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Section A: General News


Senior speaks out after banishment from Floresville council meetings




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Wilson County News
July 3, 2012 | 2,404 views | 4 comments

FLORESVILLE -- A Wilson County resident who has been prohibited, until further notice, from attending meetings of the Floresville City Council, alleges that her civil rights were violated. As a result, 70-year-old Deci Murphy said she has contacted an attorney.

“They’ve just taken away all of my rights to participate as a taxpaying citizen of Wilson County ... I don’t know why,” she said.

According to information provided by the Floresville Police Department, Murphy was issued a criminal trespass warning June 21 prior to a city council meeting. This was after Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo complained that Murphy allegedly threatened her June 14 prior to the regular council meeting, during a conversation about some startling observations revealed in Floresville’s recent financial audit report. (See “City bans senior citizen from council meetings,” June 27.)

Castillo said she had no comment on the incident when contacted June 29 by the Wilson County News. But Murphy, during a June 27 interview with the newspaper and KENS 5-TV, said, “I did nothing to threaten Ms. Castillo.”

Murphy expressed embarrassment over being escorted from Floresville City Hall by Sgt. Daria Fowler, Patrolman Kevin Swinehart, and City Manager Andy Joslin.

“I’ve never been escorted by the police from anything; wouldn’t you [feel embarrassed]?” she asked. “Anybody would feel embarrassed.”

Joslin said that he witnessed the June 14 exchange between Murphy and Castillo, but would not answer whether he considered Murphy’s actions to be a threat.

“I can’t feel Mrs. Castillo’s feelings,” he said.

Joslin also said Murphy’s banishment from City Hall was “not for her views, but for her aggressive nature.”

Lt. Jesse Evins of the Floresville Police Department said the state’s criminal trespass laws that apply to homes or businesses also apply to public buildings, if someone in authority -- such as a mayor or city manager -- deems it necessary to prevent someone’s presence. The party involved is then given notice and a criminal trespass warning is issued.

The lieutenant did, however, admit that he did not instruct officers to include a length of time on Murphy’s warning. Typically, Evins said, such warnings last up to one year, unless the mayor or city manager decides to rescind it sooner. He also said that Murphy has not been formally charged with a crime.

 

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txeagle  
Floresville  
July 10, 2012 2:00pm
 
Hello this is the txeagle,(the floresville, Defender).On the behalf of this 70-year-old Deci Murphy, Please back her up and support her. The City of Floresville, needs a good good cleaning. When I say cleaning I mean a good clean. ... More ›

 
Turbo  
Wilson County  
July 10, 2012 10:02am
 
If what I hear people say about these financial audits is true, I would feel threatened too, but dont shoot the messenger.

 
flying monkey  
runge  
July 5, 2012 12:54pm
 
how dare this council treat this individual like this, JUST WHO IN THE HELL DO THEY THINK THEY ARE to do something like this? This is a prime example of city state governments trying to stifle the right of freedom of speech, ... More ›

 
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Floresville  
July 3, 2012 3:33pm
 
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