April 12-13, 2019: April 12-13, 2019 San Antonio Express-News coverage of Charlie Thrash’s guardianship trial, showing obvious bias against Laura Martinez and her counsel Phil Ross, a bias picked up from Court investigator Elaine Damian’s discredited report, which offered unsubstantiated opinions and misstatements of fact in place of an evidence-based, impartial investigation to discover the truth of Charlie’s incapacitation and whether or not Laura was exploiting Charlie.
Nowhere in this article does John MacCormack and the Express-News inform readers that Laura Martinez’s entire defense was struck from the record based on, among other reasons, Court investigator Elaine Damian’s erroneous, largely unsubstantiated, frequently-misstated Report. Instead Damian’s Report is quoted at length, without any further substantiation or research, and no attempt to offer any counter-argument against it. This is obvious bias in MacCormack’s and the Express-News‘ coverage of Charlie Thrash’s guardianship case that prejudices readers against Laura Martinez, and in favor of the Court, Judge Kazen, and Mary Werner.
Nowhere in this article does John MacCormack and the Express-News inform readers that this article omits all of Laura Martinez’s exculpatory evidence because Judge Kazen disallowed Laura Martinez to present to the court, through her attorney of choice, Phil Ross, factual evidence of Laura’s innocence. In our opinion, this is a gross journalistic omission, especially in a newspaper, whose primary role is to inform readers of all sides, not be the Court’s stenographer, especially when the Court appears to be engaging in action contrary to Law and Fact – and that should be evident to anyone who actually researches and investigates the facts of a news story.
This article, among the others MacCormack penned for the Express-News, shows how the lightly-talented, high-prejudiced but long-employed John MacCormack is used by the Powers that Run San Antonio to tell its citizenry what the social boundaries are that must not be crossed. It’s as if there is an unwritten law, enforced by Probate Court:
Even if a wealthy white man wants to leave his younger, Hispanic girlfriend his millions, and writes a legal, legitimate Will that names the girlfriend, that will simply not be allowed. We’ll guardianize anyone who tries to defy our control, take away their home and wealth, destroy their family, defame them in the newspapers, and convert their assets to our use.
Not in feudal, backwards, Medieval San Antonio/Bexar County, still run by Catholic macho patrons in a tight caste system, just like over 300 years ago, 1691, when the city was founded.