Archive for January 30th, 2014

Commentary’s niece, Linda Garza-Martinez is a candidate in the Democratic Primary for Webb County Court at Law #2. (For those of you that are geography challenged, Laredo is the county seat of Webb County.) Here is from Linda’s website:

Linda Garza-Martinez, longtime Laredo attorney, prosecutor and public defender, is the breath of fresh air we need in Webb County Court at Law #2.

Since 1993, this court has been under the control of the same judge. However, in recent years it has become abundantly apparent that Webb County needs a change in this important court.

We need a judge with the energy, work ethic and independence to preside over the court.

Commentary is super proud of my niece Linda. She is married to Silverio who also happens to be Chair of the Webb County Democratic Party. Silverio is also an attorney in private practice. They have four adorable kids.

Linda, 36, was born in Baytown and raised in Laredo. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and the UH Law Center. Here is more from her website:

Upon graduating from law school in December 2001, Linda once again came home to Laredo and began working at the Webb County District Attorney’s office under the direction of District Attorney Joe Rubio. After a short time, Linda was promoted to a felony position and began prosecuting cases in the Child Abuse & Sex Crimes Unit. Shortly thereafter, she became the Chief Prosecutor of the unit, where she served in the capacity until early 2009. While in the Child Abuse & Sex Crimes unit, Linda gained extensive trial and courtroom experience and successfully prosecuted serious cases resulting in lengthy sentences. Most notably, Linda prosecuted the case involving the murder of six-year-old Shanea Casarez and secured a life sentence for the perpetrator. In early 2009, Linda was then made Chief Prosecutor of the 49th District Court Felony Division by District Attorney Isidro Alaniz, where she served until her departure from the DA’s office in the Summer of 2010.

After leaving the DA’s office, Linda joined her husband, Silverio Martinez, in private practice where she handled a variety of cases in the areas of criminal defense and family law. She remained in private practice until November 2011, when she obtained employment with the Webb County Public Defender’s Office. She was assigned to the 406th District Court Felony Division. As Assistant Public Defender, Linda has successfully defended indigent individuals accused of felonies and misdemeanors and has handled cases resulting in dismissals and not guilty verdicts.

She has also had the distinct opportunity to serve as a committee member in the 406th and 341st Drug Court, Sobriety Treatment and Veterans Treatment programs, which provide an alternative to incarceration and focus on rehabilitation of individuals with drug and/or alcohol addictions. This experience has provided her the opportunity to work closely with individuals suffering from drug addictions and assist in their road to recovery.

Linda is active in the local bar associations, having served as President of the Webb County Women’s Bar Association, Treasurer of the Laredo Young Lawyer’s Association and CLE Director for the past two years with the Laredo-Webb County Bar Association. She is a former board member of the Webb County Children’s Advocacy Center. She has served as an ACTS retreat team member several times for San Martin de Porres parish.

Commentary and some of Linda’s H-Town buddies will be holding a fundraiser for her in a couple of weeks. If you would like to join us, let me know. If you want to know more about Linda or give her some bucks go to http://www.lindaforcountycourt.com.

The Big Puma is hanging them up. How many post season career dingers does he have?

My favorite Big Puma moment was when I help break his fall as he landed in my seats chasing a foul ball back in 2006. I probably help prevent an injury. Heck, I was on the highlight reel on the team website for the rest of the season.

The Big Puma has nine post season career dingers of course: six with the ‘Stros, one with the Yankees, and two with San Luis.

Nothing else from The Yard.

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