Monday, January 21, 2008

Just a Country Lawyer? .....

While watching this report on CBS 7/KOSA-TV last week, I had a chance to see Albert Valadez heading into the Monahans courthouse to present motions on behalf of his client, a West Texas man charged in connection with an alleged scandal at the Texas Youth Commission facility in Pyote.

Valadez has years of experience in courthouses in small towns like this, including his tenure as 83rd District Attorney, a 'circuit' office that covered multiple counties in the more remote areas of Trans-Pecos Texas.

'Just a country lawyer?' Hardly. No more than was the late U.S. Senator
Sam Ervin, who popularized the phrase during the Watergate hearings.

I watched Valadez at work for a number of years, when I was managing editor of the
Fort Stockton Pioneer, just a couple of blocks up Water Street from the DA's office. He's a strong advocate in a part of Texas that has brought forth a wide array of challenges to our legal system ..... for example, the fatal shooting of Esequiel Hernandez by U.S. Marines, on the border near Redford; and the Republic of Texas standoff near Fort Davis.

I expect prosecutors in this case will have their hands full.

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