Thursday, May 15, 2008


They thought that they were to arrest TJ Connolly and any company he was with at the time.


Oh, and they are sorry they arrested him wrongly while he was on bond.

T.J. Connolly says he was illegally arrested
James Munoz: KENS 5 Eyewitness News

Embattled PR guru T.J. Connolly says he was illegally arrested.
The sheriff’s office says it was an honest mistake, but attorneys for Connolly are crying foul.

Connolly posted bond five days ago for an indictment alleging he illegally funneled money to a San Antonio City Council member, but deputies showed up Tuesday to pick him up.

“This makes no sense whatsoever,” attorney Adam Cortez said.

Cortez says sheriff deputies made a big mistake when they arrested Connolly at his offices Tuesday afternoon.

“It's unfortunately become par for the course for his civil rights and his constitutional rights to be trampled, and yesterday was a classic example of that,” Cortez said.

Connolly was held for two-and-a-half hours while deputies tried to clear up the mistake. He was indicted in two cases of making illegal campaign contributions, which Connolly is ready to fight.

“This statute is unconstitutionally vague no matter how many times they bring the charge or try to bring it or try to couch it in different terms, it's still unconstitutionally vague and it’s still never going to result in a conviction that will stick, that will hold up on appeal,” Cortez said.

The indictments are against Connolly as an individual and Connolly & Company, which is where deputies might have gotten confused, because you can’t arrest a corporation.

Connolly is expected in court on May 27.