Medrano voter fraud trials begin

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES

ROCKWALL — Allegations of voter fraud involving the powerful Medrano family of Dallas are playing out in a Rockwall County courthouse.

Two Medrano family members are on trial for allegedly trying to rig an election. Many of the accusations stem from a News 8 Investigation two years ago.

A total of seven members of the Medrano family are facing trial on charges of illegal voting and lying to a grand jury. We first reported on alleged voting irregularities back in the spring of 2010.

Incumbent Justice of the Peace Luis Sepulveda first filed a complaint with state officials after losing to Carlos Medrano by just a handful of votes.

Our investigation first revealed that two of Medrano's nieces voted for their uncle while apparently living in another city.

One of those nieces, Veronica Medrano has since confessed to prosecutors that they were encouraged to vote illegally by their Uncle Carlos.

On Tuesday, their father Frank and Uncle Carlos Medrano went on trial in Rockwall for voter fraud. Five other Medrano family members will also stand trial on voter fraud charges in the coming weeks.

Their attorney, Ted Lyon, said the charges are unfounded and are politically motivated by Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Justice of the Peace Carlos Medrano has already stepped down from the bench pending the outcome of the trial.

Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano and Dallas ISD Trustee Adam Medrano are not implicated in the case.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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