Former Cameron County employee's request for a new trial denied
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A judge has denied a former Cameron County employee the motion for a new trial.
On Thursday, March 13th State District Judge Federico Hinojosa denied the motion for former Cameron County employee Raul Salazar's request for a new trial.
Salazar, who was administrative assistant to Cameron County Commissioner Ernie Hernandez, was sentenced back on December 18, 2013 to 10 months in prison for abuse of official capacity and tampering with government records.
Judge Hinojosa's ruling for denial of the motion was due to state law which requires the motion for a new trial to be heard within 75 days of sentencing and 85 days had passed since Salazar's sentencing.
During testimony it was revealed that Salazar directed county staff to assist in hiring Hernandez's brother-in-law Robert Cadriel who could not read or write and had failed the exam twice. Cadriel was hired as a security guard for the county after Salazar directed staff personnel to hand Cadriel with a answer key to the test he then memorized the answers and passed the exam.