Sunday, December 7, 2014
Stumbling away from justice.......
"You are going to ruin my life," stated Nora Longoria.
Justice Nora Longoria, 49, was stopped at 1 am on North 23rd Street in McAllen Texas for going 69 in a 55 mph zone on July 12 2014. She admitted to the police that she had five beers in the past three hours before getting behind the wheel but she thought flashing her court badge would give her a "get out of jail free" card.
She had the misfortune it seems to have been pulled over by an honest cop and at that time, she started begging. While slurring her words, she pleaded with the police to let her drive home the few miles she had left. She added that she had worked very hard for 25 years to get to her position of 13th Court Justice of Appeals.
She failed the sobriety tests miserably and refused to submit to a blood test or breathalyzer test. The police dash cam caught her struggling to walk a straight line and stumbling during the test so it looked like it would be a fairly easy case to prosecute. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and released from jail on a $2,000 bond the same morning.
Her case was heard in court on November 20 2014 and it was promptly dismissed. It seems that the only video that was shown in court was the one that had been made while she was in the police station and she was a bit more "sober" looking in that one. The judge felt that there was not enough evidence to prove that she was intoxicated when she had been pulled over and he gave her that "get out of jail free" card afterall.
The McAllen police stated that they don't know why the dash cam video was not in the hands of the prosecutors when her case was heard. Odd but stranger still was their ability to make it available for release to the public shortly after Longoria's case was dismissed. Somehow her tape of a very lame imitation of dirty dancing must have gotten lost in the mail? I guess that it is true.... having powerful friends can save your ass in a time of need.
Best qualified to beat the charges?