Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra had accused Cheney and the other defendants of responsibility for prisoner abuse. The judge’s order ended two weeks of sometimes-bizarre court proceedings wherein Guerra literally pounded his fist at one point and shouted at the judge during a routine hearing.
Guerra, it is said, ran his investigation, which he called, “Operation Goliath” with a “siege mentality”. He worked within the privacy of his own home and kept it secret from his staff and he gave all the witnesses biblical pseudonyms – his was “David.”
When necessary, Guerra would give false reasons for witnesses’ appearances so as not to raise suspicion in a courthouse he believed to be filled with political enemies.
I guess “David” never heard of the other well known Bible Story. The one about “casting stones”.
Administrative Judge Manuel Banales dismissed all eight indictments in part due to the fact that GEO Group attorney Tony Canales showed that two alternate jurors were part of the panel that day but had not been properly substituted.
Five of those eight (against two district judges, two special prosecutors and the district clerk) were dismissed because Guerra was the alleged victim, witness and prosecutor.
Before he was indicted, Mr. Guerra was charged with interfering with a police search of his office. He spent a night in jail, but didn’t go far after his release. As a protest, Mr. Guerra moved into a camper across the street from the county jail and brought along goats, a rooster and a horse.
A respondent by the name of airmecher1 says:
“As a resident of Texas we have heard of this DA, too many times. He is an absolute swing from the rafters loon” and offers further that Guerra is, “in serious need of help with medication included.”
Guerra lost a fourth bidfor the DA’s Office in this year’s Democratic March primary and will vacate the office at the end of the year.
While ruling that the eight indictments against Cheney, Gonzales and others were “invalid”, Administrative Judge Manuel Banales admonished Mr. Guerra, advising him to exercise caution as his term in office ends.
“I suggest on behalf of the law that you not present any cases to the grand jury involving these defendants.”
In other words… “Shut up, go away and don’t you EVER show your face in my or any other court room again, you little snot.”