Willacy County District Attorney...No Show In Court

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 9:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Attorneys representing some of the Valley's high-profile officials and the nation, came to the Willacy County Courthouse, today for indichtments reaching as far as the Vice-President of the United States.

News Center 23 has more on the nine indictments issued, yesterday by a Willacy County Grand Jury.

Nine high ranking public officials have been charged with organized crime, and a hearing took place today.

Things got pretty heated in court.

Defense lawyers wanted indictments quashed once and for all.

But Willacy County's District Attorney, who brought all these accusations forth, did not even bother to show up.

Judge Manuel Banales says, he's disappointed Willacy County District Attorny, Juan Angel Guerra was a no-show.

Without Guerra being there, Judge Banales says, it would not be fair.

Defense lawyers for such high-profile officials as, Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., District Judge, Janet Leal, and Vice President Dick Cheney, got heated.

The judge stood by his decision not to hear any motions.

He set an arraignment hearing for Friday morning.

He ordered a summons for the DA, and all public officials named in the indictments to show up.

Still, lawyers tried to get the judge to waive their client's appearances.

He agreed, as long as they filled out the necessary paperwork.

After it all ended, the defense was still up-in-arms.

"I'm not happy with it, I wanted to do it today, but the DA's not here, so we're stuck."

One Defense lawyer, Tony Canales, whose representing Vice-President, Dick Cheny says these indictments have no validity.

"Frivolous, not placed in good faith at all, The District Attorney is wrong," Canales says.

He says, the major obstacle today was Guerra's no-show.

"He should've been here. He's a public official. He's supposed to be here all day."

News Center 23 called Guerra for his side of the story, but there was no answer, and since he wasn't in court, we couldn't talk to him face-to-face either.

The arraignment hearing is set for this friday at 10:30 am.

This time, Judge Banales expects Guerra to be there.

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