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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 6A New Braunfels March a victory for people of Texas AUSTIN AP Attorney General Jim the selfdescribed peoples says his acquittal of a commercial bribery charge should put political foes and big oil companies on I view this very much as a victory for the people of the state of Mattox told some 100 cheering supporters who gathered outside the Travis County Courthouse as the verdict was returned Thursday I think in the long run it will help my political he I think the people want somebody whos willing to fight for whats Mattox had been accused in 1983 of threatening the lucrative bond business of the powerful Houston law firm Fulbright Jaworski unless one of its lawyers stopped trying to question Mattoxs sister in an oil rights The fourman jury returned its verdict at after about three hours of As the verdict was Mattox sup porters who had packed the thirdfloor courtroom shouted and Within the crowd outdoors began to cheer as Immediately after state District Judge Mace Thurman released the Mattox entered the jury room to personally thank each of Thank you all so Mattox told the jurors as he shook their From the bottom of my thank who has professed his innocence since first being indicted in September assured the jurors they made the right I never made those statements they say 1 he Had I done I would have walked over here and taken my Mattox has portrayed the oil rights dispute that led to his indictment as a fight between the states and Mobil Oil He contended that Mobil for decades had been depriving the state of considerable oil revenue that goes into a public school Fulbright Jaworski lawyer Thomas McDade represented which was sued over the 1925 lease by the state and wealthy South Texas rancher Clinton The case was settled last with the state gaining control over nearly acres of oil I think tonight we have convinced Mobil Oil theyve got to come in the front door of the attorney generals office just like everybody else Mattox Im thankful that now we can go on with the business of the he Jury foreman John Packer of Austin said that prosecutors in the fiveweek trial simply failed to prove a felony was We went on what the charges Packer There was not one specific If Mattox could have faced up to 10 years in prison and a District Attorney Ronnie who led the prosecution team and accused Mattox of abusing the power of his voided disappointment with the Youre always disappointed when you dont Earle It was our decision to go with a felony Texas law does not have an extortion charge that so we went with the closest Earle the innocent verdict still does not mean there was not an abuse of in his closing said Mattox had confused his private interest with the publics business in Dealing with Fulbright The man has a problem with vin He has a problem with being a Earle What he did was misuse his Jurors relieved about trial outcome AUSTIN AP Two members of the jury that acquitted Attorney General Jim Mattox of a commercial bribery charge say the prosecutions key witness simply failed to convince them a crime ever five weeks of coutroom jury foreman John Packer of Austin said Thursday night that the evidence failed to support the felony While no single factor caused him to favor the innocent Packer told The Associated Press he was skeptical of testimony from key witness Wiley Mattox was accused of telling chief of the Fulbright Jaworwski law firms bond depart that he would refuse to ap prove the firms bonds unless one of its lawyers stopped trying to question his sister in an oil rights But Packer said Caldwells testimony on the witness stand wasnt There was a little bit of discrepency over exactly what Packer The jury received the case at following a full day of final arguments from prosecutors and defense After ordering a chicken jurors notified the bailiff at they had reached a We went on what the charges Packer We did some but we did not try to change minds just for going with the added juror Sarah Throughout the trial jurors were bombarded with information about the workings of the municipal bond details of the oil rights case and campaign They heard taperecorded telephone conversations between at torney Thomas Caldwell and Howard also said her decision hinged on Caldwells I just felt there was an in consistency That was the one thing that got me off the fence bet ween guilty and not Nothing ever again proved any she Three other jurors refused to comment about the and several more did not return telephone calls to their homes Thursday For juror Elsie Furr the trials end came as a Im very tired and its been an she Neither Howard or Furr had served on a jury but all said they would do it Packer said next time he would opt for a more normal Supporters cheer Mattox verdict JIM MATTOX AUSTIN AP The cheering began before he left the and supporters of vindicated At torney General Jim Mattox partied into the night after he was found innocent of a commercial bribery As you can probably the crowds with me Mattox roared to more than 100 backers and staff members who had gathered Thursday outside the Travis County And I want to tell you this I didnt do what those people I tried As he the man who calls himself the peoples lawyer wore a dark red boxing glove on his left But his toughest fight was the struggle to be heard over the celebration of his I view this very much as a victory for the people of the state of Mattox All right his backers As you probably I am a very religious Hallelujah a woman When they though you walk through the valley of they were talking about political Ill tell But I was con vinced everything would come out all It At Mattox was found innocent of the felony Since September he had been accused of threatening the bond business of a powerful Houston law but said all along he did nothing While the verdict was being read in supporters who had filled all the seats and stood in the center aisle whooped with Even as state District Judge Mace Thurman was admonishing them to be backers on the sidewalk outside the thirdfloor courtroom joined the A large white truck left over from his 1982 campaign with Mattox emblazoned on the side in tall red letters was parked Numerous Mattox campaign posters were being I am so happy about what has happened Mattox told I tell you it makes me a stronger A supporter wouldnt let him finish GovernorJim The crowd I think itll make me stronger Mattox The crowd cheered Mattox thanked his Roy and invited the crowd to a party at Mintons office adjacent to the I hope all of you will come across the Roy Mintons buying the beer with my Judge allows failing agriculture students to go to stock show GROESBECK AP Thirty agriculture students who failed classes recently will be able to attend this weekends stock The 30 students failed which under new state law means they are banned from ex tracurricular activities for a six week school But retired State District Judge Clarence Ferguson granted a tem porary injunction to the state law in response to a class action suit filed by three school districts demanding that the students be allowed to par Under the new gettough statewide school students who flunk a course during a sixweek period are barred from participating in ex tracurricular activities during the subsequent sixweek The no no play policy went into effect this fifth sixweek period of the school Ferguson ruled that the livestock show does not qualify as an ex tracurricular which is defined in the Texas Codes Annotated as an event that is sponsored or sanctioned by the school The suit was expected to be an individual action by Bill whose 15yearold son flunked health and biology courses during last sixweek But the Parkers Bobby Reed of encouraged the plaintiffs to expand it to include about 30 students in the Groesbeck and Coolidge school The ironic point is that we believe that the basic idea of raising the level of education in Texas is Parker But there are some inequities and we are questioning Parker said the superintendents of the three districts have told him they favored the injunction because it may help answer questions about the applications of House Bill Parker said he probably would not continue the litigation since the goal of getting his son admitted to the livestock show Friday and Saturday has been Were not leading a he Mexia School District Superin House authorizes bill against hunger AUSTIN AP A Texas Senate committee has approved an million program aimed at putting food on the plates of hungry The sponsored by Hugh DFort was promp ted by a study that found thousands of Texans who are not served by state programs because the programs are About of the women and infants who qualify for the Infants and Children program do not get needed according to the study prepared by a Farmerled Texas got million in federal money for the program last Farmer The study also showed that 68 percent of elderly Texans would go hungry if meals were not provided for them through government About elderly shut ins do not get meals because of in sufficient Farmer What we found was that a significant number of fellow Texans for go without Farmer told the Senate Health and Human Resources which unanimously sent the bill to the Senate Texas Legislature The bill would authorize million to supplement the Infants and Children food million for elderly homebound programs and million for emergency nutritition Former state Eddie Bernice Johnson of now executive officer of the Visiting Nurse tearfully told of the Dallas Meals on Wheels program that feeds old people per day but still has a waiting list of Its Johnson We have such strict regulations and we still have people To a person must be over have an annual income of under live alone and not be able to shop for she In the Rio Grande the devaluation of the peso and 1983 citrus freeze caused great hardships on said Oralia Garza head of the Industrial Areas Right now parents are having to choose between paying utility bills or buying deCortes She said participate in the WIC program in the Rio Grande Valley but aid to is scheduled to be cut in Hidalgo County Fernando a member of the Physicians Task Force on showed the committee photos or malnourished Bill would protect officers AUSTIN A bill protecting the rights of a peace officer during departmental investigations has been tentatively approved by the Oscar said Thursday his bill would give an of ficer the same rights a common thief out on the streets today is ac The bill would require complaints to be put in writing and include the names of the people making only under a chiefs written order could an officer be forced to submit to a lie detector An officer would be entitled to counsel and could have anyone helj requests present at his The measure was tentatively approved on voice but Mauzy did not have enough supporters to suspend the rules and gain final In other action the House voted 11713 to send the Senate a bill establishing a state agency to look for more efficient ways to run state The new commission would include 15 members appointed by the lieutenant governor and House ADVANCED SATELLITE TV Specials On In Stock Satellite Systems to Discount Making Room For Excalibur Line New Braunfels 6251243 WEEKEND SPECIALS 1 Gallon MOUNTAIN LAUREL Cluster of Purple Flowers 6 Pots IMPATIENS in Full Bloom TW 9 Landa Garden Center Floral Designs 666 Landa New Braunfels Sunday 104 Cash Garry 6955104 tendent Bob Funderburk said that even if a permanent injunction is not he believes the Texas Education Agency will hand down clarifications of the rules to avoid confusion in the He and other officials said they want any rewriting of the rules to include a means for students to appeal a other than filing a New Bnunfels National Bank MEMBER VICTORIA BANK ym ft littm to ehftrJ jliHCi it whtn in Ctmtl CtHHty kin kttn tnJ wkiu wi in Sunday Mornings at 9 1420 March 17 featuring EDNA DIERKS 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