Endorsements

Pat Maloney, Jr. • Tom Rhodes • Frank Herrera • Chief Justice (Ret.) Alma Lopez• Tommy Adkisson • Nico LaHood • Rep. Ina Minjarez • Martin Phipps • Fidel Rodriguez • Tim Maloney & Colleen Casey • Catherine Stone • Miguel Chapa • Michel Rowland • Kim Keller • Scott Westlund • Bill Ford • Clem Lyons • George Spencer • Congressman Charlie Gonzalez • Richard Orsinger • Margaret Mireles • Thomas J. Henry • Al Alonso & Maria Elena Torralva • Angela Davis • Jorge Herrera & Victoria Moreno•Herrera • Randy Pulman • Elliott Cappuccio • Alex & Shirley Katzman • Christine Reinhard • Joyce Dorycott • Larry Macon • Dan Sciano • Trey Adami • Laura Tamez • Wayne Shuffeld • John Tyler • Robert Scheihing • Liz Provencio • Michelle Maloney • Annalyn Smith • Dennis Peery • Buck Benson • Joel Pullen • Raul Rios • Roberto & Lorena Rios • Shannon Schmoyer • Javier Espinoza • Manuel G. Escobar, Jr. • Buck Benson • Emerson Banack • Dave Angulo • Pat Sheehan • Tom Crosley • Gladys DelFierro & Dan Vela • Charles Hornberger • Sam Bashara • Javier & Katie Herrera • Ed Snyder • Rep. Diego Bernal • Patrick & Elisa Bernal • Desi Martinez • Ernest Acevedo, III • David Leibowitz • Harry Bates • Alex Begum • Javier Villarreall • Jo Chris Lopez • Sonia Rodriguez • Jane Freeman Deyeso • Charles Hardy • H.E. Mendez • James Hall • James Branton • Lori Massey • Deanna Whitley • Beth Janicek • David Lopez • Shellie Reyes • Drew Fuller • Henry B. Gonzalez, III • Steve Chiscano • Richard Kasson • Frank Avery • Steve Benke • Roger Kirstein • Damond Garza • Rick B. Rodriguez • Jonathan Ashton • Christina Molitor • Lamont Jefferson • James Shaw • Biff Pennypacker • Lisa Vance • Cheryl Wilson • Gerald Drought • Jennifer Durbin • Heather Tessmer •Priscilla Camacho • Sam Druggan • Jesse Castillo • Jason & Tara Zehner • Herman Segovia • Jean & Allen Brown • Ann Buonocore • Patricia Wueste • Robert Allen • Mark Stein • Charla Davies • Richard Karam • Ernest Karam • Joseph Casseb • Russell Amsberry • Arthur Troilo • Sylvia Cardona • David Evans • Emma Cano • Adam Poncio • Alex Aguirre • Alfred Ramirez • Andrew Kerr • Leigh Cutter & Andrew Skemp • Ben Wallis, Jr. • Ben Wallis, III • David Prichard • Harold & Sharon Lotz • Jana Olson Baker • Patricia Oviatt • Jason Thompson • Bart Brzozowki • Kevin Young • Barry Snell • David Snell • Mark Murray • Bill Oliver • Bryan & Tina Kost • C.A. Rubiola, Jr. • Chris Negem • Christopher McKinney • Clint Lawson • Dan Vana • Daniel Kustoff • Melanie Phipps • Daniela Gonzales Adape • Dennis Drake • Donald Philibin • Dr. Wade Wilson • Ethan Tepperman • Frank Rivas • Jessica Brown • Jim Drought • Joe Gamez • Julia W. Mann • Kyle Watson • Amy Geistweidt • Lawrence L. Garcia • Stephanie Bandoske • Tiffanie Clausewitz • Rick Reed • Ron Salazar • Tim Daniels • Matthew Pearson • Marc E. Gravely • Maria Enedelia “Nena” Gutierrez • James Hidgon • Matthew Wymer • Kay Martinez • Vanessa Valdez • Rachel Reuter • Cyrus Rea III • Ernest Valdez • David T. Emory • Daniel P. O’Conner • Veronica Legarreta • Amy E. Owen • George W. Mauze • Chase & Ashley Butler • Robert Vargas • Isabel del la Rivas • Mark LaHood • Neil Calfas • Paul Curl • Bennett L. Stahl • Diana M. Geis • Brittany M. Weil • Herbert Hill • Pamela Thompson • Ivan Friedman • Diane Rivera • Aric Garza • Stacy Goodbread • Jason Bashara • Brad Howell • Kate Soulsby • Rosa Marie Gonzalez • Lisa Duke • Gerald Kosoglow • Larry Goldman • Doug Pennebaker • Toni Delgado • Savita Rai • Tina Torres • Sue Hall • Roger Perez • George Salinas • Bill Piatt • Kristine Arlitt • Stephanie Macchia • Ivan Friedman • Pamela Julian

Judge Helps Bring Kidnapped Kids Home

[Originally Published on September 30, 2009]

San Antonio, Texas, September 2009 – Fast action on the part of presiding Judge Antonia Arteaga helped bring four kidnapped children home.

Mr. Alphonse Harris of Pontiac, Michigan abducted his 13-year-old daughter and three grandchildren (ages 5, 6 and 9) from their San Antonio home this past August after the untimely death of his ex-wife, Alice Harris. Mr. Harris allegedly used the late woman’s van to transport himself and the four children back to Pontiac without notifying authorities or Ms. Harris’s relatives in the San Antonio area.

Briana Harris, the Harris’ 13-year-old daughter, was quick to realize what was happening and took the first opportunity to send a text to her aunt, Denise Thomas. Briana’s fast thinking had authorities registering an Amber Alert for the missing children.

However, despite Mr. Harris’s arrest a mere two days after arriving in Pontiac, the children remained states away. Rather than contact relatives in San Antonio, Michigan CPS had handed them over to Alphonse’s sister, with whom he was residing. Stuck in a web of red tape, the children remained in Michigan awaiting a resolution, hopeful for a return to San Antonio.

Denise Thomas was worried for the safety of the children. Fortunately, she found Attorney Ben Wallis who recognized the urgency of the situation and took the case immediately. Mr. Wallis brought the issue to court where Judge Antonia Arteaga was presiding.

After hearing the details of the case, Judge Arteaga not only signed the orders for the children’s return but contacted the presiding judge in Michigan herself to begin coordinating the children’s safe return. “One judge speaking to another judge got the ball rolling,” said Judge Arteaga.

The children are now safely back in San Antonio.

“The situation could have been a disaster,” commented Mr. Wallis. “I thought it was unusual for a judge to go to those lengths. Too often judges just do their jobs and nothing more.”

Denise Thomas seems to agree, “If it wasn’t for Judge Arteaga we wouldn’t have the kids back.”

For her part, Judge Arteaga just seems happy to have been able to help. “They came to see me, actually,” she said. “When the children returned I was so excited to meet them and see that they were back and safe.” When asked how she felt about the day she made the important call to Michigan she simply said, “It was a good day to be a judge.”

Endorsements

Pat Maloney, Jr. • Tom Rhodes • Frank Herrera • Chief Justice (Ret.) Alma Lopez• Tommy Adkisson • Nico LaHood • Rep. Ina Minjarez • Martin Phipps • Fidel Rodriguez • Tim Maloney & Colleen Casey • Catherine Stone • Miguel Chapa • Michel Rowland • Kim Keller • Scott Westlund • Bill Ford • Clem Lyons • George Spencer • Congressman Charlie Gonzalez • Richard Orsinger • Margaret Mireles • Thomas J. Henry • Al Alonso & Maria Elena Torralva • Angela Davis • Jorge Herrera & Victoria Moreno•Herrera • Randy Pulman • Elliott Cappuccio • Alex & Shirley Katzman • Christine Reinhard • Joyce Dorycott • Larry Macon • Dan Sciano • Trey Adami • Laura Tamez • Wayne Shuffeld • John Tyler • Robert Scheihing • Liz Provencio • Michelle Maloney • Annalyn Smith • Dennis Peery • Buck Benson • Joel Pullen • Raul Rios • Roberto & Lorena Rios • Shannon Schmoyer • Javier Espinoza • Manuel G. Escobar, Jr. • Buck Benson • Emerson Banack • Dave Angulo • Pat Sheehan • Tom Crosley • Gladys DelFierro & Dan Vela • Charles Hornberger • Sam Bashara • Javier & Katie Herrera • Ed Snyder • Rep. Diego Bernal • Patrick & Elisa Bernal • Desi Martinez • Ernest Acevedo, III • David Leibowitz • Harry Bates • Alex Begum • Javier Villarreall • Jo Chris Lopez • Sonia Rodriguez • Jane Freeman Deyeso • Charles Hardy • H.E. Mendez • James Hall • James Branton • Lori Massey • Deanna Whitley • Beth Janicek • David Lopez • Shellie Reyes • Drew Fuller • Henry B. Gonzalez, III • Steve Chiscano • Richard Kasson • Frank Avery • Steve Benke • Roger Kirstein • Damond Garza • Rick B. Rodriguez • Jonathan Ashton • Christina Molitor • Lamont Jefferson • James Shaw • Biff Pennypacker • Lisa Vance • Cheryl Wilson • Gerald Drought • Jennifer Durbin • Heather Tessmer •Priscilla Camacho • Sam Druggan • Jesse Castillo • Jason & Tara Zehner • Herman Segovia • Jean & Allen Brown • Ann Buonocore • Patricia Wueste • Robert Allen • Mark Stein • Charla Davies • Richard Karam • Ernest Karam • Joseph Casseb • Russell Amsberry • Arthur Troilo • Sylvia Cardona • David Evans • Emma Cano • Adam Poncio • Alex Aguirre • Alfred Ramirez • Andrew Kerr • Leigh Cutter & Andrew Skemp • Ben Wallis, Jr. • Ben Wallis, III • David Prichard • Harold & Sharon Lotz • Jana Olson Baker • Patricia Oviatt • Jason Thompson • Bart Brzozowki • Kevin Young • Barry Snell • David Snell • Mark Murray • Bill Oliver • Bryan & Tina Kost • C.A. Rubiola, Jr. • Chris Negem • Christopher McKinney • Clint Lawson • Dan Vana • Daniel Kustoff • Melanie Phipps • Daniela Gonzales Adape • Dennis Drake • Donald Philibin • Dr. Wade Wilson • Ethan Tepperman • Frank Rivas • Jessica Brown • Jim Drought • Joe Gamez • Julia W. Mann • Kyle Watson • Amy Geistweidt • Lawrence L. Garcia • Stephanie Bandoske • Tiffanie Clausewitz • Rick Reed • Ron Salazar • Tim Daniels • Matthew Pearson • Marc E. Gravely • Maria Enedelia “Nena” Gutierrez • James Hidgon • Matthew Wymer • Kay Martinez • Vanessa Valdez • Rachel Reuter • Cyrus Rea III • Ernest Valdez • David T. Emory • Daniel P. O’Conner • Veronica Legarreta • Amy E. Owen • George W. Mauze • Chase & Ashley Butler • Robert Vargas • Isabel del la Rivas • Mark LaHood • Neil Calfas • Paul Curl • Bennett L. Stahl • Diana M. Geis • Brittany M. Weil • Herbert Hill • Pamela Thompson • Ivan Friedman • Diane Rivera • Aric Garza • Stacy Goodbread • Jason Bashara • Brad Howell • Kate Soulsby • Rosa Marie Gonzalez • Lisa Duke • Gerald Kosoglow • Larry Goldman • Doug Pennebaker • Toni Delgado • Savita Rai • Tina Torres • Sue Hall • Roger Perez • George Salinas • Bill Piatt • Kristine Arlitt • Stephanie Macchia • Ivan Friedman • Pamela Julian

Endorsements

Pat Maloney, Jr. • Tom Rhodes • Frank Herrera • Chief Justice (Ret.) Alma Lopez• Tommy Adkisson • Nico LaHood • Rep. Ina Minjarez • Martin Phipps • Fidel Rodriguez • Tim Maloney & Colleen Casey • Catherine Stone • Miguel Chapa • Michel Rowland • Kim Keller • Scott Westlund • Bill Ford • Clem Lyons • George Spencer • Congressman Charlie Gonzalez • Richard Orsinger • Margaret Mireles • Thomas J. Henry • Al Alonso & Maria Elena Torralva • Angela Davis • Jorge Herrera & Victoria Moreno•Herrera • Randy Pulman • Elliott Cappuccio • Alex & Shirley Katzman • Christine Reinhard • Joyce Dorycott • Larry Macon • Dan Sciano • Trey Adami • Laura Tamez • Wayne Shuffeld • John Tyler • Robert Scheihing • Liz Provencio • Michelle Maloney • Annalyn Smith • Dennis Peery • Buck Benson • Joel Pullen • Raul Rios • Roberto & Lorena Rios • Shannon Schmoyer • Javier Espinoza • Manuel G. Escobar, Jr. • Buck Benson • Emerson Banack • Dave Angulo • Pat Sheehan • Tom Crosley • Gladys DelFierro & Dan Vela • Charles Hornberger • Sam Bashara • Javier & Katie Herrera • Ed Snyder • Rep. Diego Bernal • Patrick & Elisa Bernal • Desi Martinez • Ernest Acevedo, III • David Leibowitz • Harry Bates • Alex Begum • Javier Villarreall • Jo Chris Lopez • Sonia Rodriguez • Jane Freeman Deyeso • Charles Hardy • H.E. Mendez • James Hall • James Branton • Lori Massey • Deanna Whitley • Beth Janicek • David Lopez • Shellie Reyes • Drew Fuller • Henry B. Gonzalez, III • Steve Chiscano • Richard Kasson • Frank Avery • Steve Benke • Roger Kirstein • Damond Garza • Rick B. Rodriguez • Jonathan Ashton • Christina Molitor • Lamont Jefferson • James Shaw • Biff Pennypacker • Lisa Vance • Cheryl Wilson • Gerald Drought • Jennifer Durbin • Heather Tessmer •Priscilla Camacho • Sam Druggan • Jesse Castillo • Jason & Tara Zehner • Herman Segovia • Jean & Allen Brown • Ann Buonocore • Patricia Wueste • Robert Allen • Mark Stein • Charla Davies • Richard Karam • Ernest Karam • Joseph Casseb • Russell Amsberry • Arthur Troilo • Sylvia Cardona • David Evans • Emma Cano • Adam Poncio • Alex Aguirre • Alfred Ramirez • Andrew Kerr • Leigh Cutter & Andrew Skemp • Ben Wallis, Jr. • Ben Wallis, III • David Prichard • Harold & Sharon Lotz • Jana Olson Baker • Patricia Oviatt • Jason Thompson • Bart Brzozowki • Kevin Young • Barry Snell • David Snell • Mark Murray • Bill Oliver • Bryan & Tina Kost • C.A. Rubiola, Jr. • Chris Negem • Christopher McKinney • Clint Lawson • Dan Vana • Daniel Kustoff • Melanie Phipps • Daniela Gonzales Adape • Dennis Drake • Donald Philibin • Dr. Wade Wilson • Ethan Tepperman • Frank Rivas • Jessica Brown • Jim Drought • Joe Gamez • Julia W. Mann • Kyle Watson • Amy Geistweidt • Lawrence L. Garcia • Stephanie Bandoske • Tiffanie Clausewitz • Rick Reed • Ron Salazar • Tim Daniels • Matthew Pearson • Marc E. Gravely • Maria Enedelia “Nena” Gutierrez • James Hidgon • Matthew Wymer • Kay Martinez • Vanessa Valdez • Rachel Reuter • Cyrus Rea III • Ernest Valdez • David T. Emory • Daniel P. O’Conner • Veronica Legarreta • Amy E. Owen • George W. Mauze • Chase & Ashley Butler • Robert Vargas • Isabel del la Rivas • Mark LaHood • Neil Calfas • Paul Curl • Bennett L. Stahl • Diana M. Geis • Brittany M. Weil • Herbert Hill • Pamela Thompson • Ivan Friedman • Diane Rivera • Aric Garza • Stacy Goodbread • Jason Bashara • Brad Howell • Kate Soulsby • Rosa Marie Gonzalez • Lisa Duke • Gerald Kosoglow • Larry Goldman • Doug Pennebaker • Toni Delgado • Savita Rai • Tina Torres • Sue Hall • Roger Perez • George Salinas • Bill Piatt • Kristine Arlitt • Stephanie Macchia • Ivan Friedman • Pamela Julian