Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Federal Judge in Redistricting Battle is Brother in Law of Texas Democrat Senate Caucus Chairman

Judge Orlando L. Garcia is the Brother-In-Law of Democrat State Senator Leticia Van De Putte. Van De Putte was recently the Texas State Senate Caucus Chairman for nearly a decade and she is one of the most liberal Democrats in Texas. Judge Orlando Garcia should have stepped down because of this clear conflict of interest.

I was speaking to a State Senator the other night (he will remain anonymous). We were talking about Texas Redistricting and about the US Supreme Court stopping the ridiculous abuse of power by the two Judges in the San Antonio Federal Court. It was almost as if the Democrats were single handedly allowed to redraw the maps, and then these Judges just used what the Democrats had drawn.

This State Senator asked me if I knew that one of these 2 Federal Judges was the brother in law of the Texas Democrat Senate Caucus Chairman. I almost did not believe him at first because, well, if this was true then it would have been all over the news, but I had never seen this on the news.

Maybe Judge Garcia and Senator Van De Putte do not communicate with each other? Wrong! The State Senator I was talking to told me that Judge Garcia is known to eat dinner nearly every Sunday night with Senator Van De Putte.

Maybe Senator Van De Putte does not have an opinion about Redistricting battles in Texas? Wrong! Senator Van De Putte was very vocally against Republicans in the 2003 Texas redistricting battle. She accused Republicans of trying to hurt minorities in redistricting. That sounds very familiar to what is being said in this year’s redistricting battle. Senator Van De Putte very likely played a hand in making sure this redistricting lawsuit was filed in San Antonio where her brother in law is the Federal Judge. Senator Van De Putte also very likely used her relationship with the San Antonio Judge to inappropriately affect the court’s decision. I guess if you do not want the Elected Officials of Texas to draw the maps as required by the Constitution, then the next best thing would be to ask your brother in law Judge to redraw the maps right? This is judicial activism and corrupt government at its worst.

Also, a reader just sent this comment in to me: Sen Van Putte was also co-chair of the National Democrat Convention in 2008. The lawsuits filed in Justice Orlanda Garcia's court were funded by the National Democrat Redistricting Trust. The National Democrat Redistricting Trust was given a favorable ruling by the FEC, ruling the donors could remain anonymous.

Redistricting Panel Conflict of Interest, Media Cover Up

This relationship between Judge Garcia and State Senator Van De Putte is shocking. Just as shocking is the fact that the media has completely ignored this clear conflict of interest. There was a Republican State Representative, Sarah Davis, who heard about this conflict of interested and objected to this conflict of interest, but the Federal Court quickly shot down her motion. The State Senator that I was talking to mentioned that the Texas Attorney General’s staff did not want to make a big deal about it because this was the beginning stages of the redistricting battle and they did not want to make the Federal Court mad because that might cause the Judges to rule against the State Drawn Maps. That plan sure didn’t work though because the Judges still went on to completely overstep their boundaries and re-draw the Texas Redistricting Maps in favor of the Democrats!

According to Daniel Greer of Agenda Wise, the United States Judicial Code provides for the disqualification of a judge if his spouse or a person within the third degree of relationship to either individual is a party to the proceeding. Democrat legislators sued to have maps drafted during the session disqualified and redrawn by judges. Democrat Senator Leticia Van De Putte is the sister-in-law of one of the three judges on the panel who redrew the maps, Judge Orlando L. Garcia. Since the state was sued, it’s officers are a party to the suit, making Garcia’s relation to Van De Putte a conflict of interest.


  1. OMG. But what do you expect of the liberals? Look at what has been happening in Chicago all these years. And remember Duval County many years ago. This is just a continuation of liberal manipulation and abuse of power. As the wife says, there is nothing else to be said with this, this article says it all. If this had been a Republican involved in this one, it would be all over the news. This is no different than a politician giving business to a relative. Definitely conflict of interest when your brother-in-law handles business that benefits your party. He should have recused himself. But the dems have a long record of un-recusing themselves. Witness Kagen on the health care in the Supreme Court.

  2. You missed the fact that Sen Van Putte was also co-chair of the National Democrat Convention in 2008.
    The lawsuits filed in Justice Orlanda Garcia's court were funded by the National Democrat Redistricting Trust. The National Democrat Redistricting Trust was given a favorable ruling by the FEC, ruling the donors could remain anonymous.

  3. The judicial redraw was done to benefit the Democrat Party, not minorities. The judges drew unwinnable districts for African-American and Hispanic GOP incumbents, while restoring the districts of two Anglo Democrats. Hard to justify THAT under the Voting Rights Act.

  4. Despicable but typical conduct for Garcia and for that matter Fred Biery and Xavier Rodriguez. I have had cases before all three and they are all crooked as a dog's hind leg. While I'm at it, include George Kazen of Laredo and Royal Furgeson, who left here for Dallas!!

  5. Democrats are the puppets of the media. They report bad things about Dems sometimes because it is widely known, otherwise they cover up for their friends to their causes. The most important cause to the media is sexually immorality. They could have asked Bill Clinton to take a lie detector test on each of his later admitted sex behaviors, but did not because they knew them to be true and that was acceptable to them and Hilary.

  6. A media coverup? Blame the democrats?
    Sounds like your republican attorney general, Lt.'governor and governor have dropped the proverbial legal ball and insulted the GOP rank and file, by failing to fight to have the judge removed from the case.


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