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Hidalgo's Staff Indictments Update
Upon the announcement of the indictments regarding Lina Hidalgo’s staff from the blatant vaccine outreach bid rigging. There has been a great deal of revelation’s coming to surface about the presiding Judge, Natalia Cornelio, and her entanglements with the Harris County Democrats. Most judges would immediately recuse themselves from presiding over a case in which they have clear bias to, but we have to remember this is Harris County, where solid legal cases go to die.
Judge Natalia Cornelio’s campaign donations alone is cause for concern for those seeking justice over blatant government corruption. On March 3, 2020 Commissioner Rodney Ellis donated $2,500 towards Cornelios campaign to take out Judge George Powell. It is known that Judge Powell was not an ally to Commissioner Ellis, it has been said that Ellis made this play in his quest to continue a lawless judicial system here in our county.
According to Aubrey Taylor of Houston Business Insider, “Cornelio worked as the Director of Legal Affairs for Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis. She is also one of the people who helped to negotiate and finalize the settlement agreement in the misdemeanor bail reform lawsuit in Harris County”
Holly Hansen of The Texan discovered in campaign finance reports that Cornelio received a small donation of $100 from Elevate Strategies owner Pereyra in 2020, but also a $1,000 donation from Neeraj Tandon, one of the vendors Pereyra had subcontracted to manage the vaccine outreach contract.
Other donors listed on Cornelio’s reports include Hidalgo’s legal counsel Kathryn Kase and Hidalgo’s recently hired criminal defense attorney Ashlee McFarlane. These findings alone build a strong enough case for recusal. Though, as of now there has been no annoucement of Judge Cornelio doing so.
Judge Cornelio also received an endorsement from Texas Organizing Project “TOP”, another organization which has received over $250,000 in donations from Commissioner Rodney Ellis. Another conflict of interest, is that Wallis Nader and Natalia Cornelio worked alongside one another regarding various “social justice” issues.
My conclusion is, if Judge Cornelio does not recuse herself, the County will not see a fair trial without bias. It is quite disheartening to realize how rigged the system is by the County’s Democrats in order to protect themselves, as opposed to their constituents. Seems like we are the real “Public Servants” to these local politicians.