A Texas district court judge in El Paso faces possible removal from the bench following allegations of bias and an improper in-chambers hearing during a 2019 murder trial. The judge is reportedly refusing to respond to a written inquiry from the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.
168th District Court Judge Marcos Lizarraga is under investigation for his handling of a murder trial in 2019, KVIA ABC 7 reported. The judge granted a mistrial in a case where Moises Galvan is accused of murdering Rogelio “RJ” Franco outside a bar in January 2017.
Lizarraga granted the mistrial after he claimed prosecutors asked Galvan an improper question when he took the stand in his own defense, the local ABC affiliate reported.
In May 2019, KFOX14 in El Paso reported:
According to the court docket, the court found the prosecutor asked an improper question and purposefully asked the objectionable question in front of the jury, and the question permanently prejudiced the jury on a “key linchpin fact issue in the case” and the prejudice cannot be overcome.
Lizarraga found the objectionable question to include statements that have no evidentiary foundation to be allowed as evidence on hearsay or as an exception to the hearsay rule. Lizarraga granted the defense’s motion for a mistrial on that basis.
The District Attorney’s Office objected to the mistrial, saying they believed the information presented was “relevant and important for the jury.”
At the time, Lizarraga stated, “The state’s attorney purposefully asked the objectionable question in front of the jury,” and “the audible, discernible question has permanently prejudiced the jury on a key linchpin fact issued in the case,” KTSM NBC9 reported.
Court records obtained by KVIA reveal Lizarraga is accused of bias against the prosecution and in favor of the defense. The records also report an alleged improper in-chambers hearing.
The commission contacted the judge in May 2021. The letter from the commission asked the judge to respond in writing by June 7, 2021. The judge, who appeared in person before the commission in October 2021. However, he has yet to provide a written response to the commission’s letter of inquiry.
At the time of the dismissal, the prosecutors said they were prepared to retry the case. The court set the case for trial in August 2019 and again in January 2020. The case remains in limbo at this time.
Judge Lizarraga, a Democrat, first took office in 2014, according to Ballotpedia. His current term runs through the end of this year.
New York Governor Blames ‘Illegal Gun’ in Fatal Shooting of NYPD Officer
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) blamed an “illegal gun” in the fatal shooting of NYPD officer Jason Rivera on Friday night.
Rivera, 22, was shot and killed and a second officer, Wilbert More, 27, was shot and wounded, Breitbart News reported.
The shooting suspect, Lashawn McNeil, 47, opened fire on Rivera and More as they approached him in a long hallway, CBS New York noted. McNeill was then shot twice by a third officer.
On Saturday, Hochul tweeted, “Last night, a shot from an illegal gun took the life of a NYPD officer.”
Last night, a shot from an illegal gun took the life of a @NYPDnews officer.
When I say we’re going to do everything we can to stop the scourge of illegal guns in our state, it’s not just talk. We are tripling funding for efforts to get these guns off the streets. pic.twitter.com/zXv0xbL4Em
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) January 22, 2022
“When I say we’re going to do everything we can to stop the scourge of illegal guns in our state, it’s not just talk. We are tripling funding for efforts to get these guns off the streets,” Hochul added.
New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) responded to the shooting death of Rivera by calling for more gun control, Breitbart News reported.
New York has some of the most stringent gun controls in the country. Mike Bloomberg-affiliated Everytown for Gun Safety ranks New York No. 3 in the nation “for gun law strength.”
Those laws include everything the Democrats are pushing at the federal level under the guise of safety, including universal background checks, a “high capacity” magazine ban, an “assault weapons” ban, a permit requirement to buy a handgun, a red flag law, gun storage requirements, “ghost gun” regulations, and a prohibition against gun possession by felons, among other controls.
McNeil, the man who allegedly shot the NYPD officers Friday night, is a convicted felon.
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Gingrich: January 6 Committee, AG Garland ‘Lynch Mob’ ‘Face a Real Risk of Jail for the Kind of Laws They Are Breaking’
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees alleged abuses by the House Select Committee and the Department of Justice investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol as having consequences.
During an appearance on FNC’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gingrich suggested those who he said were misusing and abusing the process could “face a real risk of jail” for the laws they had broken during the so-called investigation.
“Well, you have, both with Attorney General Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok,” he said. “They are breaking the rules. They are going after people in a way which is reminiscent of the British monarchy using closed-door systems that we outlawed deliberately because we’d seen it. We knew what it was like. And they’re running over people’s civil liberties. And what they need to understand is, on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate.”
“And all these people who’ve been so tough and so mean and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every email, because I think it’s clear that this — these are people who are literally just running over the law, pursuing innocent people, causing them to spend thousands and thousands of dollars in legal fees, for no justification,” Gingrich continued. “And it’s basically a lynch mob.”
“Unfortunately, the attorney general of the United States has joined that lynch mob and is totally misusing the FBI,” he added. “And I think, when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down, and the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep. And they’re the ones who are, in fact, going to, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kind of laws they are breaking.”
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CBS Host Stunned NOT ONE Participant in Face the Nation’s Focus Group Believes America is in a Better Place After One Year of Joe Biden (VIDEO)
After Joe Biden’s first year in office, NOT ONE participant in Face the Nation’s focus group believes America is in a better place.
CBS host Margaret Brennan was stunned when the entire panel of six participants, including Biden voters, said America is on the wrong path.
“During the course of the pandemic, “Face the Nation” has been listening to Americans, through Zoom, to get their thoughts on COVID, the economy and how the government is handling it all. On Friday, we checked back in with six of them,” host Margaret Brennan said.
“Who feels like we are in a better place now than we were a year ago?” Brennan asked the panel of six participants.
Every participant said no.
Margaret Brennan was stunned: “No one believes we are in a better spot?”
“I just don’t understand. I thought this is going to be a president for the people of the people,” said Beth, an Independent voter.
Even the Biden voters on the panel blasted Joe Biden.
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