2012-05-02 / Front Page

Discord between Judge and D. A. continues


Rather than signing a motion to recuse himself in connection with the driving while intoxicated case of a commissioner’s son, County Judge John F. Gonzales Jr. said he is requesting a hearing to try to set the record straight.

Gonzales claims District Attorney Bernard Ammerman has been making false statements to the media concerning the case of David Guerra, son of Precinct 1 Commissioner Eliberto “ Beto” Guerra who was arrested and charged with DWI on April 16, 2011.

The county judge was going to preside in the case and the younger Guerra was to be represented by Dan Rios, a legal counsel for the Willacy County Local Government Corp.

But since Gonzales and the commissioners are member of the LCG board, Ammerman filed a motion to recuse the county judge, citing partiality, personal bias and/ or prejudice in favor of the defendant.

Gonzales initially said that he voluntarily will recuse himself, but has changed his mind because of Ammerman’s “lies.”

“ The problem with Ammerman is that he is young and doesn’t know much,” the judge said. “ I never met with David Guerra and Dan Rios.”

The district attorney expressed disbelief over Gonzales comment.

He said he has tried more than 5,000 cases during the 10 years he has been a state prosecutor.

Gonzales also said a rule of his court is that no one meets in his chamber without having all the parties involved.

Ammerman recused himself from the case last week and he is requesting that a special prosecutor handle the case.

The DA’s motion was sent to Judge Rolando Olvera of the 444th state District Court in Brownsville, who will appoint a special prosecutor.

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