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Prosecutor Quashes Charges Against Judge

January 19, 2008


Article Excerpts:

Mr. Ryan said that the grand jury was experienced, with two lawyers and three police officers, and that at least half the members had been grand jurors multiple times.

“We’ve been to the rodeo before,” he said. “I know the system.”

He said: “My antennae were raised when I read in The Houston Chronicle that Chuck Rosenthal called Justice Medina and told him to appear before the grand jury, but that he would not be a target. It wasn’t a couple weeks later that Mr. Wisner suddenly cooled and said, ‘I don’t think you got anything.’ ”
Mr. Dorrell said the panel’s feeling was “if the D.A. does not have enough evidence, get some more.”

Mr. Ryan said, “We asked for things they never produced.”

On Thursday, he continued, Mr. Wisner sought to block a vote and “we met over his objection.”

The prosecutor told them, he said: “ ‘Don’t bother to bring an indictment. We’re going to “nolo” it.’ ”

They sent Mr. Wisner out of the room and deliberated, Mr. Ryan recounted, and called him back with instructions to draw up two indictments.

“He said, ‘I will not,’ ” Mr. Ryan added. “We said, ‘Get your boss.’ He slammed the door.”

(source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/19/us/19texas.html?pagewanted=print)

Medina attorney asks judge to sanction 2 grand jurors


Jauary 18, 2008

Article Excerpts:

[Referencing an earlier Medina quote] He said mortgage insurance paid off his note after the fire. Yates did not respond to requests for more information about the insurance claim.

Typically, if a borrower fails to insure a home, the lender will take out its own “forced place” insurance policy that covers only its interest and not any owner equity, contents or liability.

David Medina indicted by grand jury for arson


January  17, 2008

Article Excerpts:

Nathan Green, the lead investigator on the case, said in October that a dog detected an accelerant at the fire scene.

It was the second such fire at the family’s home in 10 years; both started in the garage.

Suspicion was fueled by a trail of financial troubles  for the Medinas, including foreclosure proceedings and tax liens against the fire-ravaged home, according to court records and other documents.

A mortgage company filed to foreclose on the home in June 2006, according to public records. Medina and the mortgage company reached an agreement the following December, according to Green.

The foreclosure filing was a “very, very big red flag” for investigators, Green said.

The home was not covered by an insurance policy, which lapsed because the premiums weren’t paid, Green said. The loan on the house was insured by the finance company, he said.