New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
White defends recent state appointments
AUSTIN (AP) — Political campaign contributors don’t get special consideration in appointments to state boards and commissions, Gov. Mark White said.
At his weekly news conference Thursday, White was asked about legislators’ criticism of his appointments procedure and also about campaign donors.
“None,” White replied when asked what part contributions play in his decisions.
Sen. Kent Caperton, D-Bryan, this week complained White first led him to believe a candidate Capterton favored for the Texas AAM Board of Regents would be appointed, then passed him over.
But Thursday, White said he never misled Caperton and was “very dismayed” by a speech in which Caperton told White to find someone else to push his favored legislation.
At that point, White was asked whether political contributions had any impact on his decisions. Then reporter Carole Kneeland of Dallas television station WF AA,
“What about the accusation that you sell seats on
White interrupted, demanding, “Who said that? Who’s ever said that?”
“Some reporters in my shop in Dallas,” Ms. Kneeland
“Well they’re damn wrong,” White said.
“They’re absolutely wrong. I don’t know what contributions any of those people gave me.”
About the same time, the Senate voted 25-0 to confirm three White nominees as University of Texas system regents.
The three were Austin lawyer Shannon Ratliff, who has been treasurer of White’s 1962 gubernatorial campaign committee; Houston oil company executive Jack Blanton and oilman W.F. Roden of Midland.
On Monday, Capterton, whose Senate district included Texas AAM, charged that White and his staff misled the
lawmaker into believing Caperton’s former law partner, Don Mauro of Bryan, would be one of those the governor named an AAM regent.
When Mauro wasn’t appointed, Caperton said, “Not only did this governor choose to ignore my advice, but I had no input or consultation with regard to the two appointees who ultimately were named.”
Criticism also came from Sens. Chet Edwards, D-Duncan Ville, and Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin.
"It’s an indication that this is not one problem involving one senator. We have made some painful decisions to help him, and friendship should be a two-way street,” Edwards said.
“We need more proper action from the governor,” Barrientos said.
White told his news conference he “never indicated” to Caperton “that I would appoint the., person he wanted appointed.”
The governor said he has sought to be “very careful to
make top-quality appointments.”
The governor’s wife, Linda Gale White, during a visit to Bryan on Thursday, denied published reports that Mauro was passed over because of her friendship with John Mobley, who with his wife, Ann, worked on White’s campaign for attorney general.
She said she had nothing personally to do with the appointments to the AAM board of regents and didn’t know White’s reasons for naming Mobley instead.
Mrs. White said she thinks Mobley will be “a fantastic regent,” but she said allegations that she influenced the decision “couldn't be further from the truth.”
She said the friendship between her family and the Mobley family goes back to 1966.
“There were only so many spots; it’s too bad there weren’t more,” Mrs. White said. “One friendship (with Mobley) extended longer than Don’s. First things first — there are only so many slots.”
Senate rejects bill to allow convicts to serve on juries
AUSTIN (AP) - A Senate split 50-50 has rejected a proposal that would allow a person convicted of minor theft such as writing a hot check to serve on a jury.
“Why do we need a bill to put thieves on a jury ? ” asked Sen. John Montford, a former prosecutor who led opposition to the bill.
Bill sponsor Bill Sarpalius said the measure was requested by a judge who declared a mistrial after a person with a misdemeanor theft conviction was found to be serving on the jury.
Sen. Sarpalius, D-Canyon, said there is a conflict in the Penal Code and Texas Code of Criminal Procedure over jury service by persons convicted of minor theft, and several judges supported his
The vote to debate the measure was 14-14, and Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby added a “no” vote to make it 14-15. Sarpalius needed 25 votes.
Sarpalius’ bill would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure so that a juror could not be automatically disqualified if the juror has been convicted of a Class C misdemeanor theft, which carries a maximum punishment of a $200 fine.
“Class C misdemeanor theft does not just involve hot checks but also shoplifting,” said Montford, D-Lubbock.
Sarpalius said, “People could still be challenged (for jury service).”
Montford responded, “It’s bad posture for juries to allow exceptions to theft cases.”
“We’re talking about $20 (thefts) here,” said Sarpalius.
“A thief is a thief,” said Montford.
In other action Thursday, the Senate approved and sent to the House bills that would:
— Require the Juvenile Probation Commission to put into effect statewide standards for juvenile detention facilities.
INS delays deporting parents of sick child
EL PASO (AP) - Saying they wanted to more extensively review the case, immigration officials have postponed deporting the illegal alien parents of a 4-year-old American citizen with a heart defect.
Raul and Guadalupe Tena and their 6-year-old daughter, Daniella, were first to be deported Wednesday and then again Thursday.
The family has been living in Las Cruces, N.M., about 45 miles north of El Paso, since 1979, officials said.
They are fighting deportation because their 4-year-old son, Victor, has a congenital heart defect, which doctors say would not be treated
properly if they were returned to Mexico.
Victor is an American citizen. Although he does not face deportation, the Tenas have said they would not return to Mexico without him.
After reporting to immigration officials Wednesday, the family was taken to the U.S.-Mexico border for deportation, but abruptly halted about half-way across the international bridge.
The Tenas said they were told to return to Las Cruces Wednesday night, but to report to the INS again on Thursday afternoon.
However, shortly before noon Thursday, the INS informed the family through an intermediary not to report.
‘The ... family has been told not to report today,” Henry McGehee, Immigration and Naturalization Service deputy district director in El Paso, said Thursday. “We’re still in the midst of studying over the case.’’ McGehee said, “We don’t think any further decision will be made today."
Immigration officials were reviewing the medical history of Victor and were trying to determine the medical treatment that would be available to the boy if he moved to
Mexico, he said.
The Tenas have no telephone in I^as Cruces and could not be reached for comment Thursday.
McGehee said a "mixup in communications" resulted in Wednesday’s near-deportation for the family.
"A mistake was made," he said, declining to elaborate.
McGehee said INS officials in Washington, Dallas and El Paso were involved in the review of the case.
A final decision, however, would be made by INS District Director Alfred Giugni of El Paso.
Man kills self after shooting spree at small college
TEMPLE (AP) - A 28-year-old man who went on a shooting spree at Temple Junior College, wounding two instructors and holding one inside a building for about three hours, exhibited wild personality shifts before he fatally shot himself, authorities say.
“He’d be just normal and say, 'Well, I’ll release her and come out if you promise me this and this,’’’ said Police Chief Thomas Vannoy after the shootings Thursday.
Moments later, the man would say things like “If I hear a noise, I'm gonna shoot her and kill myself,’’’ Vannoy said.
Steven Parsons, who had addresses in Austin and Longview, died about 10:15 p.m. Thursday during surgery at Scott A White Hospital for a gunshot wound to his mid-sternum, said Dolores Gautier, assistant director of nursing. Police said an autopsy has been ordered.
The woman he was holding, management instructor Laurelyn Carlisle, 33, of Salado, remained in critical condition early today following surgery for a gunshot wound to her stomach, said hospital spokeswoman Carol Trono.
Speech instructor Debbie Foster, 30, of Little River, was treated for a gunshot wound to her hip and released from the same hospital, said Susan Frederick, assistant director of nursing.
Police said the two women discovered the gunman rifling through their purses inside their offices at the campus Fine Arts Building and challenged him. Ms. Foster was shot as she fled from the building, said Sgt. Steve Klempa.
Marvin Felder, the college’s president, said Ms. Carlisle was held after the shooting began, about IO minutes before a meeting he had called with faculty members in the building about 3 p.m.
Felder said Ms. Foster "really felt Laurelyn was in imminent danger — that the man was not at all stable."
The gunman, brandishing a .22-caliber handgun, also fired at an another unidentified faculty member who was not hit, said Felder. The suspect kept as many as 30 police officers at bay, authorities said.
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