Law Review

CLEAT exposes flawed polygraph, wins back officers’ jobs

Fernando Robles, left, Jim Jopling and Rolando Castro

Fernando Robles, left, Jim Jopling and Rolando Castro

El Paso County Detention Officers Fernando Robles and Rolando Castro are returning to work with full back pay.

This hard-won victory comes after a very tough year caused by a convicted criminal and misplaced trust in the lie detector.

On April 3, 2014, Officers Castro and Robles stood outside the Sheriff’s conference room at the County Jail. They had been falsely accused of assaulting an inmate and were about to lose their jobs and get arrested. Read More »

Posted by April 27, 2015

CLEAT wins vindication for 3 Harris County officers

From left: Harris County Detention Officers Renesha Dunmore, Anais Flores, Staff Attorney Bob Thomas and Kanetha Williams.

From left: Harris County Detention Officers Renesha Dunmore, Anais Flores, Staff Attorney Bob Thomas and Kanetha Williams.

Harris County Detention Officers Renesha Dunmore, Anais Flores and Kanetha Williams were assigned to the all-female floor of the Harris County Jail as the day-shift rovers.

Their primary responsibility was to escort and search female inmates leaving and returning to the fourth floor. A contraband item was discovered  on the fourth  floor of approximately 900 female inmates.  Each of the detention officers were suspended without pay by the sheriff. Read More »

Posted by April 27, 2015

Wrongly fired officer in Temple reinstated with CLEAT’s help

Casey  Bales and Craig Driskell

Officer Bales and Craig Driskell

A Temple police officer who intervened to protect civilians from being spat on by an unruly shoplifting suspect was awarded his job back after an arbitration hearing.

The officer, Casey Bales, was represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Craig Driskell. Bales was called to a department store in May 2013 to assist a fellow officer who had been assaulted by the suspect. Once the suspect was subdued, handcuffed and detained in the store’s loss-prevention office, the suspect spit several times and used abusive language toward those present.

The incident was recorded by security video. Read More »

Posted by April 6, 2015

Another legal victory for CLEAT in Harris County

Demetria Price and Bob Thomas

Demetria Price and Bob Thomas

Harris County Detention Officer Demetria Price was recently represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas in an appeal hearing in the civil service appellate system.

After the contested hearing, the one day suspension without pay of Officer Price was reversed and expunged.

Posted by March 4, 2015

CLEAT wins suspension reversal for Harris County sergeant

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Bob Thomas and Sgt. Patrick Lorenz

Harris County Detention Sgt Patrick Lorenz was recently represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas in an appeal hearing in the civil service appellate system.

After the contested hearing, the three day suspension without pay of Sgt. Lorenz was reversed and expunged.

 

Posted by February 17, 2015

CLEAT attorney Garcia helps deputy clear his record

Bobby Garcia and Albert Cardenas

Bobby Garcia and Albert Cardenas

Cameron County Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Cardenas was wrongly fired last year and slapped with a dishonorable discharge that could have forever derailed his career.

But CLEAT Staff Attorney Bobby Garcia stepped in and launched the process that would clear the deputy and set the record straight. Read More »

Posted by January 20, 2015

CLEAT wins job back for wrongly fired detention officer

Edward Carter and Bob Thomas

Edward Carter and Bob Thomas

When Harris County Detention Officer Edward Carter was wrongly terminated, he reached out to CLEAT and CLEAT came through.

Staff Attorney Bob Thomas handled Carter’s appeal. And at a recent contested appeal hearing, the termination of Detention Officer Carter was reversed and he was promptly reinstated.

Posted by January 12, 2015

Del Rio police officer wrongly fired by Debrow wins his job back

Karl Brehm and Cpl. Roberto Zaragoza

Karl Brehm and Cpl. Roberto Zaragoza

Del Rio Police Cpl. Roberto Zaragoza has finally won vindication, with help from CLEAT Staff Attorney Karl Brehm.

Zaragoza was terminated from employment by then-Chief James Von Debrow. Zaragoza had responded to a domestic violence call and assisted the victim of assault in the arrest of her attacker.

A month later, after the victim and suspect reconciled, Zaragoza was accused of improper contact during the ride to police headquarters after the suspected had been arrested.  Chief Debrow gave no regard to the fact the suspect was now telling the Del Rio Police that the suspect did not actually assault her.

The complainant gave a sworn statement the night of the attack that the suspect did assault her.  That fact was also attested to by the complainant’s mother who witnessed the attack and also gave a sworn statement that the suspect assaulted her daughter.

After the arbitration of Zaragoza’s case, the Hearing Examiner ordered Zaragoza returned to work with complete back pay and removal of all mention of the disciplinary history handed down Chief Debrow. Zaragoza was found to be truthful about what happened the night in question and the complainant was found to have been untruthful regarding her allegations against Zaragoza.

Cpl. Zaragoza is today back at work for the Del Rio Police Department and Chief Debow is not. Debrow was terminated after intense pressure from CLEAT and the local association from the employment of the Del Rio Police shortly after the Arbitration hearing on Zaragoza’s case.

Posted by December 23, 2014

HCSO detention officer reinstated, record expunged

Kanesha Randle and Cleat Attorney Bob Thomas

Kanesha Randle and Cleat Attorney Bob Thomas

Detention Officer Kanesha Randle of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is back on the job, thanks to the efforts of CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas.

She was reinstated after a recent evidentiary hearing conducted pursuant to the  HCSO appeal  procedure.  And the notice of the termination was reversed and expunged.

Posted by December 23, 2014

CLEAT wins back job for unfairly targeted Midland jail officer

Meredith Bennett

Meredith Bennett

The Midland County Sheriff tried his best to end Meredith Bennett’s law enforcement career early.  Bennett, a Midland County detention officer, was working her way through the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy when the Sheriff leveled outrageous and unfounded claims of criminal misconduct against her.

He gave her a dishonorable discharge on her TCOLE F5 report, based upon these alleged crimes.

“I honestly felt as if I had lost everything,” Bennett said.  “After receiving a dishonorable discharge on my F5, I went to talk to a CLEAT representative with Midland County, and he gave me attorney Jim Jopling’s card. I called him immediately, and right away we started working on my case. Read More »

Posted by December 22, 2014