Friday, July 1, 2011

Gone to pot?

South Texas politics.

Get your popcorn ready, sit back, and enjoy.

Zavala County JP facing pot charge
By John MacCormack - Express-News

When Zavala County Justice of the Peace Josie Gomez stepped down after being reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct in 2007, the job stayed within the politically connected family.

Her son, Xavier R. Espinosa, now 31, was appointed by the Zavala County Commission to serve the rest of her unexpired term and he later won an election. The job pays $23,726 a year.

But now, he also is in legal hot water, facing a misdemeanor drug charge in Nueces County, and questions are being raised in Crystal City about how big a role local politics played in his appointment.