Category Archives: Law Review

Part of Highway 290 dedicated to fallen Austin Police Lt. Clay Crabb

From KVUE News: [caption id="attachment_6683" align="alignleft" width="172"] Lt. Clay Crabb[/caption] A portion of Highway 290 West is now officially called the Lt. Clay Crabb Memorial Highway in honor of a fallen Austin police officer. Crabb died on Oct. 16, 2013 when his car hydroplaned into oncoming traffic and was struck by a large truck. He…
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CLEAT's Morris Munoz saves job of San Antonio officer

[caption id="attachment_12467" align="alignleft" width="285"] Rogelio Hernandez with Morris Munoz.[/caption] CLEAT Staff Attorney Morris Munoz successfully represented San Antonio Police officer Rogelio Hernandez, who was facing indefinite suspension. Hernandez, a member of both the San Antonio Police Officers Association and CLEAT, was accused of insubordination for breaking the chain of command and for untruthfulness when he…
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Webb County Deputy Constable Garay happy he's a CLEAT member

[caption id="attachment_12461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Deputy Constable Oscar Garay with Bob Leonard.[/caption] As soon as he received his termination notice, Webb County Deputy Constable Oscar Garay knew exactly what he needed to do next. Garay immediately contacted Bob Leonard, CLEAT's Assistant General Counsel. Leonard filed an appeal on the deputy's behalf. A hearing was held before the…
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Harris County Sheriff Deputy Fernando Delgado reinstated

[caption id="attachment_12346" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Fernando Delgado and Bob Thomas[/caption] CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas has won reinstatement for a Harris County deputy wrongly terminated last year after an internal affairs investigation. The reinstatement of Deputy Fernando Delgado came during a contested Civil Service Commission appeal hearing on March 8. The county attorney's office had presented…
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Huge victory in Midland

CLEAT Staff Attorney Terry Boone has been working on the hours worked and overtime issue that the officers were subjected to by the City of Midland. Yesterday afternoon Terry Boone received a call from the City of Midland. City Attorney John Ohenmilier stated that the City of Midland will be paying officers who meet at…
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CLEAT gets unjust suspension overturned for Harris County officer

[caption id="attachment_12113" align="alignleft" width="300"] Travis Lutze and Bob Thomas[/caption] In early January, CLEAT was successful in representing Harris County Detention Officer Travis Lutze  in an appeal of a five-day suspension without pay. After a Sheriff's appeal hearing, the five-day suspension was reduced to a non-disciplinary letter of reprimand  and the five days' pay was reimbursed.…
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Three more legal victories for CLEAT in Harris County

Pictured left to right; Detention Officer John Carter, CLEAT Attorney Bob Thomas, Detention Sgt. Joe Carpenter and Detention Officer Patricia Jordan. In three separate hearings, CLEAT was successful in representing the three officers in appeals of three-day suspensions. One of the suspensions was expunged; one was reduced to counselling and the third suspension was reduced…
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Judge sides with CLEAT, SAPOA and against city in major court battle

CLEAT and the San Antonio police union won a major victory Dec. 7 when the judge in the city of San Antonio's lawsuit against police ruled that the evergreen clause that is keeping everyday officers paid and covered by health insurance is fully legal. The ruling by visiting Judge Martha Tanner validates the argument CLEAT and its…
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'I'm so impressed with CLEAT — it's almost indescribable'

[caption id="attachment_11796" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sarah Petersen and Nadia Stewart[/caption] Sarah Petersen, a police officer from the small Burnet County town of Cottonwood Shores, was at recent CLEAT-sponsored training event when she struck up a conversation with Training Coordinator Chris Jones about a workplace issue she was having. Jones advised her to contact CLEAT Staff Attorney…
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CLEAT gets termination overturned for Port Arthur officer

[caption id="attachment_11755" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Officer Ben Shirley and Attorney Bob Thomas[/caption] CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas has won reinstatement through arbitration for Port Arthur Officer Ben Shirley. "The arbitrator reinstated Ben and reduced the suspension to a 15-calendar-day suspension; which is what we pleaded for in the pleadings, the hearing and post-hearing brief," Thomas said.…
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