Indictments against Cheney, Gonzales dismissed

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) - A judge has dismissed the indictments brought by a South Texas prosecutor against Vice President Dick
Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Administrative Judge Manuel Banales ruled Monday that eight indictments, including those involving Cheney and Gonzales, were improperly returned by a Willacy County grand jury last month. The indictments against Cheney and Gonzales centered on the alleged abuse of inmates at private prisons in the county.

Banales ruled that five of the indictments against two district judges, two special prosecutors and the district clerk connected to an investigation of Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra were unlawful because Guerra was the alleged victim and the person presenting the cases.

Banales earlier survived a recusal motion brought by Guerra. Banales then dismissed an indictment against state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. that accused the Brownsville Democrat of corruption.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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