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Trey Garrison, wrote an interesting piece on Charles Sandoval's reincarnation as a visiting judge in Dallas County after the judge was defeated at the polls and made unwelcome by his fellow jurists in Collin County. He even includes a nice nod to the Collin County Observer.
There’s always that guy who stays long after the party has ended. Drop all the hints you want. But he’s going through your music collection and checking to see if your couch folds out. Tell him you have an early meeting, and he’ll ask if you have anything to make a sandwich with.
Which brings us to Judge Charles Sandoval, arguably the most ineffective judge working in Dallas County today.
The party that Sandoval won’t let end gracefully started in 1996, when he took over the 380th District Court in Collin County. If history serves as any guide, he should have been able to keep his job for as long as he wanted it. But Collin County voters threw him out 12 years later. It’s difficult to pinpoint any single cause for his defeat. But lawyers who tried cases in his courtroom say he was petty, cruel, inconsistent, and just plain rude.
“Oh, he played favorites, and he would just litigate from the hip with no regard for what the law said,” says attorney Luke Gunnstaks.
Sandoval’s actions on the bench have led to a slew of his decisions getting reversed in the 5th Court of Appeals. In a civil case two years ago, one of the parties actually collapsed in Sandoval’s courtroom, and the paramedics were called. The man decided to go home. His attorney asked for a continuance. Sandoval said no, let’s keep going. The 5th Court recently ruled that was grounds enough to uphold an appeal.
And though every judge has the occasional inappropriate exchange with one attorney in a case in the absence of the other attorney—that’s ex parte communication in legalspeak—Sandoval was notorious for it. Gunnstaks recounts discovering in deposition 12 pages of notes taken by a private stenographer that detailed Sandoval’s ex parte discussion with Gunnstaks’ opposing counsel in Sandoval’s Collin County chambers, covering how the case would proceed...
Your description sounds so much like Sandoval. That one should be executed and buried in the county dump. Instead, he gets a pension.
The man is 100% toxic. Any attorney or DA (that's a big freaking hint to somebody) that aligns themselves with Sandoval may go done in flames with him.
I suspect the current situation with Sandoval, Roach and Wooten is so corrupt the Feds will have to investigate or take over the Collin County Courthouse. What a mess!
Sorry to hear about your divorce settlement. Is toxic a proper wording for this judge? Maybe corrupt would be a more descriptive term. What do you think?
I've been in Sandoval's chambers and personally experienced his disrespectful attitude toward those he was elected to serve. Not a good feeling. Wonder how those folks who were given a CHOICE with Prometa feel about his ability to serve as a judge. "Hang 'em all Sandoval"
As for why anyone would want to put themselves out there in connection with him and make an absolute idiot out of themselves in the process I'll never know. Doesn't make any sense does it? Some say insanity may be the cause but I'm not so sure that's the case in this situation. If "the most powerful man in Collin county", (his words) were insane, he wouldn't be able to follow orders like he's been doing for some time now. Even a nut case couldn't screw up things as bad as he has. Almost looks intentional. What makes you think someone hasn't taken over already? As it was told to Michael Thomas of Pure Intent, "Things are not always as they appear to be"
While folks are looking into things maybe someone should check out some of the appraisals in Collin county. Corruption, courthouses and appraisals usually go hand in hand. I think taxes are collected at the courthouse, are they not? Non profits receiving grant money for expansions to facilities due to an abundant source of referrals from the courts. It's usually customary to show proof of need before applying for grants. That would be easy to document. Who benefits from the increased value of the property once it has expanded and increased in value. Maybe the person or persons whose name the property is titled to. I'm not sure how appropriate it is to use one's position of "POWER" to personally gain from it at taxpayers expense?
Oh yea, we forgot about Sandoval. Where's he been in all of this. It's sure gotten quiet around Collin county lately. I'll bet ya somebody knows something. Anyone missing some socks?
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