Save Our State  

Go Back   Save Our State > General Forum (non official Save Our State business) > The Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch Topics and information of interest to SOS associates in relation to courts, law, and justice

Immigration Pushed To The Forefront Again.... Thanks! To Everyone Who Has Propelled This Issue To Its' Rightful Position. Years Of Hard Work Are Paying Off.....Keep Up The Good Work!......
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-13-2009, 01:33 AM
Jeanfromfillmore's Avatar
Jeanfromfillmore Jeanfromfillmore is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 4,287
Default Hundreds of accused felons deported rather than prosecuted

Hundreds of accused felons deported rather than prosecuted
04:04 AM CST on Friday, November 6, 2009
By DAVID SCHECHTER & MARK SMITH / WFAA-TV
DALLAS - Hundreds of accused felons charged with murder, rape, assault and kidnapping have been deported from Dallas County without having to face criminal prosecution.
News 8 has found that the practice to allow charged felons to circumvent the justice system occurs not only in Dallas, but in major cities throughout Texas and the nation.
The accused are undocumented immigrants, many of which are Mexican Nationals, who bond out from jail and are transported by federal immigration buses to the border and then set free.
"That’s tragic and unacceptable,” said David Finn, a former Dallas County District Judge and former federal prosecutor. “... The left hand and the right hand are not on the same page and they're not communicating."
Finn, along with other authorities, said the problem has been a long-standing “black eye” on the U.S. criminal justice system.
Based on extensive interviews and research, News 8 found that federal, state and local law enforcement simply fail when it comes to cooperating to ensure accused felons go to trial.
From June through August, at least 20 Mexican citizens facing state felony charges in Dallas County were released to Mexico, according to a News 8 review.
One estimate by the Dallas County District Attorney’s office indicates the number of deported felons may be staggering.
Since 1991, the research estimates that the following accused Dallas felons were set free:
• 128 accused murders
• 18 attempted murderers
• 409 child abuser–rapists
• 54 rapists
One of the accused includes Jose Salvador Tinajero. He faced the possibility of life in prison for allegedly molesting his two step daughters, one of whom was only four years old. News 8 found that he was deported in August prior to trial.
The practice first came to light in mid-August. At the time, Jose Adan Rico faced the possibility of life in prison after he was charged with the violent rapes of two Dallas girls ages 12 and 14.
The girls told police that Rico, 34, entered unlocked doors to their respective apartments and bound their arms and covered their eyes with duct tape. Rico told one girl he had a gun and would kill her if she didn’t quit screaming, one of the victims said.
Instead of going to trial, Rico posted bond and within hours was loaded onto a bus to be set free in Mexico.
At the time, Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins said he planned to meet with federal authorities. He said he hoped to come up with policies and procedures to ensure accused felons went to trial.
But, since Rico’s release, Watkins has not had official high-level discussions to address the issue. He also declined to comment for this story.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials also have repeatedly declined comment. They said their agencies are ready to cooperate with Watkin’s office, if asked.
Others, however, have taken some action.
Dallas County District Judge Mike Snipes said he notified the U.S. Attorney’s office last week about the problem. He asked for more information sharing between federal and local authorities about pending criminal charges.
“There are a lot of people down here who have access to that information,” he said. “It doesn't have to be that complicated, I don't think."
Ernesto Fierro, an investigator with Watkin’s office, said he was so troubled by the practice that he compiled estimates of accused Dallas area felons who were released. Fierro also has collaborated on a plan for a joint immigration task force of local and federal agents.
“I’m furious,” he said. "That's the whole reason I drew this up and wrote it on my own time. I didn't get paid or assigned to do this.”
The Dallas County District Attorney’s office tabled the estimated $200,000 proposal due to budget and personnel cuts.
Fierro, however, continued on his own time to act on tips from a close friend who happens to be a federal ICE officer.
"It’s not his job to do that,” Fierro said referring to tips he receives from the ICE agent about impending deportations. “It’s not my job to get that call and go do something about it."
But that's exactly how Fierro got tipped off last week about Juan Antonio Morales, who was accused of the sexual assault of a child.
Fierro returned Morales to the Dallas County Jail only hours before his scheduled deportation to Mexico. He said he was relieved to know that Morales didn’t join the hundreds of accused felons who have already taken bus rides to escape pending charges.
E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com
http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dw...28ae52611.html
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-13-2009, 08:19 AM
Twoller Twoller is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,296
Default

Doing this might actually make sense if we were policing against illegal immigration. You throw the vermin out instead of spending money locking them up. But since we are not policing against illegal immigration, they are just going to come back again.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-13-2009, 07:16 PM
ilbegone's Avatar
ilbegone ilbegone is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,066
Default

How large of bail are we talking here?

It seems to me that these kind of charges generally have a very high bail amount so that the average income suspect can't afford to post bond.

And to just walk away, surrender to ICE, and board a bus for Mexico?

Something stinks here.

Quote:
At the time, Jose Adan Rico faced the possibility of life in prison after he was charged with the violent rapes of two Dallas girls ages 12 and 14.
The girls told police that Rico, 34, entered unlocked doors to their respective apartments and bound their arms and covered their eyes with duct tape. Rico told one girl he had a gun and would kill her if she didn’t quit screaming, one of the victims said.
Instead of going to trial, Rico posted bond and within hours was loaded onto a bus to be set free in Mexico.
__________________
Freibier gab's gestern

Hay burros en el maiz

RAP IS TO MUSIC WHAT ETCH-A-SKETCH IS TO ART

Don't drink and post.

"A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat." - Old New York Yiddish Saying

"You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra

Old journeyman commenting on young apprentices - "Think about it, these are their old days"

SOMETIMES IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

Never, ever, wear a bright colored shirt to a stand up comedy show.

Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright SaveOurState ©2009 - 2016 All Rights Reserved