A civil case from the local 79th Judicial District Court has reached the United States Supreme Court. The Brooks County case petition for certiorari is styled Pablo Soliz Jr. versus The State of Texas and has been accepted for filing in Washington D.C.
It is the first case in modern history from Brooks County and maybe the only case ever to reach the highest court in the land. The case heard by a visiting judge from El Paso after the local judge was asked to recuse himself, originated with the removal of Soliz, an elected Brooks County Constable, by the Texas Attorney General's office.
Soliz was removed from the $300 per month job solely for lack of participating in renewal law enforcement training classes. He alleges in the petition the same points raised here in district court and other appellate courts: that he was illegally singled out and refused funding by Brooks County to attend training and then as part of collusion, illegally refused admission to the training academy because of age and disability.
While only one percent of all docketed petitions are selected to be heard by the highest court in the land, Soliz is hopeful it will be selected in order to expose and help fight the prevalent and well-known government cronyism and abuse in the area.
It is interesting to note that both the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Governor of Texas Rick Perry were both under felony investigation and eventually indictment while Soliz's removal case was pending locally.
Paxton, still the current Attorney General, who is seeking to remove Soliz, is currently under felony indictment and was indicted by special prosecutor Brian Wice, who has appeared previously as attorney on behalf of Soliz in Brooks County on an unrelated case.
Brooks County residents are over the years typically represented by politicians it rejects at the polls, such as this governor and attorney general and the current sitting district judge.
Representing Soliz before the Supreme Court is Houston attorney Jose Ricardo Soliz.