Waco narcs seized 2 kilos of coke at 3120 S. IH-35 on Feb 28, 2015; a year later, the cases against two men were dropped ‘in the interest of justice,” according to the DA’s office. They did seize a 2003 Mitsubishi.
Waco – Officer Adam Beseda got out of his patrol car and ran down the taller of a Mutt and Jeff team of two Hispanic males after they knocked at, then quickly backed away from the door of room 110 at the Motel 6, 3120 S. I-35.
His report states that Homero Gonzalez-Jaimes “became very nervous” when he asked why he and his running buddy were at the motel. In fact, Gonzalez was so nervous he couldn’t tell him why they had circled the parking lot once, then homed in on the room where a black man surprised him by answering the door.
It looked as if he wasn’t who the two men from Austin were looking for. “I asked if they were visiting friends and he said he didn’t know,” Beseda wrote.
When he began to pat him down for weapons, he noticed Gonzales would not raise his left hand above his head. He kept his arm clamped to his side tightly. Beseda found a solid oblong object under his shirt, near his waist band.
That was a heat-shrink wrapped package of what turned out to be a kilo of cocaine packaged in black plastic electrical tape.
Gonzalez’ companion, Victor Flores, who made the trip from Austin with Gonzales in his grey 2003 Mitsubishi had dodged between two vehicles parked nearby. He ducked down and stood back up quickly. Officers found a similar sized object with the same shape – resembling a videotape cassette – a nearly identical package of one kilo of cocaine hidden under the wheel of a Cadillac. Though it was raining at that hour, about 7:45 pm on February 28, 2015, the top of the black package was dry. It hadn’t been there long.
Beseda put Flores through similar questions.
“I talked with Flores and asked if he was there to see a prostitute or if he was there to engage in prostitution…” As they spoke, according to Beseda, Flores began to relent. “He then told me ‘it is what it is’ and ‘if you say I put it there, then I put it there.’”
In his experience as a Waco narc, Beseda noted in his report, “individuals who have been confronted with the fact of the possession of any amount of narcotics not belonging to them was met with the utmost voice of denial.”
Contrary to all his previous experience, Flores’ tone was very subdued and understanding, Beseda wrote, adding that Flores acknowledged “that what I located was narcotics and he was in close proximity of where those narcotics were located.”
A drug dog alerted on residual odors in the console where the cocaine made its trip from Austin. A field test indicated it was cocaine. The cops, who were working with a full crew of the Drug Enforcement Unit, busted the pair, charged them with the first degree felony of possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver.
They seized the car and started the paperwork for a forfeiture of the vehicle in District Court.
In a “Prosecution Disposition Report” filed in 54th Criminal District Court before Judge Matt Johnson, a finding of dismissal of the charges against both defendants is noted. The Court ordered both to pay a laboratory fee of $180 to have the Department of Public Safety laboratory analyze the controlled substance as cocaine, a schedule 1 narcotic.
He refuses to prosecute cases involving a confidential informant unless that informant’s name is divulged to the prosecution, a fact that is to be made available under the Texas Rules of Criminal Evidence Number 508 upon discovery to defense counsel for the accused.
The circumstances of these cases are revealed in a belated report by veteran narcotics officer David Starr filed on February 9, 2016.
That prompted a Texas Rangers investigation and led to the suspension with pay of both Starr and Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Clare Crook for many months pending the investigation ordered by Reyna.
“On 2/28/15 I received information from an individual whom I know their information to be relable, credible and trustworthy because the individual “herinafter referred to as informant) has provided information to myself and to other officers of the Waco Police Department in the past and on each and every occasion the informant’s information has proven to be true and correct. Informant’s information was corroborated through interviews with other officers and independent investigation. I wish not to reveal the name of the informant for my fears for the informant’s personal safety and well-being. The informant in the past has led to the siezure of controlled substances and arrests and convictions in state and federal courts.
“The information received was that there was an individual coming to Waco from the Austin area that would be in possession of cocaine. The informant was in conact with the suspect as he progressed to Waco. During this contact the informant learned that the suspect was in a small gray colored car but did not learn much more. The initial meeting spot was going to be the Motel 6 at 3120 S I-35. This location is known for high drug activity and is easily accessible from the interstate. We also had investigators watching I-35 in an attempt to locate the possible suspect vehicle…”
When Gonzales did not show up at a forfeiture hearing, the judge awarded his 2003 Mitsubishi to the State of Texas, a vehicle he told the narcs he’d paid $1,000 to purchase when they questioned him prior to his arrest on February 28, 2015
According to court papers filed by the DA’s office on Jauary 8, 2016, “Since a default judgment was entered in this case, the proceeds from the auction will be a 70/30 split.”
Midland Police Detective Kay Therwanger told fellow cops, “FYI DEVELOP YOUR OWN PROBABLE CAUSE” (click for full size image)
Robbie Glossop, Jr. found it hard to believe, much less comprehend.
One moment, he was crossing the street in front of the Midland Police Department in the pre-dawn hours of an April morning in 2013, the next, he was sitting in a cell, trying to arrange bail – for a Class C misdemeanor, jaywalking.
It took twelve hours, but his 83-year-old mother finally arranged bail the following afternoon.
In the ensuing years, he says, he’s gone and figured; now, he thinks he’s got a handle on what happened – and why.
Glossop is the scion of a near-centenary petroleum family business founded by his father.
His divorce from Peggy Summers had just become final, and he was having a lot of trouble getting an explanation from executives at Wells Fargo Bank just why his statements were going to a new address – hers. More about that later. First, why the precipitous police action of clapping him behind bars with a demand for bail, for jaywalking? That’s a matter of history.
Click here to watch a video of the shooting that led to a new statewide police policy on dealing with allegedly angry persons:
The worm turned forever on a blazing hot day in August, 2000 when State Trooper Randall Vetter stopped a 72-year-old man on an I-35 frontage road near San Marcos for not wearing his seat belt. When the man got out of his car, he was holding a Mini-14 rifle at the hip. Despite Vetter’s repeated commands to put the weapon down, the irate little old man took a snap shot from the hip – and scored an accurate hit between the Trooper’s eyes. Then he blithely called dispatchers on the trooper’s own radio, stating his reason as a need for “assistance.”
He died behind bars a number of years later while doing a jolt for murder of a police officer. Vetter died within four days. He had no idea what he was headed for when he flipped on his emergency lights and put his suspect vehicle on the side of the dusty road at Kyle, Texas. Vetter thought he was going to ask an elderly man did he know why he stopped him, check his license and insurance, and make a decision whether to write him a warning ticket, or issue a citation for not wearing a seat belt.
Ever since then, law enforcement agencies have used a device called an “internal service bulletin” to advise fellow officers to watch for certain persons of interest who have indicated they are armed, violent, dangerous, or looking for trouble. Naturally, the cops are advised they should “develop a probable cause” to detain or arrest them – cool them off, slow them down, detain them in order to restore calm, or otherwise keep the peace through filing charges.
How Robbie Glossop reached the point of being a person of interest in a “develop your own probable cause” case of jaywalking is an intricate study in the politics of doing business with too-big-to-fail financial institutions in general, and Wells Fargo in the big middle of the Permian Basin oil patch in particular.
He was angry, and a Midland Police Detective named Kay Therwanger knew it. In her document, she alleged that he was known to be violent, had guns, and had been diagnosed with a mental disorder.
Quite simply, Glossop was pretty sure someone had their hand in his pocket. In the years following, he has gone to elaborate lengths to prove it while the government has frustrated his attorneys’ efforts by withholding vital information that would help cinch his case.
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf apologized before the Senate Finance Committee in September for fraudulent practices discovered in 2013, practices such as opening credit accounts and other services without the knowledge of customers. (Senate press release) But the ranking members – the Democrats – aren’t satisfied. He will be in a January 6 session to answer more and specific questions. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) appears to be determined to show the big shots they may be too big to fail, but not too big to follow the rules while they succeed by using certain – ah, aggressive sales techniques. So far, Wells Fargo’s practices have cost more than 5,000 “team members” their jobs in “community services.”
According to Glossop, “This is about Wells Fargo being used as a pivot point to void (a legal provision known as) arbitration.”
It all started when the Midland cops stopped Glossop for speeding on a trip home from his new address in the DFW Metromess. He was back in town to appear in Municipal Court to answer the summons when someone stole the license plate off his pickup by ripping the bracket and all off the bumper.
Said Glossop, “In that neighborhood where I lived, that kind of thing just doesn’t happen. No one steals peoples’ license plates off their cars – ever.”
On a trip downtown to file a complaint for the theft, he violated the State Traffic Code that prohibits crossing streets in areas other than crosswalks, if designated as such by local authorities. To this day, he and his attorney C. Luke Gunnstaks insist no such crossing zone exists in front of the building, that the cops violate the unwritten rule just as do most visitors because, after all, there is no crosswalk painted on the pavement.
That’s just like, no one gets put in jail for walking across the street from the parking lot to the Midland Police Department – ever.
The Glossops’ d-i-v-o-r-c-e was – ah, sticky, to say the least. Accusations and innuendos flew – back and forth – and when the final decree was due, the divorcée wanted an extension to a protective order, hard fought, lengthy, complete with hearings, depositions and other legalistic falderol.
With the help of Gunnstaks and Odessa divorce attorney Cynthia Clack, Glossop fought the opposition to a standstill – or a draw – with a take nothing judgment. The Judge denied the extension in his final order concerning the post-divorce lititgation. Nevertheless, Glossop still lives out of town.
But the play-by-play in the dispute is interesting in its entanglements with the bank.
According to a legal memorandum generated by the Gunnstaks Law Firm, Glossop’s ex, Peggy Summers, made a sudden career move to working as a member of the Wells Fargo “investment team,” this “despite having no prior work experience in that field.”
In her previous career, Summers had worked in the family business, Glossop Petroleum, and “It is a fact that following his divorce from his ex-wife Margaret Summers (a/k/a Margaret C. Summers, a/k/a Margaret Catherine Glossop, a/k/a Margaret “Peggy” Summers, a/k/a Peggy Glossop), which was rendered on September 13, 2012, and finally signed by the Court on November 7, 2012, Mr. Glossop learned that unbeknownst to him, she had already been hired by Wells Fargo Advisors…”
The family had “for decades” maintained accounts at the bank, according to Gunnstaks, who cited “Glossop’s knowledge of his ex-wife’s ‘character’ and reputation within the family and within the larger community for dishonesty and acts of moral turpitude…”
Due to Glossop’s “knowledge of her personal history of efforts to access the family fortune to the detriment of Mr. Glossop and his sons,” Gunnstaks wrote, Glossop set out to make his concerns known to the management.
What happened next set the tone of all that would follow.
Glossop was at the time wearing black prescription compression socks to keep blood clots from passing to his heart and lungs. Dressed in a black polo shirt and khaki walking shorts, he appeared at the desk of Anthony “Dale” Austin, who was then holding down a position as Vice President, Community Banking District Manager, Concho-Permian Market, at the bank’s high rise location, 500 W. Texas Avenue, in downtown Midland.
Judging from the tone of the questions an answers during depositions, it was the black compression socks, of knee length, that seems to have set the staff in a tizzy. Then, there were the allegations that Glossop strolled around in the hallowed grounds of the “third floor,” picking up cards from peoples’ desks from the little trays where they were displayed for customers to take one.
Since Austin had neglected to return his calls, Glossop reasoned, he would get some cards and phone numbers, titles and names of secretaries, and get back in action on the phones.
But when it comes to allegations of the audacious action of just snatching and grabbing cards out of the little plastic trays used to offer business cards to the customers, Glossop flatly denies that one. He says a secretary furnished the cards upon request.
Gunnstaks notes that “instead of Mr. Austin acting within the scope of his duties to Mr. Glossop as a diligent custodian of Mr. Glossop’s account and the Glossop Family accounts at his banking institution in response to a customer’s serious and immediate concerns about the confidentiality of his accounts within Mr. Austin’s perceived custody, care and control, after Mr. Glossop had spoken to him without incident and had left the premises, Mr. Austin chose to rquest that a “criminal trespass warning” be issued by the Midland Police department in Midland, Texas, on November 12, 2012, which warned Mr. Glossop to not return to the bank at which his family had banked for decades and which held his own accounts and his family accounts which contained no less than hundreds of thousands of dollars in various accounts, and at times tens of millions of dollars, held under the names of his Mother, his Father’s Estate, his son and himself, on some of which accounts Mr. Glossop retained signatory authority.”
Among the allegations of criminal violations, Gunnstaks includes:
18 USC §1344 – Bank Fraud;
18 USC §1341 – Frauds and swindles;
18 USC §1342 – Fictitious name or address;
V.T.C.A., Texas Penal Code §32.51 – Fraudulent Use or Possession of Indentifying Information; and
V.T.C.A., Texas Penal Code §31.17 – Unauthorized Acquisition of Transfer of Certain Financial Information.
Please note that some of the above statutes provide for fines of ‘not more than $1,000,000.00’ or imprisonment for not more than 30 years, or both.
To say the least, questions and answers about the allegations of mail fraud and fictitious address federal violations became testy, when asked of Dale Austin, who was reportedly transferred to a branch bank in Idaho following his problems at Odessa.
“Q. Are you familiar with 18 USC 1342 Fictitious Address…Although it’s not 30 years or a million dollars, you would still want to know if that was happening at your branch under your watch, wouldn’t you sir?
“A. I would not condone activity that would be in violation of the laws or not in the best interests of our customers…”
In the questions, it developed that the information needed to change the addresses on the personal statements of Glossop’s accounts wasn’t available to the Advisors’ department. Someone in the retail banking department would have to have supplied it.
Asked about violation of the Texas Penal Code, Austin replied:
“A. Yes. As I stated, I would be concerned about any violation of our laws or activity that would not be in the best interest of our customers.
“Q. So are you saying that Ms. Summers is not authorized to even have access to that information?
“A. It’s my understanding that the systems that Wells Fargo advisors use do not have access to our retail account information…”
“Q. Right. And that would be a conspiracy, wouldn’t it, a combination of two or more people to achieve an unlawful object?”
At that point, Max Wright, the attorney representing both Wells Fargo and Dale Austin objected, saying “MR. WRIGHT: Objection. That calls for a legal conclusion.”
Gunnstaks said, “You may answer,” and Austin replied, “Again, I don’t know the specifics of the law, but it sounds like it, yes.”
In the aftermath, Gunnstaks recalls that the score is about even. No funds ever changed hands in the admittedly fraudulent raid on Glossop’s personal banking records. As to the Glossop family’s corporate accounts, the answer to that question is “Unknown.”
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal to the Federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) turned up empty because the bureaucrats on the Potomac concluded that “All of the responsive information is related to the OCC’s examination of the Bank, and is, therefore, exempt from disclosure under the FOIA pursuant to exemptions…” The OCC further denied discretionary disclosure.
Peggy Summers lost her job at Wells Fargo. She’s not employed in the Midland office of Cambridge Investment Research, a Fairfield, Iowa outfit though a FINR “Broker Check” showed she was “terminated” in January, 2016 under the allegation that “Employee viewed a client’s account info without authorization.”
Is there a City Hall conspiracy to violate Glossop’s privacy?
He insists there is.
“This was a group of actors who were coming after us.”
Detective Kay Therwanger testified that during the 23 years she worked crimes against persons prior to November of 2012, she had never heard of any complaints against Robbie Glossop made by his former wife Peggy Glossop
Records of those complaints had been subpoenaed for her appearance as a witness. Attorney Cynthia Clack asked her:
“Q. You’ve brought a whole bunch of records with you today in your hands. Are these all the records that you’ve accumulated since November 2012?
“A. Yes, it is…
“Q. Okay. So – and I just want to make sure I understand. The reason you first became aware of Peggy Glossop Summers was because of some voice mail messages that Robert Glossop, Jr., had left with – for Dale Austin (Vice President of Wells Fargo, Midland) to call him.
“A. That is correct.”
The gist of what was established by that line of questions had come earlier. The detective admitted she had never met Amy Bracken previous to that day, that her husband Steven Bracken was employed at the Midland Police Department up until a few weeks prior to that date, and that she had “no idea” why he left the department.
Amy Bracken worked with Peggy Summers at Wells Fargo.
According to Glossop, “It all scared mother so badly, she signed over the mineral rights to 2,000 acres of oil and gas property for twenty cents on the dollar – approximately $38 million.
What is so scary about a bank’s admitted fraudulent practices?
R.S. Gates beats metal detector by palming his blade at H.O.T. Rodeo
Waco – H.O.T. Fair Executive Director Wes Alison admitted he has no records of training or background checks of security guards he hired to check visitors to the Rodeo Grounds at the Extraco Event Center in October.
In response to a Public Information Act request for copies of invoices or receipts, cancelled checks or contracts, he said his department has no records “responsive to the request.”
All those things cost money, and according to theTexas Occupation Code, any guard who “interacts with the public” must be vouched for by official background checks and specifically trained to perform security functions to protect the public.
Information activist R.S. Gates was able to enter the rodeo arena with a knife much longer than the three-inch blade allowed under security regulations. His knife, a serrated-edged, tactical model measures 4.75 inches in length overall, its blade 3.75 inches.
He was able to get past the metal detectors by palming the knife and holding his hands over his head, as directed by the guards, all of whom were wearing green t-shirts clearly marked “Security,” a requirement of state law, on October 10, 2016, according to a complaint to the Private Security Commission of the Department Safety.
On that day, numerous open carry activists assembled at the entry gates of the rodeo grounds in a confrontation with guards, and ultimately Alison, himself, questioning the legality of banning weapons such as knives or handguns at the arena. They pointed to an opinion by the Texas Attorney General which precludes such a practice under a law enacted by the Legislature during its latest session in 2015.
On that day, Alison would respond only by saying, “A decision was made.”
“The archive contains an electronic (pdf) edition of the suppressed book “Smith County Justice” by investigative journalist David Ellsworth (1985) and released by Wikileaks. The book, which exposes corruption in the criminal legal system of Smith County, Texas, USA, was withdrawn by the publisher and removed from all bookstores shortly after publication due to pressure from the authorities exposed in the book. Since then, there has been a concerted effort to suppress the work, resulting in used editions of the book becoming rare and expensive (currently $500 on amazon.com). It is hoped that the availability of this electronic edition will make that suppression more difficult.” Released 2008
Dallas attorney F. Clinton Broden (r) says DA lied on the witness stand
Waco – McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna not only lied in contradictory testimony about consulting the peace officer who signed affidavits of warrantless arrest, he “orchestrated the wholesale arrest” of 177 bikers on May 17, 2015 following a massacre at a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting at Twin Peaks Restaurant.
Furthermore, according to Dallas lawyer F. Clinton Broden, who represents former Scimitars motorcycle club member Matthew Clendennen in his petition for mandamus relief in the Waco 10th District Court of Appeals, Reyna “must see these frivolous persecutions through in order to embolden his position in the (resulting) civil rights cases pending in Federal Court.”
Testimony of police officers at a hearing that Reyna ordered them to drop an investigation of capital murder and aggravated assault and arrest everyone wearing colors for engaging in organized criminal activity;
Reyna testified under oath that he had extensive discussions with Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez about affidavits used to charge 177 defendants, but Chavez later testified that “…he never even saw Reyna that night…”;
The DA also testified that he expects the taxpayers of McLennan County to indemnify him in any judgments in civil rights cases filed for wrongful arrest, “it was later determined that McLennan County Commissioners have made no such agreement with him.”
Said Broden, “all Mr. Clendennen wants is simply to be afforded his due process rights under the United States Constitution and Texas Constitution and have his case prosecuted by an unbiased prosecutor who did not talk reluctant police into arresting him. Mr. Clendennen deserves that, the McLennan County taxpayers deserve that, and the criminal justice system as a whole deserves that.”
It is his defense that Matthew Clendennen was unaware of any war between the Cossacks and Bandidos Motorcycle Club, and that when the shooting erupted, he fled to a hiding place inside the building where police later arrested him without incident.
David Rodriguez, 34, Houston, and Luis Alexandro Reyna, 35, San Juan
“The empty-handed painter from your streets is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets…” – Dylan, “It’s all over now, Baby Blue”
Six Shooter Junction – Funny how tiny administrative details weave a fascinating pattern on the official record.
These things come in over the transom, as it were, when you’re part of a disenfranchised corps of journalistas in disfavor, held incommunicado with official sources – poodle negrito – as it were. Crazy things happen – every day. They lead to even crazier revelations, leading still nowhere. Just saying.
It’s a big swamp. Like Avis used to say, “We try harder.”
The Drug Enforcement Agency had relayed a tip that one of two vehicles, a 2004 Lincoln Navigator driven by Reyna and escorted by a 2012 Ford Explorer blocker car driven by Rodriguez, had a large amount of heroin and methamphetamine on board.
When they located the pair and their cars at Hooters, near the corner of I-35 and New Road, an undercover DEA agent observed the duo meeting inside the breastaurant. The drug dogs alerted on 8 pounds of smack and 9 pounds of crystal in hidden compartments. An undercover DEA agent observed the duo meeting inside the breastaurant. They were charged, then indicted in January, 2016 with possession of the two drugs with intent to deliver, offenses that carry a possible sentence of 15 to 99 years and fines up to a quarter million dollars.
He is Operations Manager for Operation Stonegarden, Rio Grande Valley Sector. That’s a DHS op, and he is a Border Patrol official, but he requested that the San Juan Police “reallocate $7,809.10 (Patrol Overtime/fringe…to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s (Patrol Overtime/fringe…” Just a routine matter.
Naturally, our Abelino Reyna is not a “Junior.” His dad is Felipe Reyna, once the District Attorney of McLennan County and an Associate Justice of the Texas 10th District Court of Appeals at Waco.
But here you have three Reynas, two of them with nearly identical names, involved in twin sister cities with the commonality of being located directly in the beaten path of major weight transactions in illicit narcotics. Like the real estate guys say, there are three things that matter most – location, location and location – when it comes to the territorial imperative.
Naturallly, getting excited about a coincidence of names like Reyna and Rodriguez in these parts is like sending out a global request for relationships between alias Smith and Jones in downtown London. Just saying.
But when it comes to tracing the major league base paths of the ball game between big league players in the game of los narcotrafficantes, the hub city of Waco is at the apex of both the acute and obtuse angles in the intersections of the Sunshine Strips of U.S. 77, I-35, and just a hoot and a holler from U.S. 81, U.S. 281, U.S. 67, Texas Hwy 6, Texas Hwy 36, U.S. 190 – et. al.
The cases of Reyna and Rodriguez bear watching, no doubt.
They say there are no moving violations and no speed traps on the Information Superhighway. Don’t know. Julian Assange spent his time in a fancy little hell hole in The City.
ONE VIEW OF 2016’S DEVELOPMENT OF BULL GOLD FUTURES
7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ – Exodus 32:7
Top money changers worldwide are poised to usher in a wild west gold rush led by the Chinese government, trending off a change in Islamic law.
A securities analyst with a proven track record for predicting bull gold markets in 1971 and 1980, Doug Casey is propagating a trifecta he says will lead to a “perfect storm” in gold futures.
The curtain goes up on December 31, according to his associate, E.B. Tucker.
That’s the day when a new Islamic law will take effect, something arranged by the World Gold Council and the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions. They are the people who set the standards for Islamic financial law – a law that law precludes “immoral trades” in commodities such as alcohol and tobacco – including the trade in gold by weight and volume – and has for the past 42 years.
To give the western mind an idea of the potency of what that Islamic law means, consider the investment by mideastern speculators in 256 tons of gold jewelry during the previous year.
Some 1.6 billion investors will be street legal for trade in gold futures the first of the year, with a potential of $3 trillion total liquidity pouring into a market Casey and many others guarantee will appreciate by thousands of percent. Casey is the analyst who predicted the rise in gold prices in 1971 following Nixon’s establishment of diplomatic relations with the Chines, a trent that resulted in a rise in price of the currency suddenly turned commodity of 2,382 percent.
They predict a per-ounce price of $5,000 will serve as the tipping point that will drive the new values and establish a currency standard in the stratosphere.
Secondly, China has become the top “importer, producer and transporter” of gold, its government encouraging individuals to invest in the precious metal, which shot up 35 percent in value during the first half of 2016.
The Chinese have set up Yuan “clearing banks” throughout the Arab world, beginning in Dubai, following the establishment of its Shanghai Gold Exchange. Tucker writes that it’s a “shot across the bow” to the world, a signal they are hoping to dominate the global gold market through aggressive marketing and customer service.
According to the Casey Research newsletter, “…China’s gold reserves are almost double that of every other major country combined.”
But there’s a big difference in their strategy from that of the western world. China wants to base the price of gold on actual physical gold, not futures contracts.
That’s a radical departure from the game as played over the past 40 years. The LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) and COMEX exchanges base the price of the commodity on the worth of futures contracts.
That brings up the third leg of the stool. “Right now, there are 252 ounces of gold claims per ounce of deliverable gold,” Tucker wrote.
But the major analysts such as Black Rock Money Management and the world’s mining engineers say the numbers prove that gold supplies peaked in 2015. Peak gold came and went in a bear market in which gold prices were artificially suppressed by government credit policies, billionaire speculators and sharp traders like George Soros and his partner Stanley Drunkenmiller. That’s the duo who shorted the British pound sterling by a billion dollars and cleaned up on the deal before John Bull knew what hit him.
This time, they’re not alone. The list of names is long and impressive.
From each year forward, the production of gold will decrease by 20 percent each year.
It beats watching paint dry or betting on which raindrop will reach the sill first. Unlike a horse race, a roll of the bones, or a hand of blackjack, you get something to take home with you, and it looks good when cast as baubles, bangles, bright, shiny things.
Six Shooter Junction – The ongoing controversy over a criminal rule of evidence that requires cops to reveal their sources of confidential information continues to rankle official Waco’s law enforcement community, proof positive of the truth in the old adage that there is danger in the darkness at the edge of town.
So far, according to knowledgeable sources, the ongoing hassle has cost the Chief of Police his job, resulted in the Fire Chief in effect demoting himself through his resignation and reassignment as an Assistant Chief at a local station, and led to the forced early retirement of an arson investgator.
Just last week, after months of grueling investigation by the Texas Rangers, a McLennan County Grand Jury returned no true bill of indictment against the city’s two top narcotics officers after Reyna forced their placement on administrative leave when he discovered that they had neglected to reveal they used a confidential informant to arrange for the purchase of two kilograms of cocaine at an area motel.
They, David Starr and Clair Cook, have been restored to their positions, pending a sit-down between Reyna and a newly appointed Chief of Police.
Here’s the rub, and it’s chili pepper hot.
The Waco cops are on record saying there are no official records of any such investigation, no affidavits, and are unable to furnish any evidence whatsoever of something they claim just does not exist.
The DA just released clear evidence otherwise in a request to the Attorney General’s Office for a ruling on just that.
Public Information activist Randall Scott Gates, a former police officer who worked narcotics cases during his time as a cop, had made an earlier request to the City of Waco, and they said it doesn’t exist.
He is seeking permission to withold the information for two reasons; it contains attorney work product that would reveal the state of mind of the official, and to reveal that would interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation.
That means that there is evidence of just such a violation, and secondly, the City of Waco lied when they said it’s just not there.
“Copies of investigative reports generated by law enforcement agencies are enclosed as “Exhibit B,” as representative samples of investigative and prosecutiv materials contained in the requested records…” he wrote.
Reyna is pitching hard ball. He concluded his request by writing, “As there have been no arrests made nor charges brought in connectin with this matter, the provisions of Government Code (Texas Public Information Act) §552.108(c) do not apply.”
That subsection states the law thusly: “(c) This sectiondoes not except from the requirements of Section552.021 information that is basic information about an arrested person, an arrest, or a crime.”
Savannah Cardoza, 17, slipped her sister’s car out for a spin…
Savannah Cardoza, a 17-year old Midway High School student, became lost on November 3 during an early-morning joyride in her sister’s car. With no driver’s license and lacking permission to drive the car, she left home at 1:30 a.m.
After a stop for directions at an all-night filling station located at the corner of FM 185 and Highway 6, she got back on the road and headed for home driving southbound in the northbound lanes on the limited access highway at Speegleville.
She didn’t notice the red reflectors embedded in the center stripe to indicate wrong direction of travel. A head-on collision with another passenger car broke her bones and those of the driver and passenger involved in the collision. The impact left her car sitting sideways in the road.
The driver of a semi-truck headed north across the twin bridges cleared the one-lane construction zone, then shifted from the left to the right lane before he saw the dim reflection of the one tail light left burning on the mangled car. By then, it was too late to avoid impact.
When Donald Lawrence Ray, a 54-year old driver from Weatherford, swerved the big rig to try to keep from hitting Ms. Cardoza’s disabled car, his truck jacknifed, and his attempt to correct the skid made the combination tractor-trailer flip “several times,” according to a police report.
First responders had to cut his body out of the cab, which a rescue worker described as looking like a wadded up piece of tin foil. Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival at an area hospital.
Police arrested Cardoza at her high school for manslaughter, aggravated assault, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after an accident reconstruction team determined that her actions led to the fatal injury and the serious bodily harm suffered by the driver and passenger in the automobile she hit head on in the initial collision.
Court papers made no mention of a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a license, or if a magistrate set any amount of bail.
A veteran police officer in published reports labeled the fatal collision the most irresponsible driving he has seen in his entire career.
Waco – Both prosecution and defense bars currently practicing in the McLennan County Courts at Law are impatient with a drawn-out, clogged system of justice, according to their writings.
Of the dozen candidates for appointment to fill the unexpired second half term of County Court at Law Judge Mike Freeman, a preponderance emphasize docket control as their number one priority in a droning, slow-paced process of justice.
Most are openly critical of District Attorney Abel Reyna’s policies as they affect the scheduling of cases.
In his application, former Court at Law No. 1 Judge Tom L. Ragland who helped make public notice of dockets on the internet during his four-year term from 2003 to 2006, told the Commissioners Court that aside from adjusting to increased volume of cases caused by a growing population, “In my previous term I learned that the administrative staff were dealing with other department employees they had never met…We learned that duplication of work was not uncommon.”
Through dutch treat luncheons, he was able to help grow a “team effort” toward working as a unit made of many friends, instead of numerous employees of many departments.
Because judges have no input on which cases to prosecute, or to make decisions regarding the method of arrests, there is a problem with “clogging the docket,” Ragland declared. Judges may dismiss cases only if the court clearly has no jurisdiction. Prosecution is entirely up to the District Attorney; arrests are handled solely by police agencies.
“A person indicted for a felony and charged with misdemeanors arising out of the same event made the basis of the indictment can not be forced to testify in the misdemeanor case, nor can he be denied the right to testify on his behalf if he wants to. He cannot plead guilty in the misdemeanor for fear that his plea will be used against him in the felony case. Consequently, the misdemeanor cases just set on the docket until the felony is finalized.”
One way to streamline the process would be to coordinate prosecution. “I recall one case in my previous term as judge of the Court Court at Law where the defendant pled guilty to a felony case and then came before me and pled guilty to twelve misdemeanor cases. He had been in jail long enough to cover all of the misdemeanor cases, but each one of them had to be processed individually. This is not a very efficient way to do business.”
He would like to finish his career filling out Judge Freeman’s term.
Galen Edwards is concerned with “the number of incarcerated defendants on misdemeanor cases.” He wants to create a process requiring the District Attorney to assist in the pre-trial intervention program by sharing information between the departments.
“There have been occasions when my clients were placed in the program, failed the program, and I did not receive notice from the Court when the cases were filed. Sometimes I have been reappointed and other times a different attorney is appointed. Notification to the original attorney of records would be beneficial to all parties involved.” He is calling for a meeting of the minds between court coordinators, cops, probation officers, prosecutors and judges.
Jason P. Darling wrote, “I learned from John Segrest, my boss at the District Attorney’s office, that it is important to not only seek justice but to also move your caseload. I would like to work with the attorneys to help speed up the times between the filing of cases and disposition of those cases. He would like to use scheduling orders, as practiced in other counties, as a method.
Vikram S. Deivanayagam is calling for the use of electronic monitoring to reduce the number of accused misdemeanants incarcerated in the county lockup while awaiting trial.
“I have spoken at great length with Judge Freeman about his reservations about using the electronic monitoring. I understand his philosophical viewpoint that being under house arrest instead of actually being in jail is not real punishment.” Though he doesn’t disagree, he wrote, “I do believe that there is a time where philosophy gives way to reality…”
The system of electronic monitoring in use in County Court at Law No. 2 is successful, he says. “It comes down to math and money.”
Ross Russell is calling for the “return of the rocket docket.” He cites a continual backlog “relative to surrounding County Courts at Law,” something that “is even more pronounced in the Courty Courts’ civil cases.”
In civil cases, “I would implement a standing scheduling order with automatic dates,” he declared. One way to resolve delays would be to “provide for the automatic disclosure of various pieces of evidence without the need for the parties to serve specific discovery requests upon one another (unless they wish to).” Russell is also proposing a system of “civil days” and “criminal days.”
Edward C. Vallejo wants to see a system wherein “attorneys understand that less complex cases, such as Driving While License Invalid, Possession of Marijuana, Theft…” are expedited through the docket. He also wishes to create a special Domestic Violence Court as a counterpart to the Alcohol and Drug Court.
Gerald R. Villarrial also advocates an increased use of electronic monitoring for accused misdemeanants. “If judges use house arrest for an indigent defendant in the misdemeanor court, it only costs the county $6.90 per day for passive monitoring, according to the November 2016 billing cycle reported from Healthcare Recovery.”
Said Doyle L. Young, “First, I think that criminal cases could be moved through the system faster” because “the geat majority of criminal defendants eventually plead guilty and most of them will delay doing so as long as possible. I think most cases could be pushed to a resolution sooner.” He suggests that the Juddge “take pleas on two days per week rather than just on Thursday morning…” Having court coordinators repeatedly schedule, then reschedule cases is costly and time-consuming.
“I think the judge’s final decision on which case is going to trial on a particular day could be made further in advance.” Presently, both sides don’t find out until Thursday afternoon what case will proceed on Monday morning.
Landon Wade Ramsay listed electronic monitoring as a change that “will be able to occur on day one…”
Christi L. Hunting Horse lists an extensive experience in federal practice beginning as a member of the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, a staff attorney for the FBI, as well as prosecution experience at the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office where she became Chief Prosecutor in County Court at Law Number 2.
Wesley Lloyd, president of the McLennan County Republican Club, sums up ten years of experience in his best qualification, the Socratic suggestion that a judge’s basic job is “to hear courteously,” and “to answer wisely.”
“Most citizens do not spend enough time in a courtroom to be comfortable, and many can be intimidated. I believe the best judges have the ability to be disarming without sacrificing the air of authority.”
Judge Jan Patterson, who served as a Justice of the Third Court of Appeals for twelve years, presently teaches as Justice In Residence at Baylor Law, and previously served as the appellate member of the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Her peers placed her as Chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar.
She stated, “Not only have I never had a backlog in my own docket, I have assisted other judges and courts to contend with their backlog.”
Her closing comment is “And finally, it is up to our judges to ensure that we trust our system of justice, that it is fair and that it is perceived by all citizens to be fair.” She attached articles on the subject she wrote for the Waco “Tribune-Herald” and the Austin “American-Statesman” on that subject.