Video: Prosecutor loses it

posted at 10:45 am on November 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

He says he’s not “loco”, but Wallacy County, Texas prosecutor Juan Guerra certainly looked crazed when he yelled at a judge for stripping him of his authority to pursue several criminal indictments. He demanded that the judge recuse himself and restore Guerra’s authority, but this tirade won’t help his cause when the Texas Supreme Court justices see it:

Caleb Howe and Tommy Christopher has followed the delusional case of Guerra since the DA indicted Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales for prisoner abuse, using the flimsiest of legal arguments. Tommy has little sympathy for Guerra and his antics:

Guerra has said that opponents of this case have tried to paint him as “loco.” I don’t know about that, but bringing up your own indictments during a corruption trial seems like poor salesmanship, at best.

If nothing else, this strange display demonstrates that Guerra may need help, and not just in a legal sense. Watch the other attorneys as they roll their eyes towards the end of this tirade.


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This guy has Assistant AG written all over him – hope the dems are vetting him.

Vashta.Nerada on November 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Typical guy who wants to put people in jail because he disagrees with them. Big shocker.

MadisonConservative on November 24, 2008 at 10:50 AM

If only Judge Judy had handled him!

Shy Guy on November 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Main page screencap for this post needs fixin’, Ed.

MadisonConservative on November 24, 2008 at 10:52 AM

How is this guy going to get Bush and Cheny ?

Obviously Bush is a bigger threat than other criminals this DA could pursue.

BDS may be with us for all ten years of Obama’s reign.

Right_of_Attila on November 24, 2008 at 10:53 AM

This dolt is an absolute nut but obviously a prime candidate for the Obama administration.

rplat on November 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM

When launched into the laundry list of experts and witnesses he had prepared all I could think was “What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.”

HawaiiLwyr on November 24, 2008 at 10:56 AM

He’s going crazy. Get out the tranquilizer gun, the straight jacket and the padded van.

Mr. Joe on November 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Another indictment alleges that Cheney’s personal investment in the Vanguard Group, which invests in private prison companies, gives him culpability in alleged prisoner abuse.

I own shares in Vanguard — as do a million other people. Guess we all will be indicted.

Blake on November 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

That display was not that bad. I have seen far worse.

guido911 on November 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

now you’re linking to Micheal Moore? what’s going on here? is this bizzaro world?

Kaptain Amerika on November 24, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Who are you trying’ to get crazy with, Ese? Don’t you know I’m loco?

jacrews on November 24, 2008 at 10:59 AM

There is a Willacy County and a Waller County in TX…

RushBaby on November 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Did he say why he failed to appear in court earlier last week?

Blake on November 24, 2008 at 11:02 AM

If you ever get to see a attorney go “crazy” in real life… it is almost like watching a rabid dog get hit by a semi and live.

i am thinking this isn’t it, but darn close.

upinak on November 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

If I were the judge, I’d have had this guy locked up for contempt of court.

rbj on November 24, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Where the hell is Judge Roy Bean when you need him?

Limerick on November 24, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Locoists.

Bishop on November 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Ah, another self-righteous, rectal part of the anatomy, in action……

DL13 on November 24, 2008 at 11:23 AM

He’s 100% competent, must have gone to a public school to come up with that fuzzy math. When he was speaking he didn’t sound very competent, couldn’t put an entire sentence together. What do you have to do to be thrown in jail for contempt of court in Texas? That would have made the video complete.

Tommy_G on November 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Well in anglo-saxon culture, this courtroom outburst might be unusual from a lawyer, but in the Hispanic culture, this barely qualifies as raising the voice.

keep the change on November 24, 2008 at 11:28 AM

A clear case of ditch weed fever.

T J Green on November 24, 2008 at 11:48 AM

That would be WILLACY county, Ed.

It’s local to me and yeah, that guy is nuts. Actually, I think he’s recently been indicted himself.

Kai on November 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Haven’t finished building his house of cards.
All Jokers

Kini on November 24, 2008 at 11:52 AM

wait…is this the trial regarding Bush? whatever this trial is about, it’s conspicuously absent from the story.

bloghooligan on November 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I get so tired of American “news people” trying to prounounce Spanish names like natives while they mangle other non-English names without regard. Pet peeve.

DarkCurrent on November 24, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Is this what drug abuse at an early age does to people?

DL13 on November 24, 2008 at 12:05 PM

It’s the “prison abuse” thing where Cheney and Al Gonzalez were indicted by Guerra.

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4AI11B20081119

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/guerra_92028___article.html/state_county.html

Kai on November 24, 2008 at 12:06 PM

From the Brownville Herald article.

l February 2007, Guerra handcuffed himself to a table outside the Willacy County Jail daring authorities to arrest him for violating his bond conditions. Guerra had been arrested on theft charges after he refused to let police execute a search warrant at his office. The warrant stemmed from an alleged sale of a state-confiscated vehicle.

Guerra later brought in a trailer, a horse, some goats and a rooster and remained camped outside the jail for almost two weeks. Guerra had refused to go back to his office saying officials tainted it when they executed a search warrant there.

l March 2007, a Willacy County grand jury indicted Guerra on allegations of theft, attempted theft and tampering with government records, perjury and abuse of official capacity. The indictments pertained to Guerra’s attempt to shut down a bail bond company and using county property for personal use.

The indictments were later thrown out due to lack of evidence to support the charges. Judge Lopez had appointed Gus Garza as special prosecutor in the case.

l December 2007, Guerra was named to Texas Monthly’s annual Bum Steer Awards.

l April 2008, Guerra was criticized for dismissing a murder charge against a Mexican national teenager who had been accused of killing her baby.

Guerra at that time said he dismissed the charge against the teenager so she could get psychiatric treatment after put on suicide watch.

Kai on November 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Is this what drug abuse at an early age does to people?

DL13 on November 24, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Severe, systematic damage like that is more likely due to prenatal exposure.

DarkCurrent on November 24, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Are there any Americans down there? EVERY single person is Hispanic including the news crew.

Charles Martel on November 24, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Charles Martel on November 24, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Welcome to Texas Tejas, where you’re always more likely to hear Spanish, rather than English, being spoken in public.

exlibris on November 24, 2008 at 12:57 PM

That display was not that bad. I have seen far worse. -guido911

Agreed. I expected far worse. He seems passionate. But what do I know?

Ludwig on November 24, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Latino heat in the court room.

Hening on November 24, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Why are all the wacky prosecutors from Texas?

n0doz on November 24, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Ay caramba!

D2Boston on November 24, 2008 at 1:17 PM

izquierdo…con educación….estan izquierdo hombre con grande loco cerebro.

Black Adam on November 24, 2008 at 1:49 PM

arrrrriba

Black Adam on November 24, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Was he trying out for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”?

Zorro on November 24, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Vanguard is a mutual fund company that manages many funds with a variety of stocks in each fund. Typically, no one stock will have much influence on the overall performance of the mutual fund. This is NOT like buying stock in a company then providing govt funds to that company.

jerseyman on November 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM

The peyote will wear off in a day or two and he’ll be back to normal stupid.

whitetop on November 24, 2008 at 3:01 PM

A chuga-chuga motion like a railroad train, now.
Come on baby, do the loco-motion.

moxie_neanderthal on November 24, 2008 at 4:30 PM

This took place in Willacy County btw

raiderdav on November 24, 2008 at 4:38 PM

And then there’s this.

MirCat on November 24, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I wonder who is going to play him in the Oliver Stone movie?

schmuck281 on November 24, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Another Geraldo Rivera.

wepeople on November 24, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Juan Guerrrrrrrrrrra! (so say the newsreaders)

(Appropriate name, by the way, for such a belligerent fellow.

Tzetzes on November 24, 2008 at 8:33 PM