Friday, January 23, 2009
BROOKS COUNTY DETENTION CENTER! THE STUFF HAS HIT THE FAN!
DETAINEE AT BROOKS COUNTY DETENTION CENTER WHO DIED JANUARY 12, 2009 MARIO A. GARCIA. LAWYER AND FAMILY WANT ANSWERS AND BROOKS DETENTION CENTER RUNNING FOR COVER ! Are both the warden and jailhouse doctor fired because of Mario's death?
GARCIA LEAVES BEHIND A WIDOW AND A 10 YEAR OLD SON. REPORTEDLY BECAUSE HE DIED OF COMPLICATIONS FROM SEIZURES AND NOT RECEIVING HIS MEDICATION AT THE HANDS OF BROOKS COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
What started as advocacy and human rights violation concerns for Mario Garcia by his attorney Juan P. Reyna has apparently led to an avalanche of investigations and termination of staff and the warden and jailhouse physician Pembleton (awaiting confirmation from reliable sources).
By way of background Mario Garcia was being detained at Brooks County Prison and was requesting his medication which apparently was not given and the coroner has ruled that one of the causes of the death of this 42 year old man was seizures. This reportedly is a major side effect of the antidepressants and seizure medications if withheld. Attorney Juan P. Reyna of Alice and Corpus Christi has reported that the family had been concerned about medications not being given. Reyna was not available for comment to confirm or deny if there is a connection between the facility at Robstown owned by LCS and Brooks County and the prisoners allegedly being moved around and the unconfirmed report of the warden and jailhouse Dr. Pembleton being fired!
LCS is the correctional management facility which runs Brooks Detention Center. It is a private facility but receives a great deal of its money through federal government contracts for housing federal detainees. The federal courts and the U.S. Marshall's office are known for ensuring the safety of their prisoners and might have much to say about a prison physician reportedly defying a judge's order for suicide precaution or medications purportedly being withheld. It is also whispered that layoffs are imminent in part because of the repercussions from the death of Mario Garcia, a former banker who was accused of rigging bids on federal contracts. Garcia was never formerly sentenced prior to his death. Garcia had reportedly terminated Keith Gould his former attorney who had hinted that his death was due to suicide. Garcia a devout catholic and former alterboy's family was outraged by the implication, particularly when they heard the medical examiner's office had ruled in seizure complicartions as the cause of death. Currently even the famous Texas Rangers are investigating the case and suicide is reportedly being ruled out but this has yet to be confirmed. The Nueces County Medical Examiner, Dr. Fernandez, is reportedly examining the medical documents and awaiting toxicology screens to see how and if Mario's antiseizure medication blood levels were low to demonstrate that lack of medical treatment may have caused Mario's death. El Defenzor will continue to investigate to verify what is being publically voiced as a dereliction in duty by Brooks County Detention Center. LCS officials did not return calls today nor was El Defenzor able to contact former attorney on the case Keith Gould who indicated that Mario's death was a possible suicide which the family is enraged by.
How will this affect the ROBSTOWN detention center for LCS? Obviously prisoner safety and human rights are what is most important, isn't it? The Caller Times has reported delays in prisoners and funding for that facility. The 800 pound gorilla in the room is that there is an American from Alice, Texas dead because of apparent lack of medical treatment and dying of seizures according to the coroner, and it is not just about Mexican illegal