December 16, 2017

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

 http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2009/10/perrys-general-counsel-benefit.html/

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.

Juror in Medina case speaks out again

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=5903801

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.”


Medina attorney asks judge to sanction 2 grand jurors

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Medina-attorney-asks-judge-to-sanction-2-grand-1774536.php

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.