champion, pleaded guilty in May to mail fraud, money laundering and attempted murder-for-hire. The former police union attorney was sentenced to 14 years in prison in October.
Champion, 45, was the only defendant accused of attempted murder-for-hire. Federal prosecutors alleged he tried to have his ex-wife, Jeanette Rose Champion, killed because she was cooperating with federal investigators looking into Champion's business dealings. An FBI informant told federal authorities Champion approached him about paying him $20,000 to kill his ex-wife and her companion. The plot was never carried out.
Lawyer pleads guilty in murder solicitation, police union kickback scheme
SAN ANTONIO (AP)-- A lawyer accused of trying to pay a hitman to kill his ex-wife pleaded guilty Friday to mail fraud, money laundering and attempted murder-for-hire.
James Champion, who entered the pleas before U.S. District Judge H.F. "Hippo" Garcia, was the last defendant on trial in connection with an alleged scheme to skim money from a police union legal fund.
Champion, 45, was the only defendant accused of attempted murder-for-hire. Federal prosecutors alleged he tried to have his ex-wife, Jeanette Rose Champion, killed because she was cooperating with federal investigators looking into Champion's business dealings.
An FBI informant told federal authorities Champion approached him about paying him $20,000 to kill his ex-wife and her companion. The plot was never carried out.
Flammia is the former head of the San Antonio Police Officers' Association. He also held leadership posts within the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, a statewide police union lobby group known as CLEAT
The indictment claimed Flammia received illegal payments from a CLEAT police union defense fund in return for making sure certain Souza kept the fund's legal services contract. Sometimes the kickback money was laundered through Champion's office, prosecutors claimed.
Since: Jan 08
#2 May 11, 2012
Cleat endorses candidate in McLennan County sheriffs race. Is Mr. McNamara CLEAT certified; if so when and where did he contain his certification from CLEAT?.
COMBINED LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATIONS OF TEXAS
CLEAT provides legal representation, lobbying and legislative representation, local political action, collective bargaining and negations support and a range of related field services.
This is very interesting. Randy Plemons is endorsed by the Mclennan County Sheriff's Association, Hewitt Police Association and the AFL-CIO. The McLennan County Sheriffs Department and the Hewitt Police Association is also a member of CLEAT. Now what good will this endorsement do if the Cleat Affiliate in our county has endorsed Randy Plemons not Parnell McNamara.
Waco PD is a member of CLEAT and they may have endorsed Parnell McNamara.
The main issue is this endorsement means nothing. Again, Mr. McNamara is creating a smokescreen to misinform the public.
"Public Trust" is the most important quality a candidate can have. Playing the "shell game" does not gain the trust of the people.
Mr. McNamara should explain the why this endorsement is being touted as "rare".
According to the rules of this association any endorsement must be approved by the board. Is there documentation of the board's decision? The people need to know. We believe in total transparency.
Since: Jan 08
#3 May 11, 2012
This is old news but all voters black, white, hispanic, or whatever race needs to remember who will be running the Sheriff's office if McNamara should win. Remember this:
Texas Rangers open sexual harassment hearings; recalls case involving black female sergeant
12NextThe Texas Rangers, an elite law enforcement group made famous by wild west films, opened hearings to investigate recent allegations that a female officer, Cheryl Steadman, was sexually harassed by male officers.
The hearing prompted revelations that two White Texas Rangers were disciplined last year for making sexual slurs toward another female officer, Sgt. Christine Nix, who is Black, state records revealed.
Recently released Texas Public Safety Commission records acquired by Associated Press revealed that Ranger Sgts. Matt Cawthon, of Waco, and Jim Denman, of Garland were suspended with pay for four months during an investigation and later placed on six months' probation for remarks made about Ranger Sgt. Nix.
Bibliography for: "Texas Rangers open sexual harassment hearings; recalls case involving black female sergeant"
"Texas Rangers open sexual harassment hearings; recalls case involving black female sergeant". Jet. FindArticles.com . 11 May, 2012.
Everyone must be treated fairly and there is no room for racism.
My family was good friends with Clint Peeples who was a Texas Ranger and this man mentioned in the article above brought shame to a proud heritage.
We do not want this shame to be brought back to McLennan County.
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