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Hispanic leaders angry over county judge's remarks

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"We have a constable who is truly loved by our community and we feel there's injustices being done," said Ben Mendez with the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce.

There's no doubt Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino is one of the most popular Hispanic office holders in Houston.

Last week, Trevino was charged in four felony indictments.  The accusations include failing to report cash contributions, misusing money collected by his charity and misusing county vehicles and employees while delivering vacate notices.

"We all know that if the DA wanted to indict a ham sandwich, they can," LULAC'S Johnny Mata said.  "They have full control of what goes on."

Besides believing Trevino was singled out for prosecution, many Hispanic leaders are now angry over recent remarks made by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.  While Commissioners Court has no power to remove any elected official from office, the county judge said Trevino should take a leave of absence until he stands trial.

"Judge Emmett, I don't know where he gets off asking an elected official that hasn't been convicted of anything to step down," community activist W.R. Morris said.  "He's either a racist or he needs to apologize"

Hispanic leaders question why the county judge never asked former Commissioner Jerry Eversole to take a leave of absence.  Eversole sat on Commissioners Court for many months with federal indictments hanging over his head, charges he eventually pleaded guilty to.

"The Hispanic community is infuriated by what he said," LULAC's Trey Perez said.  "That's like throwing the constable under the bus, showing no support or confidence."

The reason Judge Emmett said Trevino should take a leave of absence is because he's a certified police officer.

"A law enforcement officer who carries a gun and a badge, who can deprive people of their liberty," Emmett's spokesman, Joe Stinebaker, said.

As a commissioner, Eversole, Stinebaker points out, did not have the authority to carry a gun and arrest people.

"More importantly, Commissioner Eversole was never accused of intimidating his employees or in a position to retaliate against those who testified against him," Stinebaker said.

Through his attorney, Trevino denies doing anything illegal and blames some of his criminal charges on bad bookkeeping.

Trevino plans to stay in the office he's held since 1989 until his case goes to trial.

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