By now you've heard - no charges for anybody involved the meeting between council members and the historical nerds.
Let's walk back in time...
The District Attorney had referred the case over to the Texas Rangers. At some point a reporter asked the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) if there was an investigation. Mind you they didn't ask if there was an investigation into a specific person or persons. The DPS official writes back to all media outlets simply saying there is an investigation. They didn't say into whom or of what, but they confirmed an investigation existed. All the news outlets refused to follow up for clarity and just assumed they were investigating Jim Tolbert and others.
Then nothing happens for a long time. Two of those who were said to be under investigation have their lawyers reach out to various entities including the Texas Rangers to find out about the investigation. The DPS and their Texas Rangers told both of them independently that no investigation was under way from their end. I can tell you now what I've known all along - at least one person in the DA's office indicated that the reference over to the "Texas Rangers" was done legally, but mainly as a favor to a certain cadre of elected officials and former elected officials. The DAs office knew nothing would come of the request of the Rangers. They knew that the Texas Rangers would sit on the request for long enough to get through the city council elections. Once the Texas Rangers actually picked up the file and read it, they'd simply kick it back to the DA with their "findings." In this case they Texas Rangers found that they didn't have time to deal with local bullshit political faction toddler fights.
Mind you - I was told the above months ago, but couldn't expound upon how I knew where the process would take itself for reasons I think you can figure out.
To be clear - We learned not long ago that the Texas Rangers sent their findings to the DA. What that really meant was that they declined to investigate the situation. Had they investigated the situation there would have been an investigation... but there was none. Not a single person was ever asked a single question by a single DPS representative - Texas Ranger or otherwise.
The DA planned on sitting on this until everyone forgot about it. However, the local news people are real pesky about following up on this type of thing when the news get slow. This forced them to answer the question "where the hell are the frog marches and when can we see Jim Tolbert hung from a tree in that expensive damn park downtown?" The DA's office had to break the bad news - no charges. Nobody did anything wrong.
(Legal Disclaimer: Everything below here is complete fiction and didn't happen. None of it is true and all the names are not real people, but instead characters in my fictional portrayal of events that probably didn't happen in the past few years in El Paso. None of the stuff below here is true at all! Don't even bother reading it. Major waste of your time.)
You see, Jim Tolbert and a couple other council members weren't doing what Susie and her gang wanted them to do. They needed to remove those people and put in some people who would follow orders. Remember - in a certain local political faction's world, politicians answer to them, not their constituents.
But how would they remove incumbents?
What if an "investigation" popped up and they could tell voters that their rep was going to jail for the rest of their life? That would work, right? The sitting representatives wouldn't have to actually go to jail, but as long as voters thought they were going to be going to jail at some point in the future it would work. But how does one do that?
You take an elected District Attorney who has been on shaky election ground for a while and you make him a deal. You tell him that your political faction won't run a guy against him next time around if he were to make a big stink about this trumped up bullshit ethics complaint. All you gotta do Mr. District Attorney is say you're having the Texas Rangers look into it. We all know they won't, but it will take a while for that to shake out. Just long enough for us to lie to voters about what's going on and get the council members we don't like beaten on election day.
And the DA did what they asked because that DA knows the next election could be his last if this political faction opposed him. And there's nothing legally wrong with that. You can ask the Texas Rangers to investigate a mystery fart on an elevator and all they can do is say "no."
And that's exactly what happened. That's the kind of people YOU PEOPLE keep electing. The kind of people who defame someone through political intimidation of elected officials just to get their way.
How must you feel knowing that you live in a city where elected officials use each other to terrorize enemies? At what point do they start asking the elected Sheriff to send his deputies over to harass you and your family because you want to run for school board? I'm dead serious - this is where you are headed. Poke your head out and try to get politically involved without their permission and see how fast your reputation and job and family take hits from these people.
Think I'm lying? Just look at who has aligned themselves with this faction for this political season. The kind of people who swore they were scared of no one and would never be owned by this political faction. Those people are so terrified they've gone against everything they believe in just to keep from getting in trouble with them. That should scare you.
Also - the wanted to keep Oscar Leeser from running for congress... that's why they tied him up in this.