Trials & Litigation

Judge bans live tweets by opposing counsel during deposition


Convicted for his role in a money-laundering conspiracy involving election contributions from a drug trafficker, a former South Texas sheriff got five years in federal prison.

After his sentencing last month, KGBT reported on tweets of what disgraced ex-Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño was saying during the federal court hearing.

But an attempt to share with the public what Treviño said during a recent deposition in one of the civil suits the former sheriff is now facing was soon shut down. In a Wednesday hearing in Edinburg, a state-court judge banned further tweets by attorney Javier Peña, reports another KGBT article. Peña represents a former candidate for the sheriff’s job in a lawsuit against Treviño.

Judge Rudy Delgado rejected an attempt by Treviño’s lawyer, Preston Henrichson, to limit the scope of Peña’s questioning in the ongoing 93rd State District Court deposition but nixed live updates from Peña’s Twitter account, the station reports.

“Our technology is far outpacing ability to formulate rules,” the judge commented.

Related coverage:

The Monitor: “Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño: ‘I did it.’ “

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