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Go Steve Tyler Go!
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We know Tyler has done a great job in the courtroom. I have asked repeatedly to report on how Deborah has done. She has been a prosecutor for three other counties simaltaneously. How many times has she gone to trial lately. I don't know the answer; however, if she has been to trial I am sure she would brag about that. I do know Dexter demoted her; however she fails to talk about that. I do know she let many sex offenders off with defered adjudications while she worked for Dexter in Victoria and she also gave pretrial probations where a sex offender was not only not required to register, he was not convicted and he can not be taken to court again over the allegation i.e. a double jeopardy bar. Deborah could easily tell you about her trial record. She could get those numbers from Houston, Victoria, and her current location. She doesn't because she is embarrassed to do so. Her record in Victoria is shameful. For her to act like she is the most qualified is akin to perjury. There are no ethics in her campaign if she is going to make those allegations with her record. Steve has gone to trial more as an assistant in Victoria for the Victoria community than she has during her entire career.
What part of special prosecutor do you not get. Tyler is not on the case any more. An independent prosecutor appointed by the court reviewed the file and believes perjury occurred. The defendant is not asking that the indictment be thrown out because he didn't lie, he is asking that it should be thrown out over a technicality that being there were extra witnesses to the lie. If the special prosecutor felt there was not probable cause to believe they lied he would be legally obligated to dismiss. Tyler not in charge of this case and it is still going forward to prosecution. That is if the court doesn't play buddy buddy again and help these crooks out.
Keep it us Steve. I know you are the only one in the race that will see to that they recieve the max. sentences they deserve. If you want CHANGE vote for OBAMA's canidate Deborah
Go Steve, keep it up.
It is real easy for the advocate to check on Steve and Deborah's Stats. I haven't lied. They can simply go see what case they prosecuted, what cases they dismissed and look to see the reasons. They can do the same for both. I have spoken with many officers who like Steve. Those in DPS, VPD, and VCSO. I have spoken to many who are dissatisfied as well. My point was is that not everyone shares your viewpoint and when I vote I vote for someone who has a proven record to prosecute the guilty to the fullest extent of the law. I don't mean to upset anyone and I am not trying to argue that Steve gets along better with law enforcement than Deborah. I have never said that. I just said he is a much better prosecutor and when it comes down to doing the job, Steve has certainly shown that he can do that. All I am asking is that there is fair and impartial reporting, not negative reporting about one side and not researching the other. If we voted on how well they interact with law enforcement Steve loses. If we vote who is the best prosecutor, the best person for the job all around, Steve wins hands down. You don't have to take my word. Just look at the records. Don't look at conviction stats alone. We know Steve wins there too. Look specifically at the sex offenders not convicted but given deferred adjudications. And look specifically at the sex offender, I am sorry an individual charged with a sex offense but not convicted and given a pretrial diversion (This may be hard to find because I was told that agreement never becomes part of the district clerks file--not sure how to verify--ask George F. he was the defense attorney) Also remember I can't call these men sex offenders--they weren't convicted. And most disturbing look at the dismissals. I will gladly not comment on what I know the results will show (ie I don't remember the numbers but I do remember specific examples that still keep me up at night) and then decide. I feel for the officers that don't like Steve. I know there are many, but they have all had to put there feelings aside and have already learned to work together even if it was very uncomfortable for themselves.) Neither canidate is ideal, but in the end there is a clear choice and for me, that is Steve hands down. I do respect your opinions; however, contrary to what you have said I haven't lied. I just can't get over what happened when Deborah represented us here while in office. She was assigned the sex offender case load for a good period of time and I have a passion about how the cases are handled by our prosecutors, I was disappointed. Although an outsider, I was disappointed. It is easy to do, but since I have been accused of lieing, advocate would you please look as a neutral a unbiased researcher. Go to the district clerks office and check. Report on that. I clearly am biased and may not benefit from your unbiased viewpoint.
I don't work for Steve. That was funny. I work with him, ie I am not employed by the Victoria District Attorney's office. You haven't run into me on the streets either and I am not the only one in law enforcement who has a high respect for Steve. I don't have respect for someone who would let a child molester off on a pretrial diversion. If you don't know what that is let me explain. It means you don't register as a sex offender ever and you don't have a conviction on your record. That is how Deborah operates when she is scared.
Steve does not pick strong cases to take to trial. He takes to trial what can not be worked out through the plea bargain process. Steve does not decline 50% of the cases that comes across his desk. If you don't know, a case that is 50/50 is not a case. We have a legal standard in this country called beyond a reasonable doubt. I think people get confused when Steve ask law enforcement to do their best job with Steve only taking slam dunk cases. This is not the case. Steve has taken to trial several cases where the evidence was there but barely. I applaud him for trying to go after city officials who lied during grand jury. Frequently evidence is tossed in a case, it doesn't excuse the city officials from committing perjury. Every time I have to see the Chief it burns me up in side to think that he is an example for the rest of us. Any leader should be set an example, and not set back and be shielded by the technicalities. The Chief complains when defendants argue technicalities, the very same technicalities he has cowered beneath. I am glad Steve did what he did, and I am ashamed that the city chose to flip that bill. The more important issue is who will fight for you when you are a victim. Steve has definately shown that he will and Deborah has a long track history of not fighting. Go look at the records at the District Clerk's office. You would be surprised how many sex offenders she gave deferred adjudications to and how few actually were sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. Don't take her word, it is about as good as our fair Chief. Go look for yourself. I really don't remember her going to trial on 20 cases. If she really cared about the victims, she would have remembered how many cases she actually took before a jury. If you can't even be ethical in your campaign, how can we expect that she will be ethical when elected. When Steve and her worked side by side and she was First Assistant, she appointed Steve to trial the difficult cases, the murders, the aggravated assault trials, etc. Through her own actions she thought Steve was a better attorney than she is. Dexter demoted her because of her poor performance and he promoted Steve because of his work ethic and accomplishments in the courtroom. Steve has not only delivered in the courtroom he has increased the number of criminals prosecuted and increased their sentences removing the trash from our community. Deborah Branch will just run off the decent prosecution team Steve has built and bring in lazy prosecutors that she has worked with. An enormous step back. The prosecution team Steve Tyler has built has never been as strong as it is today and that is the testament of a true leader. His assistants have someone to follow and look up to. The city does not.
I forgot to mention, that Eli Garza is also highly respected in the law enforcement circles.
I worked with George, Dexter, Steve, Deborah, and Eli. When George was D.A. he started asking questions about certain law enforcement actions. Then law enforcement stood together and the next thing you knew we had "change." We all know how that worked out. Dexter accepted every case, never questioned the officers and then had a dismissal rate of about 50%. Then we had reform and in comes Steve Tyler. Steve was a great assistant who outworked everyone in his office making his way to first assistant. He handled more murder cases in one year than anyone else in his office. Steve had high ethics and when Dexter's ethics came into question Steve resigned and did the admiral thing. He ran for office to correct the mishandled case, lack of ethical standards, and lack of training. Deborah had the lowest number of cases taken to trial for several years. Deborah was demoted while she worked for Dexter. She was first assistant before Steve, due in large part to tenure and politics. It didn't take long before they realized she wasn't pulling her weight. She could have taken murder cases to trial. She was in charge of aggravated assault cases at that time; however, she decided Steve Tyler was better at handling those cases and punted to him. When she was a lame duck she did very very little. Don't take my word, go check the district clerks record. She stands up and says that she stood up for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Ask her what a pretrial diversion is and how she could let a sex offender off with a pretrial diversion. Don't believe me, ask old George. He was the defense attorney that Deborah was scared to death of. Deborah Branch did not even make the pretrial a part of the district clerks record; however, probation supervised it. Steve claims to be a 9 with law enforcement, he is a 10 + with me. Why, because he doesn't avoid trial, he works hard. There are the misinformed that says he cherry picks which cases he takes to trial. Really, who else has taken to trial as many murder and sexual assault case other than Steve. Don't be destracted by the rhetoric, the facts are there. Does Steve not get along with officers who withhold evidence, fail to interview witnesses, and lie. Would you? How would you like to be in trial with a murder defendant and in the middle of the trial the lead investigator with the Sheriff's Department ask you if you want to use the Defendant's confession? A Confession that was never disclosed to you or the defense. Ergo an inadmissible confession. Don't beleive me, go ask Thurmond. Don't trust Deborah. She talks a good talk but does not walk the walk. She was a Republican for many years, then and independent and when Oboma took office she really turn-coated and now is a Democrat.. Give me a break.