District Clerk Trial Postponed Despite Competency Ruling

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POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:47am

UPDATED: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 5:58pm

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EL PASO - An El Paso federal court judge has postponed the trial against District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez to June, despite him ruling Sanchez is fit to proceed with the case.

Federal Court Judge Frank Montalvo postponed the case, which was supposed to start May 3, to June 21st.

This, after he ruled Friday morning that Gilbert Sanchez is competent to assist in his own defense.

The hearing Friday was to determine Sanchez' competency after an apparent health incident, though lawyers for Sanchez would not say what incident spurred the psychiatric exam order.

Despite media reports, Sanchez said this hearing was never about his mental capacity and actual competency, but rather about his physical health to continue on, he said outside the courthouse Friday.

"Everybody goes through daily life of stress. Now compound it with work, the indictments, the civil lawsuits," he said. "When you affect one part of the body, it tends to affect another part of the body."

Sanchez is also facing sexual harrassment charges from a former District Clerk's Office employee, and is currently running to hold his seat in a runoff election to be held Tuesday.

We will have more details tonight on NewsChannel 9.

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What's going on here in El Paso. Mr. Gilbert Sanchez is not medically fit for trial, but he is fit to run for re-election. I can't believe Federal Court Judge Frank Montalvo, allowed Mr. Sanchez to get away with this. Mr. Sanchez needs to stop wasting our tax money. Mr. Sanchez if you did the crime be a man and face it. Don't call on a favor!!!!

It is beyond belief a portion of the city of el paso would even consider a person of this moral terpitude to serve in a position of civil management. This person has not only positioned himself in an unfavorable criminal light but has also shown he can not manage his personal financial responsibilities as well. Recently a KVIA segment showed he had not paid a local contractor for roof work at his home. He refused the reporter access to his home wich did nothing for his defense. Voters wake up!!

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