Week in Review: 11.03.2019

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Week in Review: 11.03.2019

Former constable faces felonies; Houston intern spent $35k on trip; Texas appeals judge remains on bench; Mayor threatens to bypass city council.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, November 3, 2019

Hot water gets deeper for former Bexar County constable – Michelle Barrientes Vela, a former Bexar County constable, and three of her deputies are being investigated for the felonies of evidence tampering, perjury, and official oppression, according to a search warrant affidavit released Tuesday.

Records show Houston intern spent $35,000 on trips, including to Berlin and Manila – Taxpayers got charged for a Houston Airport System intern to travel to nine different cities in the past year, including Berlin and Manila, at a cost of $35,000, FOX 26 reported on Thursday.

Court filings say Houston-area appeals court judge serves while suffering from Alzheimer’s – Texas First Court of Appeals Justice Laura Carter Higley has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but continues to serve on the bench, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Easton mayor says he will use ‘executive powers’ to usurp opposition from city council – Although a majority of the Easton City Council disagrees with him on recent issues, Mayor Walter Ward has told the Longview News-Journal he will use the alleged power to bypass opponents of his office to accomplish his goals in the small East Texas town.

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