Four months after the sitting judge of Galveston’s 405th District Court was elected to state-wide office, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott named his choice of her successor.

Abbott on Wednesday named Friendswood attorney Jared Robinson to the position. Robinson is a partner at Galveston law firm Jones Robinson LLP and is a former assistant district attorney at the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.

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Carlos Ponce

RE: "The Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act" or "El Chapo Act": funds that are Forfeited from the conviction of a member of the drug cartel will be used for security measures along the Texas-Mexico border to stem the flow of illegal narcotics from Mexico. This includes wall construction.
Text at:
https://www.cruz.senate.gov/files/documents/Bills/20190103_elchapo2.pdf
Also check out the "Comprehensive Crime Control Act" of 1984 which amends the "Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act" of 1970 to allow the Attorney General to transfer drug-related forfeited property to other Federal, State or local agencies.
Some of El Chapo's $14 Billion are in this country but much of it is in Mexico. Funds in the US - no problem. Those in Mexico will be tied up in negotiation. Mexico's attorney general Raul Cervantes says they can't find the money. Riiiiiight....
Recommendation to Senator Cruz: Liberals throw a hissy fit when they see the word "wall". Change it to "barrier".

Gary Scoggin

Cruz’s bill is interesting and appealing but in reality I’m afraid it’s little more than a political stunt. I’m afraid there are too many legal, legislative and political hurdles to cross between points A and B. Regarding the funds in Mexico what is their motivation to send a penny of it North?

George Croix

Taking away the whole 320 million bucks a year, give or take a bit, would be pretty good incentive to ‘repurpose’ some of it.....a gutless, both sides, Congress will neve go for that because they all just want the issue to fundraise with....imo

George Croix

Sorry. Fat finger vs tiny screen and senior moment......320 of AID money they get from us....

Vanessa McAfee

It is interesting. I wonder what is different than when it was introduced the first time? It not only failed when both R’s had control of the house and the senate, it was snubbed. I also find it ironic because the trial clearly shows us how Chapo got drug to the US by way of legal entry points and tunnels. Interesting topic to explore and a good case to watch to follow where the money actually ends up.

Jim Forsythe

"Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act" 2017 (H.R. 2186), did not make it out of committee or have a floor vote.
What would be different this time for the "El Chapo Act" to get enough support to pass. We already have laws as to where the money should go, if we ever see a penny.
Why would Mexico give up any of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's assets, when they could just keep it?
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán assets may never be recovered, as drug lords tend to hide assets, so as not to lose them if arrested.

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