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Monday, February 16, 2009

Zavaletta Issues Statement on Defamation Suit Filed Against Cowen

The below was received today from Brownsville attorney Peter Zavaletta
~Melissa

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February 12, 2009

Brownsville lawyer Peter Zavaletta has filed a defamation suit against Michael Cowen, also of Brownsville. The suit arises out of a newspaper advertisement Cowen published in the Brownsville Herald and Valley Morning Star 16 days before the election for Cameron County District Attorney. Cowen’s ad called Zavaletta a “crook,” among other things.

“Although leading in the polls until the ad’s publication, Zavaletta lost the election,” the suit states. The suit says Cowen’s statements are “defamatory per se.”

Brian Turner of the Law Office of Brian Turner of Austin is Zavaletta’s lawyer.

In addition to actual and special damages sought, the suit seeks exemplary damages because Cowen published the ad “with knowledge of its falsity or with reckless disregard for its truth,” Zavaletta alleges.

“I have taken this action to clear and restore my good name against this malicious and defamatory attack,” said Zavaletta.

Michael Cowen’s name recently surfaced as the lawyer for State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville. Cowen’s uncle is the Senator’s longtime Chief of Staff. As the former Chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District, Zavaletta led the call for an investigation into how $21 million was spent on a non‐existent bridge. One of Senator Lucio’s paid consulting clients, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation of Houston, was a key figure in that investigation.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"restore my good name against this malicious and defamatory attack"

Peter, stop this. You are on probation for running an ad a number of times you never should have run in the first place.

Come to an agreement with Michael that this suit was a mistake and move on. I'm sure Michael will understand especially if he knows what you know to be true. If you were defamed you would have done it last year when it happened.

Peter, you are a good man with a big heart. Run for office again, but you don't need to do this.

Monday, February 16, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I commented on this on Monday and it hasn't gone through? Why? It went something like this.

Peter, this isn't a good idea. You are on probation for running an ad a number of times you never should have run in the first place.

Come to an agreement with Michael being that this suit was a huge mistake. Move on would be my suggestion Peter. I'm sure Michael will understand especially if he knows what you believe to be true. If you were defamed you would have done it last year when it happened and not weight almost 355 days to file a lawsuit that only looks petty.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

The above two posts were not previously approved, because I had to independently verify information that you alleged. This is what I do with many comments, and they remain in the tank until I have time to do so.

And btw, I didn't attend the Charter Review Committee presentation, because I had a prior engagement planned months in advance. The presentation had been tabled a couple of times, and I couldn't make it this last time. Rest assured, I was a very active member. In fact, I was even asked to make the presentation by the chairman.

Calm down with the conspiracy theories as alleged in another blog.

Sunday, February 22, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry said on his blog you were running. Any truth to the rumors?

Sunday, February 22, 2009  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I haven't picked up a packet, yet, but I plan to run for the At-large B seat currently held by Commissioner Leo Garza.

Sunday, February 22, 2009  
Blogger Ruiz1902 said...

You got my vote, how about an on-line poll?

Monday, February 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us know if you need any help from your many readers.

Monday, February 23, 2009  

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