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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Former Cameron County DA Indicted, TRO Rejected

*UPDATED*

Former Cameron County District Attorney Yolanda de Leon was indicted Monday by a grand jury for 10 counts of tampering with government records and two counts of aggravated perjury, according to the District Attorney's Office.

An arraignment hearing was held today in Judge Limas' 404th state District Court. Limas granted a two-week postponement for the arraignment and set for that time a personal recognizance bond of $5,000 for each of two indictments, according to District Attorney Spokesman Jason Moody.

De Leon also has pending three misdemeanor charges regarding disclosure of confidential information to the public (two charges) and perjury (one charge).

De Leon's attempt at a temporary restraining order has been rejected at a hearing this morning before Judge Rose Reyna of Hidalgo County, according to Moody.

The Brownsville Herald is reporting that because Peter Zavaletta is a "cooperating witness," the District Attorney's Office asked that his named be removed from the indictment.

"In all cases, we attempt to negotiate resolution, and this case will be treated no differently," Moody said.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You beat the Herald again.

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I just came from the court. Actually, De Leon's lawyer non-suited the TRO after Villalobos filed a Motion for Sacntions against De Leon, her attorney, Melvin Mosbacher, Zavaleta and his attorney Ed Stableton. Before the hearing Zavaleta non-suited his Petition in Intervention

Bobby WC to eat crow and will commend Villalobos, and/or Mattingly, for some brilliant briefing before the court.

Bobby WC

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

BWC,

My info came in an e-mail from the DA's office, and info regarding the TRO is almost verbatim. Do I need to seek clarification?

Melissa

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I was not in the court room. The docket sheet is something the judge writes on to record the events of the proceedings. On the docket sheet it says - non-suited. I do not know what to tell you.

Now, I will tell you, Mattingly did a brilliant job briefing the issues- a key issue was you cannot get a TRO because of injury to your reputation. Maybe if you can e-mail the e-mail I can clarify for you.

Bobby WC

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we all owe Peter Z an apology for the rush to judgment.

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I think we all owe Peter Z an apology for the rush to judgment.

Can you clarify? I have no updates on Peter Zavaletta. I've just e-mailed the DA's office to see if there is one.

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are we gonna stoop to that level of saying "sorry" to PZ. He is the one who paid to have these innocent men's names published he is the one who should be on his knees asking for forgiveness. From the men and their families. Hope he pays out millions. What if your name was in that list and you too are innocent?

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand and agree that this needs to be investigated, but I do wonder how many of us--how many in the city who are not involved in the case--can, without researching the Herald archives, think of any of the names published off the top of their heads.

I know, that's not the point, but I still do wonder.

Patricia A.

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Blogger Truth Seeker said...

Good point, Patricia, unless one of the names published belonged to your son, brother, husband, or father.

Thursday, July 03, 2008  
Blogger Chris Davis said...

"I think we all owe Peter Z an apology for the rush to judgment."

You can't be serious.

Tell me I'm missing your sarcasm.

Apology for what, exactly?

Friday, July 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa,

I commend you for the work that you do and I realize that you take Mr. Moody at his word. He is a nice fellow but not a lawyer and has not done his job as a spokesperson for the DA's office. At least not correctly. BWC is right the TRO was non suited since the point was moot. It was not rejected by the judge.
And you're right Chris, no one owes PZ an apology.
Thanks,
Brownsville Lawyer

Saturday, July 05, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Well, a spokesperson or public information officer, knows that prior discussion/approval is needed from a supervisor before a statement to the public is made. I doubt that Mr. Moody spoke without being told what to release to the public.

Sunday, July 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job, Mel!!! good to have you back wearing those female cojones...

Tuesday, July 08, 2008  
Anonymous Danny Zuniga said...

Where's my post?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Mr. Zuniga,

Rephrase your comment so that I don't get sued, and I'll gladly post. My apologies, but I have to take extra precautions.

Melissa

Wednesday, July 09, 2008  
Anonymous Danny Zuniga said...

Believe me when I tell you that it is the truth. Zavaletta will testify on behalf of the State against DeLeon, that is on record. As far as the lawsuit against them, the facts are printed. DeLeon obviously had a lapsed in memory when she met with Zavaletta and hashed this plan to expose supposedly dismissed or declined cases against individuals that had not been arrested or indicted, that simple. As far as Migdalia Lopez, she put herself in a bind signing that TRO, ask any lawyer. Question is; how can anybody with real common sense and or the knowledge of the law really block a criminal investigation? Ask any lawyer.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Thank you, Mr. Zuniga.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008  

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