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The loooooooong Edinburg case DA stumbles over Molina and wife
The loooooooong Edinburg case DA stumbles over Molina and wife

Hidalgo County District Attorney seems to be stumbling over the alleged voter-fraud case involving Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife. Whether the case will ever be brought to trial before the end of this year is still a matter of speculation. The trial against the mayor, with assistant DA and former criminal defense attorney Mike Garza working as lead prosecutor, has been granted another court delay after the DA’s office recently turned over “additional information” to Molina’s defense team. A week or so before the trial was set to begin? Did one of the approximately 20 people alleged to have taken part in the Great Voting Conspiracy of 2017” suddenly tell the DA’s office, “Hey, you know what, the mayor did tell me to vote in Edinburg even though he knew I lived in McAllen. Now, do you promise to drop all charges against me if I sign an affidavit to that effect? I know this is the fifth time you’ve interviewed me, and I’ve said no, but now I’m willing to tell the truth. Also, can you fix a minor traffic ticket? Plus, mi hermano was recently popped with a truck load of meth he didn’t know he was carrying. Guys he was working for told him he was hauling recycled iron. Can you help with that, too?” The problem with the case against Molina, his wife, and their 2017 campaign workers is that the DA’s office is involved. The DA’s aunt is former JP Mary Alice Palacios who apparently has at least two homes. The one she lives in north of the city, and the one in Edinburg she claims as her residence for voting purposes while approximately eight other people claim to live there as well. Closeness, ah. Her sisters have similar homes. After Molina was the mayoral seat in November 2017, Mary Alice and her insurance associates lost the city’s health insurance contract, which was estimated to cost her and her associates somewhere well north of $100,000. Not too long after that, she filed a voter-fraud claim against Molina with the state. When it landed in DA Ricardo Rodriguez’s lap, he said, fine, and handed it off to Mike Garza. Later, when asked if having Mary Alice as his aunt didn’t conflict his office, Rodriguez said, no, and besides, the state AG’s office had asked for his help. So what was he supposed to do? Say no? If the ...

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