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.

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

January 23, 2008

 http://jonathanturley.org/2008/01/23/judge-questions-decision-to-quash-indictments-of-texas-supreme-court-justice-and-wife-criticizes-actions-of-prosecutors-as-premature-and-careless/

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.

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.