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02.26.07

Upset Residents Try to Get Federal Government Involved

Shameful. 
   That's the word some residents of Hutchinson County use to describe their District Attorney... So they are increasing their efforts to get him out of office.
 
    NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg joins us live from the newsroom with more on who they are now turning to for help.
   Since 2005 they've tried state judges and Attorney General Greg Abbott.
   Both attempts got them nowhere.
   So now they are appealing to the federal government.
    Glenn Baxter and Betty Holland are submitting this letter to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
   ... Asking them to investigate corruption in the Hutchinson County Texas Court System, and District Attorney Clay Ballman.
   This video was taken when Ballman was involved in a hit and run and arrested for DWI in May of 2005, he was convicted two months later of DWI, but not for hitting the car of a teenager.
   And that teens mom is furious about it, saying he doesn't deserve to serve as D.A.
"If the district attorney can go drink and run over people what can that kids do, I don't like the signal it's giving to the kids, and I'm from borger and I hear what the kids say," says Holland.
   And she isn't the only one, she started a petition to remove Ballman from office, and received more than 800 signatures.
   That petition is stalled in the court system in Odessa, which Baxter says is suspicious.  
"We think it shows up as more corruption, part of the good 'ole boy system in Hutchinson County, where the written law isn't followed but whatever the people in power think they can get by with," says Baxter.
   Last year a Sheriff's incident report found Ballman intoxicated in the courthouse parking lot. Baxter and Holland say this was another incident they want investigated because Ballman was not reprimanded.
 
    I spoke with Ballman today on the phone, he didn't want to comment on the possibility the federal government may get involved.   
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