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Criminal accusations put spotlight on commissioner race

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCommissioners to vote on new sales tax proposalNext articleCOLLEGE BASEBALL: Odessa College swept by North Central Texas College admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp First day of early voting: Feb. 20.Last day of early voting: March 2 .Election Day: March 6 . If You Go By admin – February 11, 2018 What: Ector County Commissioner Precinct 4.How long: Four-year term.Salary: $54,249, Auto Allowance – $5,400, Fringe Benefits – $26,387. Home Local News Government Criminal accusations put spotlight on commissioner race Map of Ector County precincts (pdf link). Ector County’s FY 2018 budget (pdf link).  Pinterest Facebook The Ector County Precinct 4 Commissioners race has been heating up as two Republican candidates battle it out on social media about criminal accusations while and the Democrat incumbent faces a challenger whose husband formerly held the office for 12 years.The two Democrat and two Republican candidates will be on the March 6 ballot for Ector County Commissioner Precinct 4 before the winner of each primary will square off in November. Democrat candidates include incumbent Armando Rodriquez and Virginia Bryant, and Republican candidates Arlo Chavira and Russell Wright.Chavira has been airing his challenger’s dirty laundry on social media, claiming Wright is a criminal while Wright has taken the stance of: prove it and I will drop out of the race. Chavira said he found information on the Texas Department of Public Safety website while conducting a criminal history search of Wright that shows Wright was arrested in Kaufman County in 1989 for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.“I’ve never been convicted of anything. Yeah, there was an arrest,” Wright said. “But an arrest doesn’t make you a criminal. You’re not convicted of a crime, you’re not a criminal.”Wright said he was arrested 28 years ago, chalking it up to “being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”Kaufman County court records show Wright was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 11, 1989, but shortly after a new case was filed. On Nov. 13, 1989 records show Wright was charged with possession of a controlled substance. That case was disposed Feb. 7, 1990 and shows Wright received a deferred adjudication for the charge. Case fee payments were completed in January 1992, the document shows.“I wouldn’t even be able to run in this race if I was (convicted) because the state law says if you’re a convicted felon, you cannot run in this political race as a candidate,” Wright said. “Twenty-eight years ago is when it happened. It doesn’t prevent me from running for office.”Wright added that he has nothing bad to say about his opponent because he is not running on Chavira’s bad faults.“I’m running on what I can give and what I can do,” he said.GOFUNDME ACCOUNTChavira also has a video recording of himself scrolling through a GoFundMe page called Wright for Change Campaign showing what he believes is a violation of federal election laws.He first found the GoFundMe page doing a Google search of his opponent and it originally showed up as a medical fundraiser for Russell Wright started in January 2017 with a goal to raise $10,000.“You know, hey, no laws broken there,” Chavira said.But the weekend after the deadline to file as a candidate, Chavira said he checked the GoFundMe account again, and while the photo remained the same and it was still listed as a medical fundraiser, the name of it was changed to “Wright for Change Campaign” and the description was changed to say that the account was to help with Wright’s campaign as Precinct 4 commissioner.Chavira said he believes Wright broke federal election laws because GoFundMe is based in San Diego and would be crossing state lines. Chavira’s video shows $2,050 was raised during the entirety of Wright’s account being open since January 2017 and Chavira said none of that has shown up in contribution reports each candidate is required to turn in to the election office.“He’s denying it. He’s saying the GoFundMe video created is copied and pasted, it’s not real,” Chavira said.Wright initially said there is no GoFundMe account. Asked if there was ever a GoFundMe account he said, “not for the campaign.”Wright said the account was set up to help pay for medical bills last year and the money was received long before there was any campaign for county commissioner. He then admitted that the account was edited, but that he did not know the changes had been posted.“The editing of the old account was something that was not even supposed to be posted. And it was taken down probably within hours of the posting,” Wright said.GoFundMe calls every account a “campaign” Wright added, saying, “can you see the confusion?” Wright said it could easily get confusing, especially if you have never set foot in a political arena before.“The GoFundMe thing, which has really raised a big stink, is a whole lot of stink about nothing,” he said. “There’s no illegalities that I had done. If posting that for a matter of an hour, I haven’t found anywhere that says I have broken the law. I didn’t collect any money, nobody gave any money to that campaign. I’m not by law obligated to report any money that I did not get from that, that I know of, from anything I’ve read. I’m not a lawyer.”Wright later said he is not worried about his reputation, quoting former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden that “reputation is what people think about you and character is who you are.”“So I’m not really worried about my reputation because my character, people that know me know my character and that’s who I am.”Wright said his focus is on improving the county and his precinct.“I don’t think that there is a hard enough effort to improve every aspect of what we do in our local government,” he said. “I feel that fresh eyes in there and a fresh person in there can really give it a different look.”He hopes to improve problems with illegal dumping, better roads, more law enforcement presence and a taking a hard look at the budget.Chavira is no stranger to the political arena, having previously campaigned for numerous seats as a Democrat, but never holding a public office.In 2004 he was the lone Democrat challenging Buddy West for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives for District 81. About a year later he announced he would file for to be the new county commissioner for Precinct 4 as long-time commissioner Bob Bryant stepped down.Chavira was a former employee of Bryant’s at Surplus City and both Bob Bryant and his wife, Virginia, supported Chavira in his campaign, but Chavira was defeated and on January 1, 2006 current county commissioner Armando Rodriguez took office.Now, Chavira is back, this time as a Republican candidate. If he wins the primary, he will either face Rodriguez or former employer and supporter Virginia Bryant.Taking a break from campaigning, Chavira didn’t attempt to run for another office until 2015 for a position on the Ector County Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.Chavira said while he ran for those offices when he was younger, he doesn’t count them because he said he didn’t know what he was doing.“Except when I ran for school board. That one hurt because I did work a lot on it,” he said. “I felt that the party, Democrats, ganged up against me. Which is fine. But that one did hurt because I really did want to make a difference.”Chavira said his focus as a county commissioner for Precinct 4 would be more narcotic officers to address drug issues in the county, identifying any wasteful spending that may be going on, attaining more businesses and economic development in the precinct and finding a solution to the aging courthouse issue.THE DEMSDemocratic candidates Rodriguez and Bryant haven’t been victims of one another’s mudslinging, but their campaigns have still evoked strong emotions unrelated to their opponent.For Bryant, her husband and the former county commissioner for the precinct has served as inspiration for her to serve the county.“After my husband passed away it has been difficult and I’m doing two things that bring me comfort. One is, I’m driving his pickup and the other is, I am channeling my emotional energy into this campaign,” Bryant said.She is focusing her campaign on the taxpayers and how tax money is being spent by the county. The budgeting process, she said, needs reassessment.“Taxpayers are the single mom out on the west side with the twin daughters who owns her home and looks at that tax bill. It’s the Ector County deputy that has been there 15-20 years. It’s my neighbor who is living on fixed income and it’s that business person across the street there from me on South Grant Street. What we do in local government directly affects people,” Bryant said.She also said she feels more proactive thinking needs to be taking place rather than just focusing on the here and now.“We have to have vision. We have to get beyond the here and now. We have to, yes, we very definitely take care of the here and now but we also have to think ahead,” Bryant said.As Rodriguez talked about what he has done in his precinct over the past 12 years as well as what he has planned, and displayed a different kind of emotion. His voice filled with passion as he talked about representing the people in his community.“I’ve been doing these things for my community all the time and I will keep on doing them until God calls me up because I want the better things for my community, where I live at,” Rodriguez said. “I’m not saying that I’m going to do something now that I’m running for public office. I’m not just doing it because I’m running for office, I’m doing it because I love my community.”Rodriguez said he has made strides in dealing with the problem of illegal dumping by getting help with funding for code enforcement officers. His first two years he was able to get one officer and commissioners helped pay for part of his salary. Now there are three code enforcement officers, he said.Business owners and neighborhoods are also helping. Businesses have provided the county with cameras he said, so they can get a picture of people dumping trash. Residents are calling in and reporting dumping when they see it, Rodriguez said.The commissioner said he also helped push for more rules and regulations for developers to abide by, requiring paved roads if the county is expected to accept responsibility, otherwise it would be considered a private road. Also, with more money allocated to the streets and highways department, Rodriguez said he is hoping to pave all of the unpaved roads in the county they are currently maintaining.Rodriguez said he also advocated for change to help make it easier for residents in his precinct to vote on Election Day since many wouldn’t vote if they had to drive back to their precinct to vote during their work day.“Now people can vote at any location no matter what precinct they live in,” he said.Looking ahead, Rodriguez said he hopes to be proactive in creating a water district as West Odessa has done.“With time I think the water might run out or possibly get contaminated,” he said. “I’ve talked to people about it and I can only give them directions, but I cannot do it myself. They have to do it and I can give them guidance and everything else.”While it may not be a problem now, he said it likely will be one in the future, especially with people selling their water to oil companies.“I will still keep on fighting for what’s better for my community and I will take some stances, heavy stances against it if it’s not good for our community.”Just The Facts Twitter Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Twitter More Information Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Local NewsGovernment Criminal accusations put spotlight on commissioner race Social media fight playing out Facebook Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation From left to right: Russel Wright, Armando Rodriguez, Arlo Chavira, Virginia Bryant. Texas Fried ChickenFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinSummer Spaghetti SaladPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay last_img read more

Impeachment isn’t the final word on Capitol riot for Trump

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 14, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. The next step for the former president could be the courts. Now a private citizen, Trump is stripped of his protection from legal liability that the presidency gave him. That change in status is something that even Republicans who voted on Saturday to acquit of inciting the Jan. 6 attack are stressing as they urge Americans to move on from impeachment. “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after that vote. He insisted that the courts were a more appropriate venue to hold Trump accountable than a Senate trial. “He didn’t get away with anything yet,” McConnell said. “Yet.” The insurrection at the Capitol, in which five people died, is just one of the legal cases shadowing Trump in the months after he was voted out of office. He also faces legal exposure in Georgia over an alleged pressure campaign on state election officials, and in Manhattan over hush-money payments and business deals. But Trump’s culpability under the law for inciting the riot is by no means clear-cut. The standard is high under court decisions reaching back 50 years. Trump could also be sued by victims, though he has some constitutional protections, including if he acted while carrying out the duties of president. Those cases would come down to his intent. Legal scholars say a proper criminal investigation takes time, and there are at least five years on the statute of limitations to bring a federal case. New evidence is emerging every day. “They’re way too early in their investigation to know,” said Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School and former federal prosecutor. “The have arrested 200 people, they’re pursuing hundreds more, all of those people could be potential witnesses because some have said ‘Trump made me do it’.” What’s not known, she said, is what Trump was doing during the time of the riot, and that could be the key. Impeachment didn’t produce many answers. But federal investigators in a criminal inquiry have much more power to compel evidence through grand jury subpoenas. “It’s not an easy case, but that’s only because what we know now, and that can change,” Levenson said. The legal issue is whether Trump or any of the speakers at the rally near the White House that preceded the assault on the Capitol incited violence and whether they knew their words would have that effect. That’s the standard the Supreme Court laid out in its 1969 decision in Brandenburg v. Ohio, which overturned the conviction of a Ku Klux Klan leader. Trump urged the crowd on Jan. 6 to march on the Capitol, where Congress was meeting to affirm Joe Biden’s presidential election, Trump even promised to go with his supporters, though he didn’t in the end. “You’ll never take our country back with weakness,” Trump said. He also had spent weeks spinning up supporters over his increasingly combative language and false election claims urging them to “stop the steal.” Trump’s impeachment lawyers said he didn’t do anything illegal. Trump, in a statement after the acquittal, did not admit to any wrongdoing. Federal prosecutors have said they are looking at all angles of the assault on the Capitol and whether the violence had been incited. The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, has said that district prosecutors are considering whether to charge Trump under local law that criminalizes statements that motivate people to violence. “Let it be known that the office of attorney general has a potential charge that it may utilize,” Racine told MSNBC last month. The charge would be a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Trump’s top White House lawyer repeatedly warned Trump on Jan. 6 that he could be held liable. That message was delivered in part to prompt Trump to condemn the violence that was carried out in his name and acknowledge that he would leave office Jan. 20, when Biden was inaugurated. He did depart the White House that day. Since then, many of those charged in the riots say they were acting directly on Trump’s orders. Some offered to testify. A phone call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy emerged during the impeachment trial in which McCarthy, as rioters stormed the Capitol, begged Trump to call off the mob. Trump replied: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” The McCarthy call is significant because it could point to Trump’s intent, state of mind and knowledge of the rioters’ actions. Court cases that try to prove incitement often bump up against the First Amendment. In recent years, federal judges have taken a hard line against the anti-riot law. The federal appeals court in Virginia narrowed the Anti-Riot Act, with a maximum prison term of five years, because it swept up constitutionally protected speech. The court found invalid parts of the law that encompassed speech tending to “encourage” or “promote” a riot, as well as speech “urging” others to riot or involving mere advocacy of violence. The same court upheld the convictions of two members of a white supremacist group who admitted they punched and kicked counter-demonstrators during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s possible federal prosecutors will decide not to bring charges, and if Trump were indicted in one of the many other separate investigations, federal prosecutors could decide justice would be done elsewhere. Atlanta prosecutors have recently opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s attempts to overturn his election loss in Georgia, including a Jan. 2 phone call in which he urged that state’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s narrow victory. And Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., is in the midst of an 18-month criminal grand jury investigation focusing in part on hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf, and whether Trump or his businesses manipulated the value of assets — inflating them in some cases and minimizing them in others — to gain favorable loan terms and tax benefits. GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who voted to acquit along with McConnell and 41 other Republicans, argued that because Trump is no longer in office, impeachment is not the right way to hold him to account. “The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked and due process is constitutionally mandated. No president is above the law or immune from criminal prosecution, and that includes former President Trump.” ——— Associated Press writers Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak in New York and Mark Sherman contributed to this report. ——— Follow Colleen Long on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ctlong1center_img TAGS  Facebook Previous articleBiden White House seeks to turn page on TrumpNext articleGARDENING: Spring garden prep should begin soon Digital AIM Web Support Impeachment isn’t the final word on Capitol riot for Trump Local NewsUS News Facebooklast_img read more