Sunday, September 16, 2012
By Juan Montoya
One of the fringe benefits of covering a topic for this blog sometimes comes from going places where one would not normally venture.
So it happened when I accompanied a process server for the voter fraud lawsuit filed by candidate Yolanda Begum against Erin Hernandez Garcia who were in the nrunoff contest for Justice of the Peace 2-2. We all know how that turned out, unfortunately.
A visiting judge sided with Horacio Barrera, Garcia's attorney and agreed with Cameron County Elections Administrator Roger Ortiz that it would be of great inconvenience to his office if he had to go through a trial and perhaps delay the printing of elections ballots in case that the Hernandez camp was found to have committed voter fraud.
And so, on such flimsy grounds, the all the time and work that the Begum camp had expended putting together the evidence for the not-to-be trial wasn't even considered. In fact, there was not even the slightest consideration of the merits of the case. If the trial had gone forward, there would have been revealed the sordid details of massive voter fraud involving elderly from the Brownsville Housing Authority High Rise that Garcia's politiqueras manipulated their votes on behalf of her candidacy.
I know this because I tagged along with process server Billy Lopez when he delivered the subpoenas to at least a half-dozen residents there.
Nonetheless, we have been informed that the contents of what would have been presented by attorney Michael Cowen and Ruben Peña in the courtroom will be presented to federal and state authorities so they can take appropriate actions against campaign politiqueros and politiqueras who are identified by the voters (most elderly and mentally-impaired and some illiterate) as having had a hand in the fraud.
We will, of course, keep you up to date on what happens after the U.S. Attorney, the Texas Attorney General's Office and the Texas Secretary of State officials receive the evidence package that we understand consists of videotape testimony and voting fraud documentation.
However, to the subject at hand. There are very few places that are high enough to allow one to see the area surrounding downtown Brownsville and across the river to Matamoros and beyond. The High Rise is 14 stories high and gives one an unparalleled view of both Gateway and the B&M Bridge. The downtown shot gives one a view of the Federal Courthouse (now City Hall, the Wells Fargo Bank, and in the distance, the historical Oscar Dancy Cameron County Courthouse with the old conty jail right behind it. In the top photo one can even discern the PUB water tank at Cromack School off Southmpst Road. These were all taken from the top of the high rise on a clear (and hot) day about a few weeks ago.
We enjoyed taking them and aldo talking to some of the residents there. We hope you enjoy their view from the top.
Posted by jmon at 2:45 PM