Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales Indicted in Private Prison Case in Texas

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Democracy Now!
Nov 20, 2008

Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales Indicted in Private Prison Case in Texas

A Texas judge has set an arraignment date for Friday for Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. They were indicted this week by a Texas grand jury on state charges accusing them of responsibility for prisoner abuse in a privately run federal jail. We speak with Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra. [includes rush transcript]

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Strange ‘Cheney’ case takes a strange twist 20 Nov 2008 Lawyers for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales were bewildered Wednesday when the prosecutor in a slew of indictments against them [Willacy County prosecutor Juan Angel Guerra] failed to appear in court. “At the very least, I expected the district attorney to be here,” Manuel Bañales said, asking Guerra’s office manager, “Do you know where he is?”

South Texas indictments of Cheney, Gonzales move forwardProsecutor who won indictments, lame duck Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra, was a no-show in court and *is missing* –Judge ordered Texas Rangers to go to his house and check on his well-being 19 Nov 2008 Texas judge has set a Friday arraignment for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a state senator and others named in indictments accusing them of responsibility for prisoner abuse in a South Texas federal detention center. Presiding Judge Manuel Banales said Wednesday he will allow them to waive arraignment or have their attorneys present rather than appear in person at the hearing. Banales also said he would issue summonses rather than warrants for the indicted since all have served in some public capacity. That would allow them to avoid arrest and the need to post bond.

Arraignment set for Cheney, Gonzales in Texas 19 Nov 2008 A Texas judge has set a Friday arraignment for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others named in indictments accusing them of responsibility for prisoner abuse in a federal detention center. Cheney, Gonzales and the others will not be arrested, and do not need to appear in person at the arraignment, Presiding Judge Manuel Banales said.

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Breaking: Judge removes Guerra as prosecutor for 5 of 9 criminal cases involving Cheney, Gonzales –Texas Rangers to escort Guerra to court Friday morning after having been found in Mexico 20 Nov 2008 After being AWOL from the job [?!?] and violating sections of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct – Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel “Johnny Guerra” has been replaced in five of the nine criminal cases he convinced a grand jury to file against Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney Mervyn Mosbacker, state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., District Judges Migdalia Lopez and Janet Leal, former Willacy D.A. Gustavo “Gus” Garza, and District Clerk Gilbert Lozano, along with GEO Corp., and former warden David Forrest. Presiding District Judge J.Manuel Banales has appointed Asst. Cameron County to Alfredo Padilla to handle the cases for Mosbacker, Lopez, Leal, Garza, and Lozano due to Guerra being absent from court… The Texas Rangers will likely wait for Guerra to cross the international bridge near Reynosa or catch him driving on U.S. 77 southbound from Houston, either tonight or early tomorrow. He will then be taken into protective custody and escorted to court in Raymondville tomorrow morning. Guerra could continue as prosecutor for Vice President Cheney, Gonzales, Sen. Lucio, GEO Corp., and Forrest.

2 thoughts on “Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales Indicted in Private Prison Case in Texas

  1. “prisoner abuse in a privately run federal jail” (Huh? That’s like saying Nixon’s big crime was Watergate, while he was the one ordering the carpet-bombing of Cambodia…)

    So… Since Rove never showed up for his subpoena and nobody complained (precedent now set), why indict Chainey now on frivolity, so they can say they did?

    What a nation of laws we are.

    Speaking of laws, can immunity be granted by presidential pardon after indictments are served? (Even if indicted only for this for frivolity in light of his war-crimes)

    A bit little a bit late, but A for effort (or F for fools errand at this point).

    I like the ‘citizen’s arrest’ idea better– of course Chainey flicked that off like a fly.

    He needs to be brought up on charges of WAR CRIMES in front of an international tribunal, evidence abundant for conviction for WAR CRIMES, carrying life sentence in zoo for WAR CRIMINALS for all to forever oggle at, and say, for once and for all, ‘Never Again’.

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