July 23, 2018

Dave Welch, TX Freedom Rally Speaks on TX Supreme Court Justice Place 4 Race

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Dave Welch, Texas Alliance for Ethical Government board member speaks at Texas Freedom Rally on 7/21/12 as to why Christian Conservatives and others should not vote for Justice David Medina in the upcoming runoff election on 7/31/12 for TX Supreme Court Justice Place 4. Welch explains why the Medina arson indictments are relevant in this race and why voters should view the new video “Runaway Grand Jury or Runaway Justice?” and read the truth about who the members of the 1st Grand Jury to indict the Medina really were at: RunawayGrandJury.Org before casting their votes.

Former Hart Galleries owners going to prison in Ponzi scheme

 July 13, 2012


Article Excerpts:

A Harris County judge on Friday ordered Jerry and Wynonne Hart, the former owners of the prestigious Galleria-area auction house Hart Galleries, to begin serving 14-year prison sentences for a $4 million Ponzi scheme, the couple’s attorneys said.

…More than three years after they pleaded guilty, a judge executed the mandate for the 2009 sentence during a court hearing Friday morning and took the Harts into custody, Hart and his 64-year-old wife, Wynonne, pleaded guilty in April 2009 to stealing more than $200,000, a first-degree felony.

…In exchange for the guilty plea, Stroud dropped other charges of theft and money laundering.

…Both sides agreed to let state District Judge Randy Roll decide the punishment.

…Attorneys for the couple argued they should be given probation and sent the judge 160 letters from prominent Houstonians asking for leniency.

…Instead, Roll called the couple “thieves” and said they were running a classic Ponzi scheme.   They were using the newest customer’s money to pay off the oldest customer, he said before sentencing both to 14 years in prison.

…Three months later, with a new set of lawyers, the couple were granted a new trial.  The Harris County District Attorney’s Office fought that ruling through the appeals courts, finally winning late last month and quashing the possibility of a new trial.

Perry’s general counsel benefitted from experts in his own arson-related case


October 15, 2009

Article Excerpts:

The governor’s general counsel, David Medina, was subsequently appointed to the Texas Supreme Court. In a bizarre turn, Medina and his wife were indicted in 2007 in their own arson-related case. They were accused of tampering with evidence in a fire at their home. The Medinas hired experts who found that the arson investigation was flawed and they were cleared of all charges.

Says Smith:  
The parallel is incredible, really. The indictment against Francisca Medina was dismissed because independent experts said the fire could have been started by faulty wiring. Willingham was executed after Perry’s office rejected an independent expert who said the fire that killed the Willingham children was probably not arson, but caused by faulty wiring.

Texas Judge and Wife Excape Arson Charges – Again

August 30, 2009


Article Excerpts:

The fire burned their house down completely and caused damages to two of their neighbors’ homes as well.  It was the second time in ten years that a suspicious fire burned down their home, both times starting in the garage.

Records show signs of trouble in Medina finances

Signs of trouble in Medina finances
Records show judge tapped all his home’s equity

January 31, 2008

Records show signs of trouble in Medina finances

Article Excerpts:

One of  Medina’s neighbors, Georgann  Srock, told the Chronicle that Medina had told her shortly before the fire that he and his wife were preparing to put the home on the market. A sale anywhere near $360,000 might have been a challenge, especially given that a 4,000-square-foot home across the street was listed recently at $174,900.After refinancing for the last time — and struggling to meet the higher note — Medina began to look for other sources of money.   He sold 110 acres of land in Gonzales County in 2004 and 2006.   He reported selling both at a loss.

He also began to draw reimbursement from campaign funds for mileage driven between his Houston home and Austin. From 2005 through 2007, he collected almost $57,000. The Texas Ethics Commission has previously ruled that mileage reimbursement from campaign funds for commuting amounts to using that money for personal benefit, a violation of state law.

Medina grand jurors want to offer evidence to new panel

Jurors disbanded in Medina case want to offer evidence


January 23, 2008

Should any of the former jurors appear before the new grand jury, they cannot divulge anything they heard before their original term ended.

State District Judge Jim Wallace said the grand jurors aren’t legally obligated to remain silent about what they heard after Nov. 2, but asked them to do so.

Legally Speaking: A Judicial Career Up in Flames? The Strange Case of David Medina


January 28, 2008

Article Excerpts

 University of Texas Law School professor and criminal law expert Steven Goode says that while a prosecutor certainly has discretion not to pursue a case, he finds it “very unusual for a prosecutor to decide so soon to seek dismissal of the charges in a well-publicized case.”

Jury blocked from reindicting a Justice

January 23, 2008


Article Excerpts:

At a news conference later, 8 of the grand jury’s 12 members called the district attorney’s handling of the case arrogant and incompetent, The Associated Press reported. “We thought we were doing the right thing,” said one of them, Shannon Burns, “and someone puts a big wall up in front of you and doesn’t let you do what you feel is right.

Judge Questions Decision to Quash Indictments of Texas Supreme Court Justice and Wife; Criticizes Actions of Prosecutors as Premature and Careless

January 23, 2008


Article Excerpts:

While state Judge Jim Wallace agreed to the prosecutor’s demand to toss out the indictments, he strongly criticized both the decision and the competence of the prosecutors — voicing obvious questions over why prosecutors would seek an indictment over months only to quash those indictments when they are handed down by a grand jury.

Juror in Medina case speaks out again


January 20, 2008

[Terry Yates referencing grand jury and case]:  “It was predetermined in the sense that there was not sufficient evidence that Judge Medina did anything wrong and for them to indict, this case anyway, it just shows they had an agenda.”

Article Excerpts:

“I love grand juries. I think they do a tremendous job. They have a tremendous function in the system,” said Yates. “It was predetermined in the sense that there was not sufficient evidence that Judge Medina did anything wrong and for them to indict, this case anyway, it just shows they had an agenda.”

Ryan writes the following:

“Comments like yours serve only to impugn the integrity of the twelve citizens of Harris County who have given up considerable amounts of their time to ensure justice is done.”

“These are not twelve hicks from Mayberry USA who just rode into town on the turnip wagon.”