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Sep 29 2011

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Judge regrets writing letter

By SCARLET O’ROURKE
Staff Writer
editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com

Judge Bennie Ochoa III was recently brought before the judicial agency responsible for disciplining judges for the charge of misuse of the prestige of his office.

“I did apologize to the Judicial Commission,” Ochoa said in an exclusive interview with the Press.

He was reprimanded for writing an official letter that he claims was meant to be used in a deportation hearing and not a criminal case for defendant Adrian Zuniga Hernandez. The alleged drug trafficker was in the country illegally.

“That letter was never intended to go to Judge Hilda Tagle,” Ochoa said. “It was for a deportation hearing. I don’t know how it got to the judge. All I can tell you is that I accept my public reprimand, it won’t happen again, and let’s go forward. People know where my heart is. I did it for good, not to harm anybody.”

To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Sept. 29 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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