Special prosecutor named for Celis trial

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Former Nueces County prosecutor
Angelica Hernandez has been named special prosecutor for the April
trial of Democratic fundraiser Mauricio Celis on a charge of
impersonating a peace officer.
Hernandez told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that District
Attorney Carlos Valdez swore her in this week. She says Valdez, who
will leave office before the trial to become Corpus Christi's city
attorney, wants to ensure continuity in the case.
A message left Saturday by The Associated Press at Valdez's
office was not immediately returned.
Hernandez was one of the original prosecutors in the case, but
resigned last year to run for 105th District Judge.
Celis, a former law firm operator, was convicted last year of
posing as a lawyer. He is appealing.

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