The Hidalgo County district attorney’s office unsealed an indictment against five Weslaco city commissioners.
Five elected officials from Weslaco are being accused of violating the Texas open meetings act.
In the unsealed indictment, Lupe Rivera, John Cuellar, David Fox, Joe Martinez and Jerry Tafollo allegedly ejected the entire audience during a city commission meeting held in November 12, 2013.
Fox 2 news then spoke with Weslaco’s city manager who said those specific actions were taken for security measures but authorities did not buy it.
“The facts that they held this meeting is breaking the law even for whatever reason if security was really an issue they should have just cancelled the meeting period,” says René Guerra, Hidalgo County district attorney.
A judge set a $2,500 PR bond for each of the commissioners. If convicted they could spend anywhere between one to six months in jail along with a fine of up to 500 dollars.
In addition, Weslaco’s city mayor David Suarez and city commissioner Fidel Peña are not facing criminal charges.
Fox 2 tried to reach the city of Weslaco for an official statement to the charges but we were told they had no comments about the case.