Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#TXLEGE: Uresti in REALLY deep doo-doo....

"knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,"
1 Timothy 1:9

Jimmy Galindo, the former West Texas official accused of splitting about $850,000 in bribes with state Sen. Carlos Uresti, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in San Antonio.

Galindo, who was county judge of Reeves County from January 1995 to December 2006, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and failure to file a 2013 tax return.

Galindo, 53, struck a deal with federal prosecutors May 18, agreeing to “fully cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of any and all criminal transactions known to the defendant,” including the case against Uresti.

Uresti, the San Antonio Democrat serving Senate District 19, is accused of using his consulting company, Turning Point Strategies, and his law firm’s bank accounts to pay Galindo his share of the bribes they received from a Lubbock businessman.


Uresti, 53, and Farthing, 44, were indicted by a federal grand jury May 16 on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. They have each entered not-guilty pleas.

Separately, Uresti faces 13 charges carrying more than 200 years in prison over his involvement in FourWinds Logistics, a bankrupt oil field services company for which he provided legal services and received commissions for attracting investors. Uresti also has pleaded not guilty to those charges, which include securities fraud and wire fraud.


Meanwhile, Uresti has asked for a continuance in both his cases, which are slated for trial next month, because Gov. Greg Abbott called a special legislative session that is scheduled to start July 18.
The continuance means this probably won't have much of an impact in the special session, but consider the following: If Uresti is convicted, there will have to be a special election to fill the remainder of his term...and it's not crazy to think that a Republican could win District 19 in a special election.

Read the whole thing here.

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