Friday, November 11, 2005

Is anyone really surprised?

Hidalgo County DA Rene Guerra will not prosecute state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa for accidentally leaving his pistol in his carry-on bag and taking it through airport security.

The district attorney said he can't prove criminal intent on the part of Hinojosa, so he can't prosecute the case. Guerra told The Monitor his office will also dismiss three or four similar charges against other individuals, unless there's proof they meant to sneak a weapon past airport security.

This isn't the first case of special treatment for the senator: He received a get-out-of-jail-free card from a McAllen municipal judge before he was even arraigned. As today's story points out:
[McAllen Police Chief Victor] Rodriguez said this was the first case he could remember that was dismissed as it was being arraigned.

The newspaper article also mentions that:
Guerra acknowledged that the wife of Hinojosa’s chief of staff, Rene Ramirez, works under him in the civil section of his office but that he did not speak with either Ramirez about the case.


So, folks, in Hidalgo County at least, if you accidentally forget to take your firearm out of your carry-on before you board a flight, the district attorney won't prosecute you.


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