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Archive for June 19th, 2009

A private prison killed an inmate through negligence, El Paso lawyer says

Story in the Midland Reporter-Telegram titled Dead man’s family seeks answers in wake of prison riots:

PECOS — The death of a 32-year-old epileptic inmate in solitary confinement at Reeves County Detention Center last Dec. 12 touched off the first of two riots that saw fires set and hostages taken, said an attorney who represents the inmate’s family.

Some of the privately-run federal lockup’s 2,400 inmates, many of them illegal immigrants, had complained of woeful health care after the riots west of Pecos on Dec. 12-13 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

But the story now centers on 32-year-old Jesus Manuel Galindo of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, who El Paso lawyer Miguel “Mike” Torres” claims was improperly treated.

Representing Galindo’s wife, three children and parents with co-counsel Leon Schydlower, Torres said Wednesday that a doctor with a Lubbock physicians’ group that contracts with the prison examined Galindo just before his death.

“The doctor said Jesus had an attitude problem because he was complaining about the lack of medical treatment that killed him three days later,” said Torres. “He had no business being in the SHU (Security Housing Unit) because he was only in for minor infractions, not fighting or worse. His mom had been calling almost daily to say he was not feeling well and was having seizures.

“They tried to contact the administration and say, ‘Bring him back and we will watch him.’ You have to take this type of medication (Dilantin) at precise times at well-monitored therapeutic levels.”

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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Savage humor: El Paso’s political funny pages

El Paso has some good political satirists. Among the best are two that haven’t updated since spring, El Paso Fake News and El Paso’s Actually Funny Fake News. Among those that continue to post regularly:

El Paso Sun:


— Excerpt: According to some stories I just saw on the news and read online, more people are being killed once again in Juarez and other Mexican areas just across the border from El Paso, Texas.


Refuse the Juice (ok, this is not always satire, but once in a while it is, and this is a good one):

— Current headline: “What local celeb should I write about next? Working titles”

— Excerpt from the list:

Norma Chavez’s Torture Techniques

Marisa Marquez’s favorite drinks

Who is Steve Ortega Dating?

I’m stuck living in the northeast and I’m out 30 large – the Melina Castro story

Dance lessons with Susie Byrd and Veronica Escobar

Removing your opponent’s spine through his rectum – Teresa Caballero on the art of negotiation

Why I did it – Senator Shapleigh takes credit for everything

I’m no bike messenger, I’m your councilman – poems by Beto O’Rourke


The Avocadoan

— Headline: “Capitol Hills and Gay People”

— It is rumored that the oh-so-divisive issue of gay marriage may result in two opposite parts of El Paso uniting. In response to the demonstration held in favor of gay rights Downtown, the ignorant and uneducated conservatives of El Paso’s East Side (or as its residents call it, East Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyud!!!) and Lower (Mission) Valley have realized they have something in common with the WASPy, religious zealots of the West Side. “We don’t agree on much, or anything at all, but we’re all insecure when it comes to gay people we don’t even know getting married,” said one member of the potential alliance.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 19, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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