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Section A: General News


Texas Rangers investigate Miller


Texas Rangers investigate Miller
Floresville City Councilman Jim Miller informs the citizens and his fellow councilmen May 23 that he is the subject of a criminal investigation being conducted by the Texas Rangers.


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Wilson County News
May 29, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- He has been the subject of controversy well before becoming a member of Floresville City Council. But now, Councilman Jim Miller says he is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Miller, during the citizens input portion of the May 23 council meeting, said a Ranger visited him earlier in the day to inform him that 81st Judicial District Attorney Rene Peña had ordered the investigation into Miller’s residency. The Ranger also has visited area businesses including the Wilson County News, where he has made inquiries of Miller.

The question of Miller’s residency originated in August 2012, prior to the November municipal election. Minutes before the filing deadline, then-City Secretary Margaret Aranda notified Miller that he was ineligible to run. She based this decision on Miller having only registered to vote in June of that year, despite indicating on his application that he had resided in the city for five years, eight months.

In August, Alicia Pierce, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, said, “There is no obligation to establish residency through voter registration.”

Miller and his attorney, Eric Opiela, took their fight to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Antonio, where they filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, in an attempt to compel Aranda to place Miller on the ballot. Then-Wilson County Attorney Russell Wilson also filed an amicus curiae -- Latin for “friend of the court” -- brief, arguing that the city allowed Aranda “to perform a judicial gatekeeping function regarding access to the ballot,” which violated “constitutional protections against arbitrary and disparate treatment of voters.”

The court also ordered Aug. 24 that Aranda place Miller’s name on the ballot.

In his remarks during the May 23 council meeting, Miller highlighted the progress of the council and the city staff during the past six months. He cited successes, including the ongoing efforts to create Floresville’s first-ever land-use plan, steps being taken to address infrastructure needs, and an insolvency plan aimed at eradicating the city’s budget deficit by 2016.

“I am a businessman and I am a family man, and I have already spent countless thousands of dollars defending myself legally,” Miller said. “I will not continue as a councilman if the district attorney pursues these charges. I do not have the money, I do not have the time, nor do I have the energy for these types of things that are clearly political.”

Peña, during a telephone conversation with the newspaper, said, “Mr. Miller is welcome to make any statements he wants, but I do not have any comment on this issue.”

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New Guy  
Wilson County  
June 25, 2013 3:59pm
 
I vote for the 4th to run for office....she is middle aged and vocal.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 23, 2013 9:00am
 
Alvin.....All the kings henchmen have a history of attempting to invalidate the vote of the majority. The people have chosen their preferred candidate. If you can't win at the polls, try to win in the courts. This shows ... More ›

 
Jane Q Citizen  
Wilson Co  
June 23, 2013 5:09am
 
I would like to know when he moved from Leon Valley to Universal City.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
June 22, 2013 4:09pm
 
I think the integrity of an election is a big deal, and im glad this one is being properly investigated.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 21, 2013 4:51pm
 
MR Miller pays city taxes. If I remember correct, the American revolution and the founding of this nation was based on resistance to Taxation without Representation. We sure have a lot of King Georges living in Floresville.

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
June 21, 2013 8:56am
 
And I heard from a very reliable source that the Rangers thought this was a STUPID investigation!!!

 
Its Me  
Over Here  
June 20, 2013 9:29pm
 
Alvin I heard from a good source that an indictment is pending.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
June 20, 2013 7:49pm
 
Any new developments on this?

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
June 19, 2013 9:43am
 
It's Me ... It's odd to call Mr. Miller "smooth talking!" He is very direct, and he knows his facts.

 
Its Me  
Over Here  
June 19, 2013 8:25am
 
In the know what exactly is "people like me". I along with Alvin have been nothing but civil in our responses and "you people" can't deal with the fact that we do not stand with you. I personally do not ... More ›

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