Nueces County, TX – Justice of the Peace Amanda Torres, who was appointed to fill in the vacant judicial post and who is running for the seat as a Republican, late this week decided to take down a group photo of former persons who had occupied the seat of Justice of the Peace. It is a photo that taken to memorialize the last request made by former Justice of the Peace Armando Flores – a charasmatic and respected pillar of the community. It is a photo that was intended to hang there forever.
Late this week Judge Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG) was called by the staff of Justice of the Peace Torres’s office and told something to the effect: “Come and pick up the group photo or it is going to the trash.”
Then Justice of the Peace Jose. A. Gonzalez appears along with Former Justice Armando Flores, Former Justice of the Peace Enselmo “Blackie” Longoria, Former Justice of the Peace Mike Westergren – and at one end appears former Nueces County Clerk Ernest Briones. Gonzalez and Westergren are the only two surviving former JPs that appear on the photo.
Former Justice of the Peace (JAG) Gonzalez said: “I feel Justice of the Peace Amanda Torres should appologize to the families for action. I feel her whim reflects her immaturity. She fails to realize the historic value and consequences of that moment captured in history. It was a photo that took a lot of coordination.”
(JAG) Gonzalez concluded: “Again, it was former Justice of the Peace Armando Flores’ last wish – for all parties to put aside their diffences and gather in one place in time to send a loud message to the new generations that the struggle to humanize the judicial institutions was not an easy one. For the new generations to be reminded that there is still so much work to be done to better this area.”